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eFocus, Issue Number 11, June 17, 2003
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Sara Tullar Fasoldt, State Director
Robert Maccarone, Executive Deputy Director
http://dpca.state.ny.us

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Editor's Note:  The eFocus is now distributed to well over 3000 community corrections professionals across New York State. You may receive more than one copy if your name and email address appears on different criminal justice and community corrections email lists.  I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  With time, duplicate names and address will be corrected.  Thank you for your patience. 

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1.DPCA surveyed local departments for case specific data; information received assists in CDS reconciliation and highlights probation's critical workload

As part of DPCA's reconciliation of the CDS (Client Data System), local probation departments were surveyed in April 2003 asking for specific information about their adult supervision caseload.  Results of the survey indicate that the total number of cases supervised statewide is 124,191; the Client Data System reflects a total of 192,442.  The survey also reflected that probation is supervising 4,518 sex offenders and 23,539 DWI offenders. The DWI caseload comprises 19% of the adult probation supervision caseload statewide.  Also, the survey indicated that probation uses 1,129 full time equivalent probation positions in supervising the reported 124,191 cases - a statewide adult probation supervision caseload average of 109 cases per officer.

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2. Bail surcharge bill passes senate

DPCA's legislative proposal to raise from 1% to 2% bail monies earmarked towards ATI service plans was introduced in the Senate by Senator Elizabeth Little, District #45.  As of June 12th, the bill had passed in the Senate and was delivered to the Assembly and referred to their Local Government Committee.  If enacted into law, this could be an important source of critically needed revenues for probation and ATI programs.

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3.  Allegany County Probation receives outstanding service award for its work with sex offenders

Robert Starks, a supervisor with the Allegany County Probation Department, accepted the Marilyn Etcheverry Award for Outstanding Service in the Field of Providing Treatment to Sex Offenders on behalf of his county department.  The award was presented at the 8th Annual New York State Association of Sex Offender Service Providers (NYSASOSP) and the NYS Alliance for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (NYATSA) Conference in Niagara Falls that was held May 1-2, 2003.  This award is presented to a program that demonstrates innovation, professionalism and an adherence to national standards. The award's namesake, Marilyn Etcheverry, was a founding member of NYSASOSP and pioneered a victim centered community safety approach for working with sex offenders

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4.  STEPS to End Family Violence, a DPCA supported ATI program, is nationally recognized for its pioneering efforts to end domestic violence

The Mary Bryon Foundation, a public grant-making charity based in Louisville, Kentucky, has recognized and honored a program located in East Harlem, NYC.  The program, STEPS to End Family Violence, is a family program of Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families. STEPS received a $10,000 cash award from the Mary Bryon Foundation in recognition of its pioneering work toward ending domestic violence and improving the quality of life for domestic violence victims and their children. STEPS was selected for this inaugural award from among over 300 applicants from across the United States.  For more information about STEPS to End Family Violence, visit www.egscf.org.

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5. DCJS' eJusticeNY receives 2003 First Place Award for "Best Overall Application"

The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has awarded DCJS' eJusticeNY with the 2003 "Best Overall Application" award for outstanding and innovative work in information technology.  The eJusticeNY initiative embodies the concept of coordinated and integrated criminal justice information systems in New York State. It is a browser-based user interface and a back-end of multiple programs, databases and interfaces, designed to give the criminal justice community a single point of access to all computerized criminal justice systems within New York State as well as those linked to additional networks; notably, NCIC, NLETS and III.  It will ultimately involve all New York State criminal justice agencies.  For further information contact the DCJS Customer Contact Center @ 1-800-262-3257.

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6.  Nominations sought to honor a state employee in tribute to former DPCA State Director George Sanchez

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated nationally and in NYS from September 15 through October 15th.  The 2003 theme is "Hispanics Energizing Communities through Public Service."  In keeping with this theme, the George L. Sanchez Award will recognize a New Yorker from the state's work force who has contributed outside of their professional scope to work with youth in a voluntary capacity.  Nominations must be received by JUNE 30TH.  There are three other awards that will be presented to individuals, not necessarily state employees, who fulfill nomination criteria for service in education, community service and law enforcement.  Contact NYS Crime Victims Board Commissioner Christina Hernandez at (518) 485-5719 or christinahernand@ovs.ny.gov for nomination applications. 

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7.Survey findings of NY's Criminal Justice Diversion Programs for the mentally ill are both encouraging and challenging

The NYS Office of Mental Health and New York University (NYU) in conjunction with DPCA and the Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors initiated a survey of county mental health directors in May 2001 to determine the number and types of jail diversion programs for persons with serious and persistent mental illness in the state.  According to an article issued in the March/April 2003 edition of Community Mental Health Report amesake, Marilyn Etcheverry, was a fou, "local mental health, county probation, alternative to incarceration programs and state parole have made significant efforts, resulting in a fair number of programs."  The survey concluded that approximately "40% of the counties in NYS are operating diversion programs which include adults with serious mental illness."  Additionally, the survey identified that "with over 45% of the programs being operated by ATI agencies, it appears clear that alternatives to incarceration (ATI) programs can also serve persons with mental illness if given the supports and linkages to the mental health system that they need."  In total, 46 counties and the City of New York responded.  Note: In 2000, NYS passed a law requiring criminal justice participation in planning mental health services in the community. For a copy of the article appearing in the Community Mental Health Report or more information regarding the survey, contact Valerie Chakedis of the NYS Office of Mental Health at vchakedis@omh.ny.gov.

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8.  Federal funds ($9.5 million) available to programs for mentoring children of prisoners

Between 1991 and 1999, the number of children with a parent in a Federal or state correctional facility increased by more than 100%, from approximately 900,000 to approximately 2,000,000.  In January 2003 President Bush said "Across our nation, many Americans are responding to the call to service by mentoring a child in need.  By offering love, guidance, and encouragement, mentors put hope in children's hearts, and help ensure that young people realize their full potential."  The Administration on Children, Youth and Families has announced the availability of financial assistance for the FY 2003 Mentoring Children of Prisoners Programs.  Applications are available at http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/fysb

or by contacting 1-800-351-2293.  APPLICATION DEADLINE IS JULY 15TH.

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9.  National Community Sentencing Association Conference - June 22-25

The 18th annual National Community Sentencing Association conference, "Responsible Justice: We Turn to Community" will be held on Long Island from June 22nd through 25th.  DPCA Community Corrections Rep. III Pamela Derrick, who is planning to retire on August 1, 2003, will represent State Director Sara Tullar Fasoldt at the conference. Ms. Derrick will also be moderating a workshop entitled "The Community Service Partnerships in New York State."  Rocco A. Pozzi, Commissioner of both the Westchester County Department of Probation and Department of Corrections, is scheduled to give the keynote address.  For more information contact (707) 573-3360 or (631) 243-4270 or visit www.nesaweb.org.

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10. "I am the Central Park Jogger: a Story of Hope and Possibility" author Ms. Trisha Meili to give the keynote address at NYS Health Department's 10th Annual Brain InjuryConference

This year's conference, entitled "Working Together: The Best Practice" will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York.  This conference is intended to add impetus to consumer directed community based initiatives and provide the most affordable accessible opportunities possible for learning, training, networking and sharing. For more information contact Laura Roe at (518) 474-6580 or lar04@health.state.ny.us

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11.Probation Officer of the Year Award - Thank you for your recent submissions. Nomination date has been extended to June 20th

This award recognizes an officer who has performed exceptional work within their department, the community and at the state level.  As in the past, State Director Fasoldt will present this award at the Probation Officers Association Summer Conference, which is being held July 30 through August 1st at the Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York.  Please forward your nominations to DPCA State Director Sara Tullar Fasoldt, at 80 Wolf Road, Albany, New York  12205 or flanigan@dpca.state.ny.us

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12. Welcomes and Rewards

DPCA is proud to announce the addition of four new Community Corrections Representatives: Michael Kendall, Cynthia Blair, Jami Krueger and Cindy Trimble.  Both Michael Kendall and Cynthia Blair have joined DPCA's TANF Unit.  Mr. Kendall previously worked for the Division of Human Rights as an Investigator, and Ms. Blair comes to DPCA from the Office of Children and Family Services' Tryon Residential Center, where she was a Vocational Specialist.  Jami Krueger, previously with the state Office of Children and Family Services' Bureau of Evaluation and Research where she worked on the juvenile justice side, recently started in  the Adult Services Unit at DCPA.  And Cindy Trimble, a former Sr. Investigator with the State Attorney General's Office, is a welcome addition to the Alternatives to Incarceration Unit.  Welcome to all! The Orange County Probation Department welcomed new probation officers Linda Char and Anna Ross in April 2003.  Rocco Pozzi, Commissioner of both the Westchester County Department of Probation and Department of Corrections was recently appointed by Pace University as Executive in Residence at the university's Dyson College of Arts and Sciences in the Criminal Justice and Sociology department.

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Yvonne J. Behan
Community Corrections Representative
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
80 Wolf Road
Albany, New York  12205
(518) 457-5275
ybehan@dpca.state.ny.us