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eFocus, Issue Number 79, August 5, 2009
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. Governor David Paterson Proclaims Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week in New York State
2. DPCA Releases NYS Probation Sex Offender Management Practitioner Guidance
3. The Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) Curriculum is Introduced in Three Regional Focus Groups
4. NIC “Thinking for a Change” Facilitator Training Offered October 26th-30th
5. Probation Violation Residential Centers (PVRC) Solicitation
6. Offender Workforce Development Specialist Training Enters Final Phase
7. DCJS to Distribute Advanced Alco-Sensors to Probation Departments
8. DPCA Commences Training in Motivational Interviewing September 22-24.
9. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News
10. Quick Facts

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1. Governor David Paterson Proclaims Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week in New York State – Governor David Paterson proclaimed July 19-25, 2009 as Probation, Parole, and Community Supervision Week in New York State, recognizing corrections professionals as “champions of community justice.” Governor Paterson stated, “Probation and Parole Officers and Community Corrections Professionals in New York State are on the front lines in safeguarding the public and working to ensure that our communities are safe…They work tirelessly in influencing and assisting young and adult offenders and at-risk youth so they can change their behavior and lead law-abiding lives.” To view the proclamation and press release, please visit the DPCA website at www.dpca.state.ny.us.

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2. DPCA Releases NYS Probation Sex Offender Management Practitioner Guidance – The management of sex offenders in the community poses significant challenges to probation professionals. Practitioner Guidance provides best practice recommendations for the community supervision of sex offenders and can assist probation departments in managing this diverse population. Specialized probation supervision, clinical evaluation and treatment, and the use of polygraph for monitoring, supervision and treatment purposes comprise the “Comprehensive Approach” endorsed by researchers and being implemented by probation departments throughout New York State. The Practitioner Guidance was developed through a federal grant, the Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management (CASOM) with the expertise of over 130 probation and treatment professionals. The Practitioner Guidance document has been sent electronically to all Probation Directors, participants in the 10 statewide focus groups and it is also available in the Probation Services Suite of e-Justice, New York. Please contact Laura Zeliger at Laura.Zeliger@dpca.state.ny.us for additional information.

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3. The Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) Curriculum is Introduced in Three Regional Focus Groups – DPCA will present the newly developed Fundamentals of Community Corrections Curriculum to Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) Program Directors in three regional focus groups to be held August 13th (Albany), August 20th (Wyoming County), and August 27th (New York City). During the Focus Groups, DPCA ATI Staff will present an overview of the newly developed FCC Curriculum. NYS ATI Program professionals participated in a statewide workgroup over the past two years in developing this evidence-based curriculum for community corrections practitioners. Later this year, DPCA will be delivering the first full FCC Training for community correction professionals. Please contact Dorothy.Ray@dpca.state.ny.us. to register for the Focus Groups. Registration is required.

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4. NIC “Thinking for a Change” Facilitator Training Offered October 26th-30th – DPCA will sponsor its second Facilitator Training in the cognitive behavioral program, Thinking for a Change. This is one of several nationally recognized cognitive behavioral change programs available to probation officers and community correction/ATI professionals. Since November of 2008, when DPCA launched its first “T4C” Training, 10 localities have implemented “Thinking for a Change” groups. In June of 2009, seven facilitators attended the “Thinking for a Change Advanced Practicum” Training and are now certified to provide facilitator training. DPCA will support the attendance and costs associated with training 24 probation officers and ATI professionals traveling more than 50 miles. This is an exciting opportunity for all community correction professionals and their departments/programs as they move forward with the implementation of cognitive behavioral change programming. Applications are due August 26, 2009. For additional information, please contact Kathi Pallotta, Director of Training at (518) 485-5157 or Kathi.Pallotta@dpca.state.ny.us.

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5. Probation Violation Residential Centers (PVRC) Solicitation – DPCA has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the expansion of the Probation Violation Residential Centers model in New York State. The requested expansion of the PVRC model will assist probation departments in stabilizing convicted felony drug offenders under supervision who are engaging in non-compliant behaviors that are likely to result in the filing of a violation of probation and commitment to state prison. Regional PVRC’s are residential centers that facilitate the provision of licensed drug treatment services. They also provide evidenced-based interventions to improve the offender’s compliance and response to community supervision. Please visit the DPCA website at www.dpca.state.ny.us. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, August 31, 2009.

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6. Offender Workforce Development Specialist Training Enters Final Phase – During the week of August 3-6, 2009, DPCA will hold the third and final week of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) training at the NYS Department of Labor. This is the second OWDS Training sponsored by DPCA and DOL. Both the Albany and Schenectady Probation Departments have provided instructors to this 180-hour certified training. This class of 22 graduates will increase the number of community correction professionals trained by New York State in the NIC curriculum to 45. Please contact Cynthia Blair at (518) 485-5162 or Cynthia.Blair@dpca.state.ny.us to learn more about how your agency can improve employment outcomes for persons under supervision.

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7. DCJS to Distribute Advanced Alco-Sensors to Probation Departments – DCJS has secured funding through the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) to provide alcohol screening devices (the Alco-Sensor FST) to Probation Departments throughout New York State. The distribution of these instruments, one to three units depending on the size of the department, will commence in September of 2009 and continue through the next 36 months. Please contact Ron.Bergstrom@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-9941 for additional information.

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8. DPCA Commences Training in Motivational Interviewing September 22-24 – DPCA is pleased to announce its first training in Motivational Interviewing for probation officers and community corrections professionals in New York State. Motivational Interviewing is an important skill and recognized best practice that can be utilized by probation officers and other community correction professionals in working with persons under supervision. Used effectively, motivational interviewing can assist individuals address ambivalence and lead to behavioral change. Through federal grant funding, DPCA is able to provide this training to a limited number of probation and ATI professionals. Similar trainings cost in excess of $500.00 in tuition. Probation Departments and ATI Programs will be required to pay for travel and/or overnight expenses, when applicable. The full announcement and application form are available on the Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY. Applications must be submitted by August 19, 2009. Please contact Kathi Pallotta, Director of Training at (518) 485-5157 or email Kathi.Pallotta@dpca.state.ny.us.

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9. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News

~ The New York State Office of Sex Offender Management (OSOM) is sponsoring a series of four one-day regional trainings on the use of the Static-99 sex offender specialized risk assessment instrument. The training is scheduled for September 8-11, 2009 and will be provided by certified trainer Dr. Dana Anderson. Probation Officers who complete pre-sentence investigations and/or supervise sex offenders are strongly encouraged to attend this important training. Additional information regarding training locations, dates, and registration will be forthcoming. Please visit osom.training@dcjs.ny.gov for additional information.

~ The State’s Office of Sex Offender Management (OSOM) is providing the opportunity to take one of three (3) online trainings sponsored by the New England Adolescent Research Institute (NEARI) free as part of their 2009 training. These courses are taught by some of the nation’s leading experts. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about sexual behavior problems and treatment in children and youth. Applications will be accepted from juvenile treatment providers, juvenile probation officers, community or residential direct line staff or child advocacy center staff. There are 120 training slots available and more than one participant from an agency may apply. Applicants may apply to more than one course. Each online course takes 3-4 hours. Registered learners can begin a course immediately. Courses may be complete in a single setting or in smaller increments as scheduling permits. To learn more, see the full course descriptions and links to one-minute samples on the following pages: Understanding Children's Sexual Behaviors – From Natural and Healthy to Disturbed; Stopping Sexual Abuse through Intervention with Sexually Abusive Youth; and, Current Practice for Treating Adolescents who have Sexually Abused To apply, please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=qRbQHOB_2bgvAPLAHK8EcalA_3d_3d. NEARI will be providing OSOM with periodic reports with information on the numbers of persons registered, courses completed and the evaluation survey results. Other online courses offered by NEARI and requiring a fee can be found at www.neari.org.

~ The NYS DCJS and the NYSP will host the 14th Annual Leadership Seminar for the National Center for Women and Policing in Saratoga Springs, September 23-25, 2009. Together, they join Chief Edward Moore of the Saratoga Springs Police Department in bringing this important training opportunity to the women in criminal justice of New York State. Further information about this conference is available through the National Center for Women and Policing website at www.womenandpolicing.org. Questions about this conference can be directed to the conference coordinator, Staff Sergeant Tera Arey, at 518-485-5044.

~ Julie Wolfer, the Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) Supervisor at the Broome County Probation Department was presented with the Cindy Chaplin Humanitarian Award by the Children & Youth Services Council. This award is presented annually to an individual who has exemplified a commitment to children’s services during the past year by providing advocacy for community children in need, establishing a new and innovative service or by bringing the child-serving community together to collaborate. The nomination indicated, “Julie serves as an excellent role model, mentor and advocate for others working in the field and for the youth who we serve”.

~ Catherine Lane, Dutchess County Probation Deputy Director, was recognized by the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) at their annual meeting in May. Cathy received an award for her dedicated work as a Board member and for her promotion and participation in the Marathon Project which pairs adults with at-risk youth. Cathy has been instrumental in the development of this project and continues to serve as a mentor. Pam Francis, Dutchess County Senior Probation Officer, was recognized by Family Services Inc. at the 2009 Champions of Victims’ Rights event which recognized the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week on April 29th. Pam received an award for “an innate ability to maintain a victim centered focus” and for her advocacy for “the development and continuation of the Victims Services Unit at Probation”. Pam was recognized along with John D’Angelo and Angela Lopane of the District Attorney’s Office.

~ Ontario County Probation Officers Ben Harrison and Kevin Case were recognized by the STOP DWI coordinator, Dru Malavese as “STOP DWI Officers of the Month – June 2009” for going above and beyond the call of duty.

~ On June 18th, a caller informed Sullivan County ISP Probation Officer Michael Krug who alerted Monticello Police to an individual wanted on Assault 2nd charges. PO Krug learned that the individual had a handgun and that he had fired it in the residence. The caller and her three children were reportedly in the residence. Police acted on an existing warrant and arrested the individual and recovered a .45 cal automatic pistol with the serial number defaced. The children were relocated and CPS was notified.

~ The National Institute of Corrections presented Gangs/Security Risk Group Awareness and Intelligence via WebEx e-learning on July 13, 2009. This program was facilitated by DPCA’s Cindy Trimble and Paul Annetts of the State’s Commission of
Correction. This distance learning course provided information on how to recognize gang/security risk group identifiers and behaviors, how to gather intelligence as well as understanding the steps to becoming part of the Intelligence Sharing Plan and benefiting from the Intelligence Community. Please contact Bernadean Iszler, National Institute of Corrections, Academy Division by telephone (303) 365-4409 or email biszler@bop.gov. for additional information or visit http://www.nicic.gov

~ DPCA Counsel Linda Valenti has prepared a legal summary on Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2009, particularly as they concern Rockefeller Drug Law Reform, and sent it out to all probation and agency directors. These laws include significant changes to the sentencing provisions of the State’s Penal Law concerning drug offenses. Please refer to the Probation Services Suite of e-Justice, New York.

~ The New York State Probation Officers Association (NYSPOA) Annual Training Conference will be held in Albany at The Crowne Plaza on August 12-14, 2009. Additional details of this year’s conference can be found at www.nyspoa.com.

~ The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is seeking nominations for the 2010 National Crime Victims Service Awards. Probation professionals across New York State continue to rely on our partners in the victim services field and it is important to acknowledge the individuals who are doing innovative and remarkable work. The 2010 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards are a way to celebrate these achievements. You are encouraged to nominate outstanding victim service providers, allied professionals, and crime victims and survivors for the eight award categories of the 2010 National Crime Victims’ Service Awards. The award recipients will be honored at the National Crime Victims' Service Awards ceremony on April 16, 2010, as a prelude to National Crime Victims Rights Week, April 18-24, 2010. Please visit the OVC website for additional details and to review the Submission Guidelines.

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10. Quick Facts: Probation Officers have completed in excess of 85,000 NYCOMPAS risk and need assessments—15,000 during the latest quarter April-June 2009.

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