Welcome to eFocus, an electronic newsletter produced by the NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives.  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 8, March 21, 2003
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.  Executive Leadership Program Training was held in White Plains on Friday, March 7th and will be offered as a one day program in Syracuse on Monday, March 24th.  Due to severe budget restrictions the Executive Leadership programs scheduled for Wednesday, March 26th, in Bath and Thursday and Friday, March 27th and 28th, in Buffalo have been canceled.  We hope those registered to attend sessions in Steuben and Erie counties will be able to join us in Syracuse. Please contact DPCA Community Corrections Representative III Steve Powers at (518) 485-5149 or powers@dpca.state.ny.us for more information. 

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2.  YASI - Youth Assessment Screen Instrument : Trainings and Implementation

Twenty-six of the twenty eight current YASI sites have installed their Version 3 software. Initial training is scheduled for Phase 3 counties that have not yet come on board on April 7-8 in Newburgh (Orange, Putnam, and Rockland counties) and on April 9-10 in Elmira for Chemung, Ontario, and Steuben counties.  Newly assigned staff from other YASI sites may be able to attend those trainings, space permitting.  Follow-up training this Spring is required for all individuals who attended initial training during the fall and winter.  This includes all currently up and running Phase 3 counties, as well as newly assigned juvenile officers from Phase 1 and 2 sites who previously attended initial training October 2002-January 2003.  The dates are as follows:

April 14-15  Rochester
April 16-17  Syracuse
May 12-15  Hauppauge (tentative)
May 27-28  Albany
May 29-30  Poughkeepsie

More information about other upcoming YASI trainings will appear in subsequent issues.

If you have any questions, please contact Norma Tyler, DPCA Community Corrections Representative tyler@dpca.state.ny.us

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3.  DPCA Reviewing Rules -  Comments Requested by May 1, 2003

Section 207 of the State Administrative Procedure Act requires state agencies to conduct a 5-year review of agency rules that have been amended or otherwise adopted since January 1, 1997.  In accordance, DPCA is reviewing the following Rules:

Part 345- Probation State Aid
Part 350- Investigations and Reports
Part 351- Supervision of Probationers
Part 352- Violations of Probation
Part 360- Waivers
Part 368- Public Access to Records
Part 369- Access to Personal Information

Public comment on the continuation or modification of these Rules is invited.  Please submit comments in writing to DPCA Counsel Linda Valenti, 80 Wolf Road, Albany, New York  12205 or contact her at (518) 485-2394 no later than Thursday, May 1, 2003. 

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4.  Pretrial Standards Committee Continues to Meet  

Pretrial Standards are critical to the programs currently available in 44 counties.  Probation department representatives and members of the New York State Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NYAPSA) met again on March 4th  and continued to revise and update Program Standards.  The Committee expects to have a final product by Summer 2003.  Please contact Community Corrections Representative III Pamela Derrick at Derrick @dpca.state.ny.us or Peter Kiers, NYAPSA President and Associate Director of Operations at the NYC Criminal Justice Agency at (646) 213-2508 or pkiers@nycja.orgfor additional information.

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5. Interstate Transfer of Youthful Offenders (YO) to Pennsylvania

DPCA sent out notification on January 31, 2003 to local directors and designees that a waiver is now in place allowing for the transfer and supervision of YO cases currently residing in Pennsylvania.  This is a reminder that resubmitted packages to Pennsylvania must be reviewed and updated prior to their submission and that home and employment information must be confirmed.  A detailed supervision summary covering the period from time of sentencing should also be included.  Clearly mark "YO Resubmission to PA" on the cover sheet and submit the entire package in duplicate to:  NYS DPCA, Probation Interstate Compact Office, 80 Wolf Road, Suite 501, Albany, New York 12205.

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6.  Pre-Sentence Investigation Workgroup met on March 10th

DPCA convened this work group to review the Pre-sentence Investigation function and the contents of the PSI report, specifically for criminal and superior courts.  At this meeting the work group heard from representatives from the Crime Victim's Board, Board of Examiners of Sex Offenders,  DCJS' Office of Forensic and Victim Services (DNA testing), Office of the Prevention of Domestic Violence, NYS Commission on Correction and NYS Office of Mental Health to obtain a better understanding of their needs as related to the PSI.  The work group includes representatives from Probation, DCJS, DOCS, Parole, and the NYC Criminal Justice Coordinator's Office.  This was the second of four meetings scheduled to take place before May 5, 2003.  For additional information contact DPCA Community Corrections Representative Pamela Derrick at derrick@dpca.state.ny.us

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7.  Prober-Plus User Meetings

DPCA hosted two PROBER-PLUS user meetings in March.  The vendor, QC Microsystems, discussed features of the latest release of the software and responded to questions and suggestions for new enhancements from the many users in attendance.  The first session was held in Albany on March 5th and a second meeting was held in Canandaigua on March 6th.  Plans for future user group meetings have been developed and will be announced shortly.  For more information please contact Barbara Gordon at DCJS at Gordon@dcjs.ny.gov.

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8.  Automation Project for Large County Probation Departments - An Update

Grant funding has been approved for this project to acquire a new case management system for large county probation departments.  A kick-off meeting was held in Westchester County on February 27th and a second kick-off meeting was held in Canandaigua on March 6th. A Request for Information (RFI) was released and preliminary work on the Request for Proposal (RFP) has begun. This project is a joint effort between DCJS and DPCA, with the goal of developing a system that will meet the needs of large county probation departments.  For more information please contact Barbara Gordon at DCJS at Gordon@dcjs.ny.gov.

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9.  Officer Safety and Survival Training

A statewide training model focusing on officer safety is currently being created by representatives from the NYS Probation Officer's Association (NYSPOA), Council of Probation Administrators (COPA), DPCA and the Division of Parole.  The curriculum is being created by the multi-agency workgroup and representatives of probation departments around the state, and the National Institute of Corrections has agreed to provide a consultant to assist in completion of the lesson plans.   A train-the-trainer program is planned for the spring of 2003.  For more information contact Kathi Pallotta (COPA) at 518-853-8380; Karen Birch (POA) at 845-225-0304; Joe Marchese (Parole) at 518-473-9666; or Steve Powers (DPCA) at 518-485-5149.

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10. Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) Highway Safety Grant Opportunities

State agencies and statewide not-for-profit organizations are invited to apply for funding opportunities for fiscal year 2004.  Governor Pataki has directed the Traffic Safety Committee to focus on programs that address occupant protection, unsafe driving, and pedestrian safety in this year's round of Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) Highway Safety grant awards.  Applications must be submitted on or before May 15, 2003.  Applications are available at www.safeny.com/hsforms.htm.  For additional information contact the GTSC at (518) 473-5111.

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11.  Ulster County Program to Participate in Nat'l initiative for Victims with Disabilities

The Ulster County Crime Victims Assistance Program was among ten organizations from around the country to be selected to participate in a national initiative to assist crime victims with disabilities.  The ten organizations are sub-grantees of SafePlace, one of the first programs in the nation to create a disability services program for victims.   The national initiative, totaling $850,000, from the Department of Justice/Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), is to be used by selected programs, Ulster County CVAP being one, to expand and enhance the current services they have underway for victims of crime to include crime victims with disabilities.  For more information about SafePlace, the Disabilities Services Program, or the grant recipients go to www.austin-safeplace.org.

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12.  NYS Crime Victims Board Issues Request for Proposals

The NYS Crime Victims Board is pleased to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) soliciting applications for crime victims/witness assistance grants beginning October 1, 2003.  This competitive applications process is open to both new and currently funded programs meeting the applicant eligibility and program requirements. Emphasis will be placed on funding programs in underserved areas of the State and on support for direct services provided by currently funded programs.  The applications must be postmarked by or before April 18, 2003.  No late submissions will be accepted.  For information call (518) 485-2952.

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13.  Innovative Program for Offenders in NYC Receives Nat'l Attention

La Bodega de la Familia is a program in NYC that provides a store front, 24 hour crisis intervention and counseling service for offenders and their families in order to break the cycle of crime, drug use and violence within the family and the neighborhood.  This program has received a $10,000 grant as part of the Innovations in American Government Award and is now on the "short list" of contenders to possibly be awarded the grand prize of $100,000 by the Institute for Government Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and administered in partnership with the Council for Excellence in Government.  La Bodega was one of nearly 1,000 applicants, and if named one of the five award recipients, will receive the $100,000 to encourage replication of its innovation in other jurisdictions.   DPCA funded La Bodega during its initial inception period in 1998 and 1999.  We congratulate them in receiving this well deserved recognition.

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14.  Welcome to the "Community Corrections Club

DPCA will publish the names of new hires, and promotions in your department or organization since January 1, 2003. Please send the names and titles directly to Yvonne Behan at ybehan@dpca.state.ny.us

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We sadly report that Vinny Gigliotti, an employee of the Oneida County Probation Department for nearly 42 years, passed away on March 19, 2003.  Ms. Gigliotti was a dedicated public servant and will be deeply mourned and sorely missed. Our condolences to her family and to her many friends and colleagues.

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Yvonne J. Behan
Community Corrections Representative
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
80 Wolf Road
Albany, New York  12205
(518) 457-5275
ybehan@dpca.state.ny.us