Funding OK’d for Court Programs

Several items related to the criminal justice system, specifically for some of the specialty courts operated by the 15th District Court, were given approval by the Ann Arbor city council at its June 16, 2014 meeting.

As part of its consent agenda, the council approved an amendment to a $76,242 contract with Washtenaw County Community Support & Treatment Services – for mental health treatment services to people who are participating in the sobriety court and the mental health court.

The council also approved a $44,200 amendment to a contract with the Washtenaw County sheriff’s office to provide drug abuse screening and monitoring services for the mental health court. Also getting approval on June 16 was a $108,174 amendment to a contract with the nonprofit Dawn Farm for drug abuse counseling and rehabilitative services.

And finally, the council approved a $40,000 amendment to a contract with Reiser and Frushour PLLC to provide legal representation as court-appointed counsel to indigent defendants. On that vote, Christopher Taylor (Ward 3) requested that the council allow him not to participate in the vote, which they agreed to do. Taylor, an attorney with Hooper Hathaway, provides legal services to Reiser and Frushour. He took a seat in the audience during the vote on this item.

This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall, located at 301 E. Huron.