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.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

eFocus, Issue Number 58, July 23, 2007
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert M. Maccarone, State Director
Thomas H. Slater, Executive Deputy Director
William M. Schaefer, Jr., Editor
http://dpca.state.ny.us

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

In this Issue:

1. New Intrastate Legislation Signed Into Law!
2. DPCA State Director to Chair Sentencing Reform Subcommittee
3. Mental Health Diversion Program Ready to Launch in Queens
4. Probation Record DNA sample collection solves serious crimes
5. DCJS Seeking Applications for the 2007 Operation IMPACT Tools program
6. New York State Probation Officers Association Conference Supported by DPCA
7. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) publishes "A Guide for Probation and Parole: Motivating Offenders to Change"
8. Awards and Events

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

1. New Intrastate Legislation Signed Into Law! – Governor Eliot Spitzer signed into law on July 3, 2007, DPCA’s departmental legislation which would require complete intrastate transfer of supervision and jurisdiction over probationers, effective September 1, 2007. Referred to as Chapter 191 of the Laws of 2007, this legislation was introduced in both houses by Senator Dale Volker (S.3886), Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (A. 8198). This new law will serve the interests of public/victim safety and sound probation management by requiring complete intrastate transfer of probation supervision and court jurisdiction. The new law will also allow more timely and efficient handling of intrastate transfer cases, especially with respect to violations.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

2. DPCA State Director to Chair Sentencing Reform Subcommittee – DPCA State Director Robert Maccarone has been asked by DCJS Commissioner Denise O’Donnell and Chairwoman of the State Commission on Sentencing Reform to Chair the Subcommittee on Supervision in the Community. The Subcommittee is one of four that will examine Sentencing Reform in New York State--the other three subcommittees address policy, sentencing structure and simplification and incarceration and reentry. The Subcommittee on Supervision is charged with reviewing current practices and making recommendations on probation supervision and violation, parole supervision and revocation, alternatives to incarceration, victim services and community resources. Representatives from each of the related disciplines have been asked to participate on the 12-member Subcommittee that is charged with reporting to the Commission on Sentencing Reform by August 22, 2007.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

3. Mental Health Diversion Program Ready to Launch in Queens – The Education and Assistance Corporation (EAC) is geared to start up the Queens Mental Health Diversion Program with funding assistance from DPCA through the Supervision and Treatment of Specialized Offenders grant. This new program is designed to expand services in Queens by diverting mentally ill felony and predicate felony offenders involved in the Queens criminal justice system into community based treatment in lieu of prison. Many of the program elements will be replicated from their successful Bronx Mental Health Court Program which has achieved international recognition and is considered a mental health court model in the United States. The New York City Department of Probation has dedicated probation officers to work in the newly formed Queens Mental Health Court. For additional information, please contact Bernard Wilson at (518) 485-5137 or Bernard.Wilson@dpca.state.ny.us.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

4. Probation Collects DNA Samples Linked to Several Database Hits – Probation departments collected over 33,000 DNA samples from probationers during the last 12 months. Since 2000, probationer DNA samples have been linked to 29 homicides, 181 sexual assaults, 25 robberies and numerous other serious crimes. In addition to collections from “Designated Offenders”, probation departments have collected 1,959 of the 6,827 samples in the “Subject Index” which have been linked to one homicide and one sexual assault. For additional information, please contact Walter Cogswell at (518) 485-5168 or Walter.Cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

5. DCJS Seeking Applications for the 2007 Operation IMPACT Tools program – Approximately $1 million is available to fund programs and strategies to reduce Part 1 crime in the 40 counties outside of New York City that are not designated Operation IMPACT counties. Applications for funding are accepted until the end of each month via the DCJS grants management system (GMS) until all funds have been awarded. For a more detailed description of the funds available please click the link below to read the RFP. Should you have any questions about Operation IMPACT Tools funding please call DCJS at 518-457-8404 to speak with a program representative.

The RFP is available on the following link:

http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/ofpa/pdfdocs/tools2007rfp.pdf

For additional information regarding Operation IMPACT, please visit:

http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/crimnet/ojsa/impact/index.htm

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

6. New York State Probation Officers Association Conference Supported by DPCA – DPCA will once again support the NYS POA Annual Conference, one of the finest training opportunities for line and supervisor probation staff. This year, DPCA will sponsor over 30 scholarships for local probation staff and it will sponsor 10 workshops throughout the program schedule. The State Director will be awarding two probation officers and one probation officer/social services worker team for their outstanding public service. More than 200 probation officers and supervisors are expected to attend. The NYSPOA Conference will be held August 1-3, 2007 at the Crowne Plaza in Albany, NY. Download the full brochure by visiting: http://www.nyspoa.com/Conference/NYSPOA_2007/Conference_Pamphlet.pdf

For additional information, please visit the NYSPOA website: http://www.nyspoa.com/

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

7. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) publishes "A Guide for Probation and Parole: Motivating Offenders to Change"The guide parallels the curriculum taught by DPCA in the two week Fundamentals of Probation Practice class. Specifically, this guide is an orientation tool which provides probation and parole professionals with a reader-friendly academic primer and a practical guide on the principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI). It gives specific guidance for probation professionals to use at all points in their everyday caseload management to effect long term behavioral change. This guide supports the use of evidence-based practices in community corrections, practices which have scientific research to indicate reduced recidivism and increased public safety. The entire 117 page document can be accessed at NIC's website: http://nicic.org/Downloads/PDF/Library/022253.pdf.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

8. Awards and Events

~ 2007 State Director’s Award Winners Announced! – DPCA is pleased to recognize the following individuals for their exceptional service, dedication, professionalism, and overall contributions to the field of community corrections:

Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer

  • Randy Ontl, Probation Officer – Delaware County

Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer

  • Sean Rentz, Senior Probation Officer – Albany County

Outstanding Collaboration Between Probation and Social Services

  • Willie Davis, Probation Officer – Chautauqua County
  • Diana Ward, Community Services Worker – Chautauqua County

This year’s award recipients will be honored on August 2, 2007 at the Awards Luncheon Ceremony held during the New York State Probation Officers Association Conference in Albany, NY.

~Save the Dates! ATI Focus Group Meetings Announced – ATI Focus Group meetings will be held for representatives from all ATI program models including Community Service Programs, Defender-Based Advocacy, Pretrial Release, TASC and Specialized/Drug & Alcohol Programs on August 14, 2007 from 10am to 3pm and again on September 18, 2007 from 10am to 3pm. Both sessions will be conducted at DPCA in Albany. The session is being repeated to accommodate the schedule of all participants. More information regarding registration and the agenda will follow. Topics will include the following: New DWI Laws and their effect on the ATI Community, Sex Offenders: Populations, Recidivism and Typologies, and Current Trends in Case Management: Working Smarter. For more information contact Yvonne J. Behan, DPCA Community Corrections Representative III at (518) 485-5160 or Yvonne.Behan@dpca.state.ny.us.

~ YASI/Caseload Explorer Integration to Launch in Two Sites – DPCA is pleased to report that Allegany and Warren Counties have agreed to serve as pilot sites to test the YASI/Caseload Explorer integration, with training planned for September. Probation Directors Dave Sirianni and Bob Iusi have graciously agreed to have their departments conduct this important work. We extend DPCA’s appreciation to both departments for their continued partnership with us in this work.

~ Juvenile-Risk Intervention Services Coordination (J-RISC) Initiative RFP Released – The NYS Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (DPCA) continues to support evidence-based programs and juvenile intensive supervision programs by making new funding available through the J-RISC Initiative. The goal of J-RISC is to measurably reduce the risk of recidivism among high-risk juveniles. The eligible population is expanded to include PINS and JD youth and families, juveniles under probation supervision, as well as part of diversion services. All probation departments are encouraged to apply. All submissions must be received by DPCA no later than Tuesday, July 24, 2007. For additional information, please contact Norma Tyler at (518) 485-5153 or Norma.Tyler@dpca.state.ny.us.

~ Supervisor’s Orientation to Evidence-Based Fundamentals of Probation Practice – These two-day workshops are open to Probation Supervisors, Staff Development Officers and Senior Probation Officers. Participants will be provided with an overview of the major topics, a description of the learning objectives and participate in some of the activities that are taught during Fundamentals training. The workshop in Albany on July 24-25 is being held at 80 Wolf Road, Albany, NY and is filled at this time. A second workshop has been scheduled in Batavia, NY on August 7-8 at the Genesee Community College Training Facility, Room T119 A & B. The final workshop in this series will be held in New York City on September 5-6 at the NYC Probation Department 33 Beaver Street Offices. For additional information, please contact Bill Schaefer at (518) 457-7905 or Bill.Schaefer@dpca.state.ny.us.

~ DPCA, in cooperation with DCJS, has scheduled additionalIPRS Live Meeting training sessions. The response to the earlier sessions has been very positive and DPCA encourages you to take advantage of this upcoming training opportunity.

The IPRS Live Meeting schedule of dates and times are:

  • Wednesday, July 25, 2007, 1:00PM – 3:00PM
  • Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 1:00PM – 3:00PM

It is recommended that at least one staff person from each probation department enroll in one of the above sessions. This will enable departments to adopt a “train the trainer” model. An IPRS Training Guide that complements the Live Meeting will be mailed to each enrollee prior to the training. To take part in a Live Meeting, please notify Judi Prendergast at Judi.Prendergast@dcjs.ny.gov one week prior to the session you are interested in attending to ensure that the training guides are received by your office prior to the session.

~ Statewide Symposium for Probation Directors scheduled for October 24-26, 2007 – This year’s program will be held at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs, NY. Registration information will be sent to all probation directors during the next week. For more information, please contact Bill Schaefer at (518) 457-7905 or Bill.Schaefer@dpca.state.ny.us.

~ Shared Services Orientation and Technical Assistance Meeting Held on June 6, 2007at DPCA – Participants included representative from five counties that each plan to launch Shared Services projects in July. Probation Directors and representatives from probation and mental health were present from Allegany, Madison, Schenectady, Warren/Washington and Wyoming projects. Each county discussed their plans to work with the targeted population of offenders with serious mental illness. Other presentations included Peer Advocacy and Systems Mapping based on the sequential intercept model. For additional information, please contact Bernard Wilson at (518) 485-5137 or Bernard.Wilson@dpca.state.ny.us.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

eFocus is the property of the NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives. Articles may be reprinted with attribution to the Division. For more information on any of the topics mentioned above, to report any difficulties you may have experienced receiving this email, or, if you have information you would like posted in the next issue of DPCA's eFocus, please contact Bill Schaefer at (518) 457-7905 or at Bill.Schaefer@dpca.state.ny.us.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

The eFocus is now distributed to thousands of community corrections professionals across New York State. You may receive more than one copy if your name and email address appear on different criminal justice and community corrections mailing lists. If so, please e-mail Bill Schaefer the name you would like removed from distribution.