Division of Criminal Justice Services

Welcome to eFocus, an electronic newsletter produced by the NYS Division of Probation and Correctional 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 33, February 28, 2005
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Sara Tullar Fasoldt, State Director
Robert Maccarone, Executive Deputy Director
Yvonne J. Behan, Editor
Visit the DPCA website at http://www.dpca.state.ny.us

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In this Issue. . .

1. DPCA is seeking qualified instructors/consultants
2. DPCA arranges for training on the Rockefeller Drug Law reform
3. Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections running specific groups
and programs
4. Did You Know?
5. Resources, events and awards

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1. DPCA releases Request for Proposals (RFP) for qualified instructors/consultants to teach various probation and correctional alternatives training courses – DPCA has issued an RFP for qualified instructors/consultants to teach various probation and correctional alternatives training courses. DPCA intends to develop a list of potential instructors/consultants with whom it can contract. The purpose of the RPF is to provide interested individuals with sufficient information to prepare proposals for consideration by DPCA to satisfy its need for training instructors/consultants. A copy of the RPF can be found on the DPCA website at www.dpca.state.ny.us and also on the Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY. The DPCA Training Unit is the point of contact for this RFP. Any inquiries concerning this RFP must be directed, in writing, to Stephen Powers, Director of Training, DPCA, 80 Wolf Road, 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12205.

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2. DPCA arranges for training on the Rockefeller Drug Law reform - Training on the Rockefeller Drug Law Reform by Alan Rosenthal, Director of Justice Strategies, of the Center for Community Alternatives will be held in NYC on Friday, March 11. It will include a “New Sentencing Chart for Drug Offenders” and “A Quick Guide to Rockefeller Drug Law Reform.” Additional trainings are planned for Albany and other locations. To attend the NYC training, contact Jackie Borne at DPCA at Jackie.Borne@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-2393.

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3. The Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections runs many strength-based service interventions groups – most using cognitive behavioral skills - The Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections runs a variety of groups and programs relative to kids, families, DV, Stop DWI, job readiness, etc. The groups being run by the department include: a health information, decision making group named Marijuana Prevention for PINS and JD, a cognitive/behavioral skills curriculum used in an Anger Issues Group for adult probationers, a STOP DWI Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills group only open to DWI offenders and other drinking driving offenders, a group named WINGS - designed for women who are victims of domestic violence or who grew up in homes where domestic violence was present and a group called Parents Who Care (PWC), an evidence-based curriculum which assists in positive family management practices and a realistic approach to drug abuse, teen pregnancy, underage drinking, peer pressure and violence. There are also other teen specific groups such as the Recreation through Creation Group, a Teen Life Connections Group, a Violence Prevention Group and the Dutchess Youth Career Works Group.

Another group for youth will begin next week and is run with three interns from Marist College who will be available for homework assistance for PINS or JDs currently with the Diversion and Supervision Units of both family courts. For information about any of these programs, please contact Cathy Lane, Deputy Deputy of the Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections at (845) 486-2656.

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4. Did you know? - The RAND study of Intensive Supervision Programs (ISP) programs, initiated by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, identified greater participation in employment, among other factors, “as associated with lower levels of recidivism (both technical violations and new arrests)”, (Petersilia and Turner, 1991).

a Effective July 1, 2005, Section 3205 - Title IV, Article 65, Part I of State Education Law will be amended, as follows: “In each school district, the board of education shall have power to require minors from sixteen to seventeen years of age who are not employed to attend upon full time day instruction until the last day of session in the school year in which the student becomes seventeen years of age. Use the following link to go to the NYSSED website. The new legislation is available under “Compulsory Attendance”, then “EL3205”:


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5. Resources, Recognition, Events and Awards - Congratulations to Anne Martin on her recent appointment to Deputy Director of the Erie County Probation Department. Deputy Director Martin has returned to her roots as she was born and raised in Erie County. Prior to this appointment, Martin served as Deputy Director of the Suffolk County Probation Department where she began her career as a probation officer in 1971. Congratulations to both Deputy Director Martin and to our peers in Erie County Probation.

aMonroe County Office of Probation – Community Corrections recently advised their formal mailing address has changed. A new suite number and zip code have been added to assist in mail processing. While Probation Officers and staff work at various office buildings, all mail should be sent to the address below and it will be directed to the designated staff member.

Monroe County Office of Probation-Community Corrections
33 North Fitzhugh Street, Suite 2000
Rochester, NY 14614-1233

aComprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management: FY 2005 Competitive Grant Announcement - Application Submission Deadline: March 17, 2005. The purpose of the Comprehensive Approaches Sex Offender Management (CASOM) Discretionary Grant Program is to assist state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to improve their adult and/or juvenile sex offender management policies and practices by (1) critically examining their existing approaches to managing the population, (2) identifying their most significant gaps and areas of need, and (3) developing specific strategies to address these needs. Over the past 6 years, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has provided funds to 95 state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to enhance and improve the management of sex offenders in their communities. Historical and statistical information about sex offender management issues and the work of previous grantees is available online at the Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) web site (www.csom.org/). The web site also provides numerous resources and tools that may help applicants prepare their proposal.

aNew York Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals Annual Conference - Pretrial supervision, probation and law enforcement officers who work with drug courts are encouraged to attend the New York Association of Drug Treatment Court Professionals Annual Conference and Exhibit entitled “Celebrating a Decade of Drug Treatment Courts in New York State” to be held March 2-5 at the Clarion Riverside Hotel in Rochester, New York. This conference will focus on the lessons learned around the state and country to assure drug courts use best practices and to develop policy based on what works. The goal is to provide practical information to make drug courts and drug court practitioners more effective. There will be a special pre-conference session on “Pre-Trial Services in Problem Solving Courts” and role specific breakout sessions for pretrial supervision, probation and law enforcement officers. To register, contact Mary Cossey at 703-575-9400 ext. 36 or email info@nyadtcp.com. Registration onsite is available.

a"Screening and Assessing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Resource Guide for Practitioners" - The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention announces the availability of "Screening and Assessing Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Among Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: A Resource Guide for Practitioners." This 84-page online guide was written by Thomas Grisso and Lee A. Underwood for the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The guide offers comprehensive, user-friendly information on instruments that can be used to screen and assess youth for mental health- and substance use-related disorders at various stages of the juvenile justice process. It includes profiles of more than 50 instruments, guidelines for selecting instruments, and best practice recommendations for diverse settings and situations. The guide is available t http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=11936.

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