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eFocus, Issue Number 82, December 1, 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. NYS Implements Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC)
2. Probation Pre-Employment and Recruitment Practices Guidance
3. Rockefeller Drug Law Reform and Interim Probation Supervision
4. NIC OWDS Employment Program Advances
5. Probation Automation and I-PRS Integration Continue
6. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News
7. Quick Facts

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1. NYS Implements Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) – DPCA conducted its first FCC Training in the western region (Wyoming County) of New York State during the week of November 16-20, 2009. Sixteen (16) probation and community correction professionals completed the newly developed 28-hour evidence-based training designed specifically for community corrections professionals. The FCC is based on the NYS DPCA 70-hour Fundamentals of Probation Practice (FPP) Curriculum—an APPA certified program. The training will be repeated in New York City during the week of January 26-29, 2010 for community correction practitioners. Please contact Dorothy.Ray@dpca.state.ny.us to register.

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2. Probation Pre-Employment and Recruitment Practices Guidance – DPCA has issued guidance to assist probation departments with the pre-employment screening and recruitment of probation professionals. The guidance was developed over the last two years by the Probation Professional Qualifications, Recruitment and Retention Workgroup with the assistance of the NYS Department of Civil Service and Division of Criminal Justice Services. It includes a discussion of the use of personal history questionnaires, the License Event Notification Services (LENS), background investigations, fingerprinting, psychological screening, as well as medical/physical and substance abuse screening. A probation-specific version of the DCJS Guidelines for the Use of a Public Safety psychological examination is also being developed and will soon be made available to probation departments. DPCA gratefully acknowledges the members of the workgroup, co-chaired by Monroe County Probation Administrator Robert Burns and Rensselaer County Probation Supervisor Wayne D’Arcy and coordinated by DPCA Community Correction Representative Gary Govel. State Director’s Memorandum #2009-7 is available in the Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY.

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3. Rockefeller Drug Law Reform and Interim Probation Supervision – DPCA recently issued guidance on the Rockefeller Drug Law Reform and probation practice with respect to Interim Probation Supervision (IPS) and the Judicial Diversion Program (JDP). This guidance clarifies questions raised by probation practitioners in implementing the new law and addresses the most effective use of IPS, and when the defendant is engaged in outpatient treatment or after a period of residential treatment and is being supervised in the community. State Director’s Memorandum #2009-8, is available in the Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY.

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4. NIC OWDS Employment Program Advances – The Offender Workforce Development facilitated employment program, “Ready, Set, Work!” is now being implemented in 14 counties throughout New York State. During 2009, 249 probationers and others involved in the criminal justice system completed the 20-hour skill-based program and 131 have secured employment as of this date. Sixty-two (62) probation and community corrections professionals have now completed the 180-hour NIC certified Training Program. DPCA will conduct its next NIC OWDS Program during the weeks April 12th-16th, May 24th-28th, and July 12th-15th of 2010 and will be able to provide a limited number of NIC funded double occupancy lodging scholarships. Please contact Cynthia Blair at Cynthia.Blair@dpca.state.ny.us for more information or an application.

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5. Probation Automation and I-PRS Integration Continue – The Nassau County Department of Probation implemented the Caseload Explorer automated case management system earlier this month and will soon join 19 other jurisdictions that have their automated systems interface with the State’s Integrated-Probation Registrant System (I-PRS). This interface provides for the automatic, near real-time updating of I-PRS information as the user inputs information into the case management system, increasing accuracy and eliminating the need for duplicate data entry. Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chenango, Columbia, Dutchess, Franklin, Fulton, Jefferson, Lewis, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Suffolk, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren, and Westchester Counties and NYC have now implemented the I-PRS interface.

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6. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News

~ DPCA is pleased to announce the availability of a second session of “Start to Finish: Steps to Successful Special Education Services”. This free one-day course, offered through the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD), will provide Probation Officers and other attendees with information to better understand the Special Education process. Participants will receive a complete copy of the NYS Education Department Part 200 regulations along with a large number of resources to take home. The training is conducted by trainers from the NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQCAPD). This session will be held on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at NYS CQCAPD, 401 State St., Schenectady NY. To register, please call Layna Maher at (518) 388-0693. Please contact Patti Donohue at Patricia.Donohue@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-5160.

~ DPCA has recently conducted a series of trainings on the new electronic Interstate Compact Offender Tracking System (ICOTS). The June 10th session reviewed ICOTS tools and icons, and the navigation of various screens; the July 16th session covered reporting instructions, transfer requests, notices of departure and arrival; and the September 23rd training covered retakes and formal fugitive from justice extraditions. The “LiveMeeting” sessions, as well as valuable handouts are available for download and provide helpful information to users. Files should be downloaded and saved on your computers as “LiveMeeting” sessions will be scrubbed within 12 months. The next “LiveMeeting” Training will provide a review of ICOTS and is scheduled for January 21, 2010, 10 am-12 pm. Assigned designees are encouraged to submit topic suggestions for this program to Sandy Layton at Sandra.Layton@dpca.state.ny.us.

~ Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center Unveils Federal Action Plan for Improving Responses to Children of Incarcerated Parents – The CSG Justice Center announced at a Capitol Hill briefing today the release of Children of Incarcerated Parents: An Action Plan for Federal Policymakers. The plan outlines promising practices and 70-plus recommendations for improving outcomes for the more than 1.7 million children of incarcerated parents. Supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Open Society Institute, the publication reflects the work of an advisory board of criminal justice and child welfare experts, representatives of community-based organizations, and a bipartisan group of state and local government officials. Copies of the plan can be downloaded here.

~ The Justice Center of the Council of State Government recently released Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of Specialized Probation Initiatives. This document provides detailed information on various aspects of working with persons with mental illness who are under probation supervision and may be accessed at http://consensusproject.org/jc_publications/probation-essential-elements.

~ The New York State Association of Chiefs of Police (NYSACP) publishes regular podcasts on various topics of interest to law enforcement including Sex Offender Management, Detecting Impaired Drivers, and State Central Registry for Child Abuse. To download any of these podcasts, please visit the NYSACP website: http://www.nychiefs.org/apb_podcast.php.

~ The NYS Mandated Reporter Resource Center is provided by the New York State Office for Children and Family Services(OCFS). Through a contractual agreement with the Center for the Development of Human Services (CDHS), training for all mandated reporters in New York State is available at no cost to participants. This site is designed to be a resource for information about the role and responsibility of mandated reporters of child abuse and maltreatment in New York State. http://www.nysmandatedreporter.org/

~ Kathleen Sciacca, M.A. will be offering "Motivational Interviewing Preparing People for Behavior Change: Theory and Skill Building" on March 22, 23 & 24, 2010, at the Hotel Beacon in New York City. This training seminar has open enrollment and is limited to 30 participants. The program yields 18 clock hours certified by NYS OASAS and a certificate of course completion will be awarded to all participants. Included is the practice of highly effective evidence based motivational interviewing skills, strategies and theory, the Miller and Rollnick model; the Stages of Change (Prochaska & DiClemente); compatible Cognitive Behavioral therapy strategies; and interventions and other pertinent topics and skills. This training is highly relevant and effective in work with clients who have various discrete and co-occurring disorders and for various behavior change issues across numerous systems of care. The training fee is $550.00 prior to February 10, 2010 and $650.00 after February 10th. Fee includes continental breakfasts, refreshments and course materials For full details and registration form please visit:
http://users.erols.com/ksciacca/MIannounce.htm

~ On 9/2/2009 Ontario County P.O. Jimmy Delgado was returning from a home visit when he observed a man assaulting an individual in a city parking lot. As Probation Officer Delgado approached the subject, he learned that the victim was a Canandaigua City Police Officer and was attempting to take a suspect into custody. Officer Delgado helped restrain the suspect while the police officer hand-cuffed the assailant and he remained at the scene until additional police officers arrived.

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7. Quick Facts: Ten (10) of the State’s 78 homicides linked to DNA samples collected by probation departments were made through the “Subject Index”. DNA samples collected by the Nassau County Department of Probation were linked to 4 of these 10 homicides. During 2009, 45 of New York State’s Probation Departments had sustained DNA collection rates of 90% or higher.

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