Welcome to eFocus, an electronic newsletter produced by the NYS Division of Probation andCorrectional Alternatives (DPCA). As part of DPCA's goal to promote public safety through probation services and other community corrections programs, it publishes this newsletter. We welcome your suggestions.

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eFocus, Issue Number 24, April 29, 2004

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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  1. Mandated Reporting Training featuring local PO's
  2. COMPAS trainings continue
  3. YASI trainings held across the state
  4. Local Departments to further IMPACT on crime reduction
  5. Upcoming teleconferences for probation officer credits
  6. ATI programs in Ontario County proven cost effective
  7. POA Annual Conference dates announced
  8. New and important DWI information to be shared

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1. Probation officers featured in Mandated Reporting Training to be broadcast statewide - A Mandated Reporter Training for Law Enforcement will be broadcast to local DSS downlink sites across the state on Monday, May 3rd from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Probation officers from Orange, Dutchess, Westchester, and Albany counties were interviewed. Their comments on their mandated reporter experiences and those of other law enforcement personnel were taped for inclusion in the broadcast. DPCA encourages all probation officers to view this program. Two hours of continuing education credit will be awarded for this viewing session and certificates of attendance will be provided at the program's conclusion. For more information about the Mandated Reporter Training please contact DPCA Training Director Stephen Powers at (518) 485-2402 or stephen.powers@dpca.state.ny.us.

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2. COMPAS User trainings conducted across the State in spring 2004 - DPCA held COMPAS Users Training in March across the state for ninety staff from Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Clinton, Franklin, Putnam, and Sullivan County Probation Departments. Additional training is scheduled in April for Ontario, Seneca, and Wayne County Probation Departments. Dates for May and June 2004 will soon be announced. For more information, please contact Jami Krueger, Community Corrections Rep. II at (518) 457-5275 or jami.krueger@dpca.state.ny.us.

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3. Youth Assessment Screening Instrument YASI Implementation project brings more counties and programs on board – training conducted across the state in spring 2004 - Phase IV of the Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI) trainings began with a new county Director's Orientation on April 2, 2004 in Albany. Eleven new counties are scheduled to join the 35 counties already implementing the program. In addition, NYC programs such as the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Unit, CASES, (the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services), CCA (the Center for Community Alternatives), and juvenile offender programs within the NYC Probation Department are also progressing toward implementation. Initial trainings have been conducted in NYC, Albany, Poughkeepsie, and Cortland. Upcoming trainings in Nassau (June 2nd) and in Buffalo (June 8, 9, 10 & 11) are scheduled. For more information contact Patricia Donohue, DPCA Community Corrections Rep. II at (518) 485-5158 or patricia.donohue@dpca.state.ny.us.

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4. Governor Pataki launches first full-scale "Operation Impact" mission in Rochester- The Monroe County Department of Probation and Community Corrections is the first of 15 local probation departments to take part in the Governor's Operation IMPACT (Integrated Municipal Police Anti-Crime Teams). IMPACT is a strategically targeted plan for 15 counties in the State that account for 80 percent of crime outside of New York City. IMPACT addresses illegal guns, gangs, and drug crimes through coordinated and aggressive problem-solving among federal, state, and local law enforcement. Also, $7.1 million in State funding is being distributed to support IMPACT task forces in each county. Probation departments located within the 15 county jurisdictions will work jointly with police in communities doing "ride-alongs", stepping up efforts to serve warrants, and conducting home visits. "Today in Rochester, we are beginning our first, full-scale Operation IMPACT using State Police who will be patrolling together with Rochester Police and Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies to make the city's neighborhoods safer," Governor Pataki said. "Operation IMPACT partners state resources with local and federal law enforcement to aggressively fight crime in communities across the State. Every community is unique, which is why Operation IMPACT is designed to bring district attorneys, as well as local and federal law enforcement, together with the State to customize a plan that targets crime in their area."

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5. Copies of the March 31st, live telecast "Advancing the Effectiveness of Community Corrections" to be distributed to counties and programs - All county probation departments will soon receive a copy of this broadcast that Dr. Faye Taxman, Director of the Bureau of Governmental Research at the University of Maryland and the presidents of your professional organizations, NYSPOA, NYSCOPA, and NYAPSA. All other community corrections programs are invited to request a copy of this important dialogue and educational tool. Please contact Margaret Schieferstine at DPCA at (518) 457-6648 or margaret.schieferstine@dpca.state.ny.us to reserve your copy.

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6. Cost analysis of OntarioCounty's ATI programs supports beneficial use of ATI

Ontario County recently commissioned a study to determine whether the cost to run the county's four ATI programs (pre-trial release, community service, day reporting, and felony diversion) were cost effective and successful in meeting the county's needs. The results of the study conducted by the Center for Governmental Research, a Rochester-based non-profit agency, found that the programs are both cost effective and instrumental in reducing the need for additional jail space. The study determined that the county's cost of $230,000 plus the state's share of $130,000 to administer the ATI programs greatly outweighs the potential cost to the county for building ($1.5 million in construction) and managing (additional $450,000 for staffing and operational costs per year) additional jail space. ATI programs in Ontario County decrease the number of inmates in the county jail by 50 per day.

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7. New York Probation Officer's Association (POA) to host annual training conference in new location - The annual POA Conference will be held this year from August 11-13, 2004 in a new location all under one roof at the Best Western Sovereign Inn in Albany. The hotel is across from SUNY Albany on Western Ave (Route 20). Brochures will be mailed soon for conference registration. Visit the POA web site at http://www.nyspoa.com for additional information on presenters and hotel registration.

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8. Probation / STOP – DWI Symposium to be held in June - A statewide Probation/STOP-DWI Symposium hosted by the Warren County Probation Department and the Warren County STOP-DWI will be held on Friday, June 4th at the Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George, New York. All NYS county probation departments and STOP DWI Coordinators are invited to attend this important one-day conference which will present relevant issues related to new DWI legislation, NYS Department of Motor Vehicles Re-licensing policies and regulations, drug courts and the DWI offender. DPCA will also present two new interactive training CDs, one created for probation officers and the other for DWI Offenders. For more information contact Stephen Powers, DPCA Training Director at 518-485-2402 or stephen.powers@dpca.state.ny.us.

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9. Welcomes, Awards, Remembrances and Reminders

The Greene County Probation Department has PHYSICALLY moved to a new location. They are now located at the Greene County Office Building, 411 Main Street, Catskill, NY. Their phone number and mailing address remain the same: (518) 943-2563 – Greene County Probation, Post Office Box 267, Catskill, New York 12414. Please also note that the department's email address has changed to: grcoprob@discovergreene.com.

Transitions to announce should be forwarded to Yvonne Behan at

Yvonne.behan@dpca.state.ny.us.

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