2017 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 26 - Human Services Code
Article 6.8 - Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program
§ 26-6.8-102. Tony Grampsas youth services program - creation - standards - applications

(1) (a) The Tony Grampsas youth services program is transferred to the state department. All program grants in existence as of July 1, 2013, shall continue to be valid through June 30, 2014. Persons appointed to the board shall continue serving until completion of their terms and may be reappointed as provided in section 26-6.8-103.

(b) The Tony Grampsas youth services program is established to provide state funding for the following purposes:

(I) For community-based programs that target youth and their families for intervention services in an effort to reduce incidents of youth crime and violence;

(II) To promote prevention and education programs that are designed to reduce the occurrence and reoccurrence of child abuse and neglect and to reduce the need for state intervention in child abuse and neglect prevention and education; and

(III) For community-based programs specifically related to the prevention and intervention of adolescent and youth marijuana use.

(2) (a) The board shall choose those entities that will receive grants through the Tony Grampsas youth services program and the amount of each grant. The state department shall administer the grants awarded and monitor the effectiveness of programs that receive grants through the Tony Grampsas youth services program.

(b) For one grant cycle, up to three hundred thousand dollars of the appropriation made for the purpose set forth in this paragraph (b) may be used to award technical assistance grants for community-based prevention and intervention organizations that work with youth. Organizations that apply for moneys pursuant to this paragraph (b) must use the moneys to assist with independent certification as an evidence-based program. Evidence-based programs must demonstrate an ability to meet rigorous requirements for evaluation and effectiveness to reflect an ability to change targeted behaviors and promote positive youth development outcomes.

(c) Any grant awarded through the Tony Grampsas youth services program shall be paid from moneys appropriated pursuant to paragraph (d) of this subsection (2) or out of the general fund for the program. The board, in accordance with the timelines adopted pursuant to section 26-6.8-103 (3), shall submit a list of the entities chosen to receive grants to the governor for approval. The governor shall either approve or disapprove the entire list of entities by responding to the board within twenty days. If the governor does not respond to the board within twenty days after receipt of the list, the list is approved. The board shall not award a grant through the Tony Grampsas youth services program without the prior approval of the governor.

(d) (I) The youth services program fund is created in the state treasury. The principal of the fund consists of tobacco litigation settlement moneys transferred by the state treasurer to the fund pursuant to section 24-75-1104.5 (1.7)(e), C.R.S. Subject to annual appropriation by the general assembly, the state department may expend moneys from the fund for the Tony Grampsas youth services program, including the compensation of youth members of the Tony Grampsas youth services board, as described in section 26-6.8-103 (1)(e)(II). All unexpended and unencumbered moneys in the fund at the end of any fiscal year remain in the fund and shall not be transferred to the general fund or any other fund.

(II) In addition to the moneys appropriated to the youth services program fund pursuant to subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (d), the fund also consists of any moneys appropriated to the fund from the marijuana tax cash fund created in section 39-28.8-501, C.R.S. Any moneys in the fund attributable to the marijuana tax cash fund shall be used for community-based programs for the prevention and intervention of marijuana use. Notwithstanding the provisions of subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (d), any unexpended and unencumbered moneys in the fund at the end of a fiscal year that are attributable to the marijuana tax cash fund shall remain in the fund and shall not be transferred to the tobacco litigation settlement cash fund or any other fund.

(III) If an entity seeks a grant from the board for a program directed at providing marijuana use prevention and intervention services to youth, one of the criteria the board shall consider is whether the program utilizes evidence-based practices in the delivery of services.

(3) To participate in the Tony Grampsas youth services program, an entity may apply to the board in accordance with timelines and guidelines adopted by the board pursuant to section 26-6.8-103.

(4) Entities seeking to provide youth mentoring services or to enhance existing youth mentoring programs are encouraged to submit an application to the board for grants directly from the Tony Grampsas youth services program, in addition to any funding the entities may be seeking from the youth mentoring services cash fund pursuant to section 26-6.8-104 (6), to establish or enhance youth mentoring programs. Entities submitting applications for grants directly from the Tony Grampsas youth services program pursuant to this section need not meet the requirements of section 26-6.8-104 (5)(b).

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