The Trinity County Probation Department got a lot of good news all in one day last month when it received notice of two large grants and one small one to provide a boost in revenue the department was not expecting.

Chief Probation Officer Tim Rogers said the first notification was of a $500,000 grant for the Trinity County drug court program from the California Bureau of Justice Assistance — a source of additional funding he did not anticipate receiving this year that will be used to maintain a day reporting center and continue providing services to the drug court population.

The second notification was of a $297,000 grant from the California Department of Justice Proposition 56 program that Rogers said will fully fund the department’s school-based Prevention Squad program targeting tobacco use for the next four years through 2023.

Rogers said the Trinity Alps Unified School District, Mountain Valley Unified School District and Trinity County Office of Education all participate in the program, providing a share of funding that can now be deferred to 2023 thanks to the state grant.

The Probation Department also learned it is to receive a micro-grant of $4,300 from the California Board of State and Community Corrections for law enforcement officers to receive specialized training in working with individuals displaying mental health issues.

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