Substance Abuse Policy Advisory Board

The Substance Abuse Policy Board was established on May 9, 1990 with the adoption of Resolution No. 279-1990 per Florida Administrative Code requirements. The duties of the board are to address substance abuse problems, identify additional resources needed to address these problems, develop a prevention strategy and coordinate drug control efforts in Monroe County. The board shall also meet to review and recommend applications for funding under the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program.

Members of the board serve by reason of their job position as outlined in Resolution Nos. 284-2016 and 165-1999. All except the County Commissioner shall continue to serve until they are no longer in that position or termination of the Board by the Board of County Commissioners. The County Commissioner member will be designated by the Board of County Commissioners in November of each year.


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), Office of Criminal Justice Grants (OCJG) acts as the State Administering Agency (SAA) or designated pass-through entity for various federal grant programs, e.g., Byrne/JAG Grant Program, from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. OCJG secures, distributes, and manages federal grant funds for Florida’s Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement community.  

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG):  A national formula-based, block grant program administered by the U.S Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. Byrne/JAG funds are used to improve the criminal justice system and support various activities to prevent and control crime.  JAGC funds may be used to implement programs in the following program areas: (1) law enforcement; (2) prosecution, courts, and indigent defense; (3) prevention and education; (4) corrections, community corrections, and reentry; (5) planning, evaluation and technology enhancements; (6) crime and victim-witness programs; and (7) mental health programs.  For more information about the Byrne/JAG Grant program, you may visit FDLE’s website.

Monroe County’s Clerk’s Drug Abuse Trust Fund:  These funds have been used to supplement the Byrne/JAG funding and are used for substance abuse treatment and/or educational programs. The SAPAB will make recommendations on the amount of funds to distribute.

FY2021-22 Funding Cycle:  Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program & Clerk’s Drug Abuse Trust Fund

Submission of the Application and Deadline: To be considered for funding please complete the fillable application form (below). Applications must be received in the Office of Management and Budget, no later than Friday, April 30, 2021 before 5:00 PM (ET). 

Application Deadline April 30, 2021 - 5:00 PM

**VERY IMPORTANT:  You MUST use Acrobat XI or Acrobat Reader DC to complete and submit the application; other versions Adobe Acrobat do not seem to work with this application form. Link to download free Adobe Acrobat Reader DC: 

Federal Fiscal Year 2020 (FFY20) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant – Countywide

  • Monroe County’s allocation for the upcoming fiscal year is $55,199
  • Awards will be approved for a six (6) to twelve (12) month project period between January 1, 2021 and September 30, 2022.

SAPAB Recommendations for Byrne/JAG & Clerk’s Drug Abuse Trust Fund

Federal (FFY20) Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Cycle: Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FLDE) - Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program (RSAT) 

Aftercare Programs - Aftercare services funded through RSAT must include coordination between the correctional treatment program and other social service and rehabilitation programs.  These coordination efforts should include education and job training, parole supervision, halfway houses, self-help, and/or peer group programs.  

To qualify as an aftercare program, the head of the aftercare facility must work in conjunction with state and local authorities to assist the placement of program participants into community-based substance abuse programs upon release.  Additional information about the RSAT program is found on FDLE's website:

Estimated Project Period:  January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022

Application to request funding from the RSAT program for Aftercare Services: RSAT Application for Aftercare Services

Substance Abuse Policy Advisory Board Members

County CommissionerVacant
State Attorney, DesigneeVal Winter
Public DefenderRobert Lockwood
Circuit Court Judge, DesigneePeary Fowler
Monroe County Sheriff, DesigneeRick Ramsay
Chief, Key West Police DepartmentSean Brandenburg
Chief, Key Colony Beach Police DepartmentKris DeGiovanni
Jail AdministratorTim Age
Rep. of Local Drug Treatment ProgramDuane Triplett
Clerk of the CourtKevin Madok
Superintendent of EducationTheresa Axford
Court AdministratorHolly Elomina, Chairperson
Florida Department of Corrections, Circuit AdministratorBrylan Jacobs
Dir. of Community Mental Health CtrsMaureen Dunleavy

*The membership of the Substance Abuse Policy Advisory Board (SAPAB) is in accordance with Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) 11D-9.005.  Members serve by reason of their job position/title and shall continue to serve until they are no longer in that position or until termination of the SAPAB.

ADA Assistance

If you are a person with a disability who needs special accommodations in order to participate in meeting proceedings, please contact the County Administrator’s Office, by phoning 305-292-4441, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., no later than five (5) calendar days prior to the scheduled meeting; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call "711."