eFocus, Issue Number 17, October 24, 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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November 3rd Teleconference event has been postponed

The NYAASP/NYAPSA regional conferences, in conjunction with the DPCA Criminal Justice Teleconference, have been postponed until next March. Details will follow in future eFocus editions.

1. Client Database System Training Meeting addressed issues

DPCA and the State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) held a training/meeting on the Client Database System (CDS) on October 6, 2003. Fifty-four people representing twenty-six probation departments attended. The main issues covered were: 1) intrastate transfer cases that still appear on the CDS as being supervised by the sending county; 2) the large number of cases remaining as “Active” that are beyond Maximum Expiration Date without a Declaration of Delinquency; and 3) duplicate cases appearing on the Active Caseload listings. Notably, a new procedure for dealing with Intrastate Transfers was communicated, as were other actions that could be taken to correct the data in the system. Materials made available at the meeting are currently being updated and will be distributed to all Probation Directors no later than Wednesday, October 22, 2003. Questions should be directed to Walter Cogswell at 485-5168 or walter.cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us

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2. Probation Directors and policy teams preparing to gather for hands-on, in-depth review of county specific data on YASI assessments on youth in their populations

We are pleased to announce that three YASI Directors’ Data Workshops have been scheduled for November and December 2003. This is one of the most exciting director-level milestones within the YASI project. These 1½ workshops will provide probation directors and their policy team participants with the opportunity to not only view county specific data, but to engage in a number of activities: county-level team dialogue, assessment of implications for policy development, exchange of policy ideas across counties, and increasing your ability to access and interpret your county’s YASI data. Contact Yvonne Behan at Yvonne.behan@dpca.state.ny.us to reserve your department’s spot. The workshops will be held as follows:

Albany:

  • Monday, November 17th - 1 to 5pm – DCJS, 5th Floor Conference Room
  • Tuesday, November 18th - 9 to 5pm – DCJS, 5th Floor Conference Room

Western NY Region (exact location and time to be determined)

  • Wednesday, November 19th - 1 to 5pm
  • Thursday, November 20th - 9 to 5pm

Goshen

  • Monday, December 15th – 9 to 5pm, Orange County Office of Mental Health
  • Tuesday, December 16th – 9 to 1pm, Orange County Office of Mental Health

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3. Probation and community-based organizations seek information and share successes in providing services for a Shared Population

A meeting of the DPCA-funded programs for Defendants and Offenders with Mental Illness was held in Albany on October 15th. Five probation departments and two community based organizations discussed their programs and offered suggestions with regard to working with the mentally ill and criminally involved population in locations across New York State. Details were provided on what can be achieved in stabilizing these offenders and reducing the amount of incarceration time when one individual with mental health expertise is devoted to the probation caseload. In addition, the important work being done by the Rensselaer County project, funded through the Commission for the Quality Care of the Mentally Disabled, was presented: Russell Sage Professor Pat O’Connor discussed her statewide research, as well as an inventory of other programs in the state that work with this population. Expert consultant Terry McCormick, representing Arlene Walsh, the project coordinator, presented on a systems mapping of the criminal justice response with a mentally ill individual in Rensselaer county. This was done with assistance from the National GAINS Center for People with Co-Occurring Disorders. For more information contact Bernard Wilson at bernard.wilson@dpca.state.ny.us.

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4. COMPAS training coming to Albany in December: feedback prompts new format

Based on feedback from the COMPAS Master Trainers, DPCA has revised the format for the COMPAS training to be held on December 2nd and 3rd at DPCA in the 4th Floor Training Room at 80 Wolf Road in Albany. The first day will be an Implementation Training open to NEW departments signed up to begin using COMPAS and designed for directors or their designated administrators. This training session will provide administrators with assistance in the planning required to successfully implement COMPAS. The second day of the training on December 3rd is open to all departments CURRENTLY using COMPAS and will consist of software training only. There will be one morning and one afternoon session with 24 seats each. The sessions are for probation staff from COMPAS - using counties who have not previously attended training. Please contact Jami Krueger at 518-485-5158 or jami.krueger@dpca.state.ny.us with questions or to register.

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5. YASI (Youth Assessment Screening Instrument) provides collateral benefits

The Warren County Probation Department reports that integrating the YASI into the department’s protocols is saving valuable time and resources. Under the direction of Director Robert Iusi, Probation Officers are using the YASI to identify low risk cases for prompt adjustment at intake, allowing the department to focus resources on higher risk cases. Additionally, Probation Supervisor John Adams has revamped the department’s single page Parent PINS Complaint and School PINS Complaint forms, incorporating many YASI items related to family, school, substance abuse, and mental health. By having this information completed in writing by the complainant prior to the initial interview, probation officers now have answers to questions that might otherwise have taken a second or third meeting. Other counties using the YASI are welcome to contact DPCA Criminal Justice Representative Yvonne Behan at Yvonne.behan@dpca.state.ny.us for a copy of the Warren County PINS forms.

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6. Dutchess County Director of Probation and Community

Mary Ellen Still has been a long term and tireless advocate on behalf of domestic violence victims. As a member of the NYS Probation Domestic Violence Intervention Project Workgroup, her role has been highly regarded and deeply appreciated by all and especially by DPCA. Recently, the Dutchess County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault reaffirmed the importance of Director Still’s contribution at the coalition’s Annual Breakfast. At that event, Director Still was lauded for her commitment to furthering the goals of the victim safety and offender accountability. In addition to serving as a member of the NYS Probation Domestic Violence Intervention Project Workgroup, Director Still was a founding member, Past Chair and Secretary of the Dutchess County Coalition, a founding member of the Dutchess County Universal Response to Domestic Violence Steering Committee, and an active member of the Domestic Abuse Response Team.

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7. Counties are reminded to apply for PINS assistance –application deadline 10/31/03

Counties are invited to apply for peer-to-peer PINS assistance from the Vera Institute of Justice’s national Youth Justice Program (YJP). Over the past two years, the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), in consultation with DPCA, funded YJP to deliver a program of peer-to-peer assistance to help New York State counties prepare for and implement strategies to handle the anticipated influx of older youth entering the PINS system under the new law. Given the success of the program, OCFS is seeking to bring YJP into several additional counties in 2004 to provide peer-to-peer assistance focusing on the PINS system and analogous issues relating to the at-risk and delinquency population. Please contact Sara Mogulescu, Associate Director of YJP, at (212) 376-3157 or smogulescu@vera.org to obtain an application or if you have any questions. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS OCTOBER 31, 2003.

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8. AD/HD Guide issued by U.S Education Dept of significance to all who work with youth

Recognizing the need for proper identification of children with AD/HD and the impact of untreated AD/HD on school performance, the U.S. Department of Education is offering a new free guide to parents and teachers trying to navigate the special education system for children who have or are suspected of having AD/HD. Studies show that, compared to students without AD/HD, students with AD/HD have persistent academic difficulties, lower grades and a higher failure rate, frequent expulsions, increased dropout rates, and lower rate of college undergraduate completion. A free copy of the publication entitled "Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home," can be found online at:

http://www.ed.gov/about/reports/annual/osep/index.html#adhd-res or can be

downloaded from NJPC's website - www.njparentscaucus.org , Education Issues, or by calling 1-877-4-ED-PUBS.

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9. Welcomes, Awards and Remembrances

Just a reminder that this spot can be used to publicize and highlight new employees, retirements, awards and other special accomplishments. Please forward your information to Yvonne Behan at Yvonne.behan@dpca.state.ny.us.

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