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eFocus, Issue Number 106, May 25, 2012
New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services 
Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert M. Maccarone, Deputy Commissioner and Director
Nicole A. Aldi, Editor
http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/opca

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In this Issue:
           
1.         Stable 2007 and Acute 2007 Dynamic Risk Assessment
2.         Juvenile Interstate Transfer Information System
3.         Ignition Interlock Device Qualified Manufacturers Conference
4.         Juvenile Risk Intervention Services Coordination Summary
5.         Additional Training, Awards, Events and News
6.         Quick Facts

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1.   Stable 2007 and Acute 2007 Dynamic Risk Assessments – OPCA announces that the Stable 2007 and Acute 2007 specialized risk and need assessment instruments for sex offender management is now available in the COMPAS Suite of the Integrated Justice Portal.   The Stable-2007 and the Acute-2007 are dynamic tools designed to assess and track changes in risk status over time by assessing changeable risk factors. The Stable-2007 was developed to assess change in enduring dynamic risk factors that are amenable to treatment interventions, assess treatment needs, and help predict recidivism of sex offenders. The Acute-2007 was developed to assess factors that are suggestive of sexual recidivism taking place in the near future. The Stable-2007, Acute-2007, and the Static-99 can be combined to produce an overall assessment of a sex offender’s recidivism risk.  In order to access these screenings, users must log into the Integrated Justice Portal using the https://www.ejusticeny.state.ny.us/ URL, and bypass the https://www.ejusticeny.ny.gov/ banner.  Contact Gary Govel at Gary.Govel@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 457-4336 for additional information.

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2.   Juvenile Interstate Transfer Information System - The Interstate Commission for Juveniles (ICJ) is preparing to launch the Juvenile Interstate Data System (JIDS); this    application is a national electronic workflow system that facilitates state-to-state transfers, returns and travel for juveniles. The secure web portal provides automation to paper-based processes and creates accountability through all steps in the process. A critical part of planning for JIDS is the identification of users. Identifying probation users is necessary for the initial user load and an email was sent out to all Directors and Designees requesting the list of probation staff who will be utilizing this system.  If your county has not provided this information, please submit no later than June 1, 2012.  The certain software and hardware requirements for JIDS were also provided in the emails sent out to the localities.  If there are any questions regarding user lists, software/hardware requirements, or regarding JIDS in general, contact Shaina Kern at Shaina.Kern@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5166.

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3. Ignition Interlock Device Qualified Manufacturers Conference - On May 22, 2012, OPCA, in cooperation with the Governors Traffic Safety Committee, hosted its Third Annual New York State Ignition Interlock Device Qualified Manufacturers Conference at the Empire State Plaza in Albany.  The focus of this year’s conference was on the re-classification of the interlock devices.  The manufacturers engaged in a panel discussion on the re-classification issue and provided feedback on the New York State interlock laws from their perspective.   A panel comprised of monitors and judges also convened to discuss the concerns of the Courts and monitoring community in an effort to improve the work already accomplished since the enactment of “Leandra’s Law” on November 18, 2009.  If you have any questions or want more information contact Patricia M. Hogan at Patricia.Hogan@dcjs.ny.gov  or (518) 485-8855.
           
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 4. Juvenile Risk Intervention Services Coordination Summary- Since JRISC commenced in 2008, the program has continued to provide evidence based services and enhanced- supervision in seven counties.  The goals of JRISC are to manage juvenile delinquents and status offenders and address their risk and need areas through evidence based intervention- programs and  measurably reduce recidivism among high risk PINS and/or JD youth at either the diversion or probation supervision stage.  As of 2012, 1160 juveniles received JRISC services.  Of the juveniles that completed the JRISC program within the calendar year, 426 have had their case closed successfully with measurable reductions in their risk of recidivism. Contact Patti Donohue at Patti.Donohue@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5168 for more information.

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5.   Additional Training, Awards, Events and News

~ OPCA announces the date of first Phase Two Live Meeting trainings on the proposed new Probation Supervision Rule for New York State Probation.  “Probation Supervision Rule Training” Live Meeting Thursday, May 31, 2012 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.  To attend click on: Join the May 31st Live Meeting Now!  For more information on additional future Live Meetings and Regional trainings, contact Gail Roy at Gail.Roy@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5155.

~ OPCA is pleased to support the New York State Probation Officers Association Conference, during the period August 8 – 10, 2012, at the Hotel Albany, in Albany, NY.  OPCA is committed to the advanced training of probation officers and the Conference presents an important opportunity for this training.  Contact Patti Eglintine at Patti.Eglintine@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-7692 for more information.
 
~ OPCA announces five new training sessions on Motivational Interviewing, A Practical Application for Probation Officers.  This training is a valuable opportunity for probation officers to develop new skills that will improve their abilities to communicate and motivate probationers and others, as well as hone supervision skills in support of our state's newly proposed Probation Supervision Rule.  For more information, contact Gail Roy at Gail.Roy@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5155.

~ On May 18, 2012, twenty-five new probation officers representing thirteen counties completed the required 88.5 hour Peace Officer/Fundamentals of Probation Practice course.  Dutchess County Probation Director Mary Ellen Still and OPCA State Director Robert Maccarone were on hand to congratulate the course graduates.  For more information on Fundamentals training contact Gail Roy at Gail.Roy@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5155.

~ Twenty-eight participants returned to Albany on April 30, 2012 for the second week of the 180-hour NIC Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS)training sponsored by OPCA.  Participants from county probation departments, community organizations, NYS DOCCS, and Alternatives to Incarceration programs from across New York State reviewed their practicum work on Career Theory, Facilitation Skills, Assessment and Instruction, and Group Facilitation, all week one modules.  Second week modules built upon week one modules included; Barriers, Ethics, Transition and Interventions, Job Seeking and Employability, Retention, and Designing and Implementing Training and Workforce Development Services.  The third and final week of OWDS training will be held June 11-14, 2012. For more information on OWDS training contact Cynthia Blair at Cynthia.Blair@dcjs.ny.gov  or (518) 485-5145.

~ ATI Programs continue to provide critical services to New York State's criminal justice system by providing cost effective programs that reduce unnecessary reliance on local and state incarceration, reduce recidivism, promote public safety and assist individuals change their lives to become productive residents of our State.   Please visit of the OPCA website at http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov for the full 2011 Annual Statistical Report.

~ OPCA will offer the NYS Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) Trainingin New York City on July 11, July 18, July 25 and August 1, 2012 from 9am to 4:30pm daily at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.  This 28-hour evidenced-based curriculum is intended for ATI community correction professionals including probation officers who are working in ATI community corrections programs as well as County Reentry Task Force Coordinators and members. To register for this training contact Dorothy Ray at Dorothy.Ray@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-2393.

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6. Quick Facts: During 2011, OPCA conducted 45 training sessions (93 training days), with a total of 1,223 personnel trained in numerous areas of Probation Services and Community Corrections.

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