AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO EXPAND THE VETERANS JUSTICE INTERVENTION PROGRAM AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS FOR THE PROGRAM.
House committee substitute makes the following changes to the 1st edition.
Increases the appropriation for the Independence Fund, Inc. from $500,000 to $1 million for 2021-22, and now characterizes the funds as a directed grant. Provides further parameters for the use of the funds to establish and implement a pilot program to expand the Veterans Justice Intervention (VJI) program, now requiring the program to work with the sheriff's departments in the specified counties, now expanded to also include Chatham, McDowell and Nash Counties, and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Makes conforming changes. Clarifies that the previously specified requirements of the grantee are conditions of the appropriation of the grant funds. Makes organizational changes. Adds defined terms. Establishes parameters for the directed grant, including requiring disbursement in a single payment within 30 days of the date the act becomes law and providing that the funds do not revert. Adds that the act is to be cited as the "No Veteran Left Behind Act." Changes the effective date of the act to the date the act becomes law (was, July 1, 2021).
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