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F I S C A L I M P A C T R E P O R T
SPONSOR Grubesic
ORIGINAL DATE
LAST UPDATED
1-27-06
HB
SHORT TITLE Santa Fe County Teen Court
SB 246
ANALYST Hadwiger
APPROPRIATION (dollars in thousands)
Appropriation
Recurring
or Non-Rec
Fund
Affected
FY06
FY07
$50.0
Recurring
General Fund
(Parenthesis ( ) Indicate Expenditure Decreases)
Duplicates SB230, SB246
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
LFC Files
Responses Received From
Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)
Department of Finance and Administration (DFA)
SUMMARY
Synopsis of Bill
Senate Bill 246 appropriates $50 thousand from the general fund to the Local Government Divi-
sion of the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) in FY07 for a teen court program
in Santa Fe County.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS
The appropriation of $50 thousand contained in this bill is a recurring expense to the general
fund. Any unexpended or unencumbered balance remaining at the end of FY07 would revert to
the general fund.
SIGNIFICANT ISSUES
The AOC indicated the Santa Fe teen court program assists about 400 young adults per year and
has been in Santa Fe County for 12 years. The program gets referrals from municipal, magistrate
and district court.
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DFA added that the program deals with a variety of misdemeanor cases for young adults, age 12-
18 years of age. Fees collected from individuals who utilize teen court generate much of the
program revenues which are used for basic operations. This program has been successful in pro-
viding substance abuse counseling services. Administrative costs are used for drug and alcohol
counselors, screeners, facilitators, teachers, drug tests, testing disks, printing costs and insurance.
All services are provided to teens whom have citations for substance abuse and referrals made by
the magistrate/municipal courts, schools and juvenile probation officers. The program also pro-
vides drug and alcohol testing, upon requests. The program was receiving funding from DWI
grants, but has not received funding since the program began to charge fees.
ADMINISTRATIVE IMPLICATIONS
DFA indicated that LGD/DFA would enter in a grant agreement with Santa Fe County to admin-
ister this appropriation. The project will be assigned to a project manager in the Community De-
velopment Bureau. Previously, the DFA has administered a grant with Santa Fe County so this
should not be difficult.
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