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eFocus, Issue Number 66, May 22, 2008
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

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In this Issue:

1. DPCA implements OWDS Employment Model in New York State
2. Probation Workgroup on Probation Qualifications, Recruitment and Retention Progresses
3. Awards, Events and News
4. Quick Facts

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1. DPCA Implements Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) Employment Initiative in New York State – DPCA, in cooperation with the Department of Labor (DOL) has received a $25,000 grant from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to implement the OWDS Model. DPCA and DOL have developed the “Pathways to Employment” Program for New York State Probation and Community Correction Agencies consisting of three components: Employment Matters; Ready, Set, Work; and Retention Counts. They are now recognized by NIC to train and certify professionals in New York State in the OWDS Model Program. Twenty-five (25) participants from 10 probation departments and 12 community correction agencies are engaged in the first certification program – a 180-hour curriculum that is occurring over a four-month period ending in June 2008. Offender employment increases success for individuals under criminal justice supervision and reduces recidivism. It is one of the community ties that can make the difference for these individuals and their families in participating in the economies of their communities. For additional information, please contact Cynthia Blair at (518) 485-5162 or Cynthia.Blair@dpca.state.ny.us .

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2. Probation Workgroup on Qualifications, Recruitment and Retention Advances with the Assistance of the Department of Civil Service – The Probation Professional Qualifications, Recruitment and Retention Workgroup was convened in November 2006 to examine DPCA Rule and Regulation Appendix H-10 regarding job descriptions and minimum qualifications of New York’s Probation Professionals. It also explored the challenges to recruitment and retention—barriers that often impact the capacity of probation departments to hire, train, promote and maintain the highest possible quality of probation personnel. The State’s Department of Civil Service is undertaking a statewide examination of the probation professional series of titles and qualifications for positions included in the Appendix H-10. To that end, Civil Service has announced a series of regional meetings to seek the input of probation professionals in designing survey questionnaires that will be distributed to all probation professionals. The jobs of the probation officer, assistant, supervisor and director have grown increasingly complex during the last decade and it is important that departments are able to recruit highly-skilled and educated professionals to meet today’s challenges. Please contact Gary Govel, Community Correction Representative II at 518-457-4336, or Gary.Govel@dpca.state.ny.us with any questions or comments.

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3. Awards, Events and News

~ DPCA has been advised by the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS) that there will be a delay in the launch of the pilot and full implementation of ICOTS. The pilot is now scheduled for early August with the full implementation scheduled for early October. This change in schedule will also impact data migration and training. In order to ensure the best possible outcome from this implementation process, DPCA is proceeding as originally planned and we would encourage counties/NYC to do likewise with regard to obtaining the newly required scanners/hardware. We will continue to keep you apprised as new developments occur. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Sandra Layton, our ICOTS liaison, at Sandra.Layton@dpca.state.ny.us.

~ The College Initiative…A Reentry Program of the Fortune Society will be offering bi-weekly Orientation sessions for men and women who want to begin or continue their college education upon release from prison or jail. The sessions will be held at The Fortune Society offices 29-76 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, NY on May 23rd, June 6th & 20th, July 11th & 25th, and August 8th & 22nd. For additional information, please contact The College Initiative at (718) 960-1970.

~ Office of Homeland Security Preparedness Training “Law Enforcement Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts” will be held on June 26, 2008 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (8 Hours) at the New York State Preparedness Training Center, 5900 Airport Boulevard, Oriskany, NY 13424. This is a Law Enforcement Only Course. To REGISTER online, go to http://www.security.state.ny.us/training/training_calendar.php. For more information, contact the OHS Training & Exercise Division Phone: (518) 485-9453 or email training@security.state.ny.us

~ The DCJS Office of Sex Offender Management presents “Developing Effective Strategies in Your Community: Sex Offender Management.” Join law enforcement, parole and probation officers, victim advocates, sex offender treatment providers, elected officials, district attorneys, community organizations, defense attorneys, and school, social service and mental health professionals for an overview on sex offender management. This free, all-day training is designed to assist local practitioners in sex offender management, establishing effective community responses and planning prevention education. Depending on the site, key presenters will be either Robert McGrath, M.A. – Clinical Director of the Vermont Department of Correction’s statewide network of prison and outpatient sex offender treatment programs or David D’Amora, M.S., LPC, CFC – Clinical Member of the International Association for the Treatment of Sex Abusers and a member of the team that developed the national Comprehensive Assessment Protocol for the Management of Sexual Offenders. This course will be offered in the following regions: June 2 Lower Hudson (SUNY Purchase); June 3 NYC/Long Island (Midtown Holiday Inn); June 5 Northern (SUNY Plattsburgh); June 11 Western (Holiday Inn @ Buffalo Airport); June 12 Central (LeMoyne College); June 13 Southern Tier (Broome Community College); and, June 19 Capital District (Hudson Valley Community College). To obtain registration information email osom.training@dcjs.ny.gov or fax (518) 485-7893.

~ The 2008 New York State Probation Officers Association Conference will be held August 13-15, 2008 at the Albany Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany, NY. Conference details and registration information are available at: http://www.nyspoa.com.

~ The Association of New York State Youth Bureaus 38th Annual Conference is being held October 26-29th, 2008 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool NY. This year's theme is "Youth Development: Roots for a Strong New York" and workshop proposals are being accepted through May 30, 2008. The conference will focus on such issues as: Promoting Positive Youth Development, Resiliency, Effective Leadership in Changing Times, Quality After School Programs, Collaborative Planning, Youth Leadership, Voice and Civic Engagement, Effective Services for Runaway and Homeless Youth, Inclusion, Juvenile Violence, Disconnected Youth, Adolescent Sexuality and Pregnancy Prevention, Substance Abuse and other Adolescent Health Related Issues, Creative Fundraising and Marketing, Out-of-School Time Programming, School/Community Collaborations and other topics of importance to achieve positive outcomes for children, youth, families and communities. For more information, please refer to their website at http://anysyb.net/.

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4. Quick Facts: DNA Samples collected by probation officers have been linked to 42 homicides. There are now 1,600 probation officers in 58 probation departments utilizing the New York COMPAS Risk and Need Assessment Instrument and they have completed assessments on nearly 30,000 offenders during the last year.

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