Welcome to eFocus, an electronic newsletter produced by the NYS Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (DPCA).  DPCA publishes this newsletter to further its goal of promoting public safety through probation services and other community corrections programs. We welcome your suggestions. 
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eFocus, Issue Number 87, June 3, 2010 
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. Statewide Regulations Promulgated for the Implementation of Leandra’s Law
  2. Counties Expand Polygraph Usage by Probation for Sex Offender Management
  3. Probation Sex Offender Management Workshop Presented at the NYSATSA Conference
  4. DPCA Announces Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) Training July 13-16, 2010 in the North Country
  5. Retention Counts!” Curriculum Enhances Offender Employment
  6. Domestic Violence in Rural and Native American Communities
  7. Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Behavioral Programs – Effective Probation Tools
  8. Thinking for a Change Cognitive Behavioral Program Facilitator Training
  9. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News
  10. Quick Facts

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1.         Statewide Regulations Promulgated for the Implementation of Leandra’s Law – On April 23, 2010, DPCA promulgated statewide regulations for the implementation of New York State’s Child Passenger Protection Act, also known as “Leandra’s Law”.  On November 18, 2009, Governor David Paterson signed Chapter 496 of the Laws of 2009, which increased the penalties for operators driving while intoxicated with children under the age of 16 in a motor vehicle; this became effective December 18, 2009.  A second major component of the law concerns the mandatory requirement that operators who are convicted of DWI misdemeanor or felony offenses install an ignition interlock device on the motor vehicle(s) they “own or operate” and who are sentenced on or after August 15, 2010. DPCA is currently contracting with seven manufacturers of ignition interlock devices who submitted proposals to become “qualified manufacturers” and who wish to do business in New York State on or after August 15, 2010.  Six of the seven manufacturers have expressed their intention of serving all four regions of the State.  Working with the NYS Association of Counties, DPCA conducted a statewide webinar training for county officials on April 19, 2010 and also hosted a statewide “Live Meeting” training for county officials on May 27, 2010 on the development of County Plans, due at DPCA on June 15, 2010.

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2.         Counties Expand Polygraph Usage By Probation for Sex Offender Management – Probation departments across New York State continue to advance the implementation of Post Conviction Sex Offender Testing (PCSOT) polygraph testing as a component of sex offender management for treatment, monitoring and supervision purposes. To date, 45 probation departments have indicated that sex offender probationers in their county may be subject to polygraph testing either as a condition of probation and/or a condition of treatment.  An additional 4 departments have plans to implement the use of polygraph exams in the coming year. DPCA’s 2006 survey indicated that 32 departments reported that probationers were subject to post conviction polygraph testing (A Polygraph Usage Map is available in the Probation Services Suite in E-Justice). Polygraph testing allows for targeted supervision and monitoring of this population, thus enhancing public safety. For additional information please contact Laura Zeliger, Community Corrections Representative II at (518) 457-5275 or Laura.Zeliger@dpca.state.ny.us

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3.         Probation Sex Offender Management Workshop Presented at NYSATSA Conference Gary Govel and Laura Zeliger presented a workshop on DPCA’s recently published New York State Probation Sex Offender Management Practitioner Guidance at the annual conference of the NYS Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (NYSATSA). The interactive presentation included a summary of probation sex offender management initiatives and findings and recommendations for effective supervision and management practices. The session reinforced the collaboration between probation, treatment and polygraph professionals. DPCA is currently developing a Practitioner’s Guide for the management of juvenile sex offenders.  For additional information, please contact Laura Zeliger at (518) 457-5275 or Laura.Zeliger@dpca.state.ny.us.

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State Director Robert M. Maccarone with FCC Class May 2010 in Albany

4.         DPCA Announces Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) Training July 13-16, 2010 in the North Country – DPCA recently conducted its third FCC Training in Albany, May 17-20, 2010. More than 20 probation and community corrections professionals received the latest evidence based practice training in interviewing, case planning, assessment, and much more.  During the week of July 13-16, 2010, DPCA will bring the FCC Training to the North Country at the North County Community College in Saranac Lake, NY.  In addition to ATI professionals, this training can be extremely beneficial for experienced probation officers who have not received training in the NEW Fundamentals of Probation Practice (FPP) within the last five years.  Please contact Yvonne J. Behan at (518) 485-5153 or Yvonne.Behan@dpca.state.ny.us and to register, please contact Dorothy Ray at Dorothy.Ray@dpca.state.ny.us.

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5.         “Retention Counts!” Curriculum Enhances Offender Employment – DPCA and Probation Departments have put the finishing touches on “Retention Counts!” – New York State’s newest addition to DPCA’s group curriculum for employment.  “Retention Counts!” is designed to engage the employed graduates of the “Ready, Set, Work! (RSW)” Program for individuals under probation and community correction supervision.  “Retention Counts!” supports employed participants with evening group meetings to examine job related issues which may lead to job loss.   “Retention Counts!” modulesinclude the resolution of Workplace Conflict, Effective Communication, Productivity and Advancement.  This new curriculum will be discussed in a workshop at this year’s NYSPOA Conference to be held in August. Please contact Cynthia Blair for additional information at Cynthia.Blair@dpca.state.ny.us.  

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6.         Domestic Violence in Rural and Native American  Communities DPCA has been awarded a new federal grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 that supports our continuing efforts to provide sound policy and enhance procedural practices of probation’s response to domestic violence.   Under this grant, DPCA will work with probation departments that serve rural and Native American communities.  To develop this specialized training, DPCA will conduct two regional focus groups in Onondaga (June 8th) and Erie Counties (June 9th).  The purpose of the focus groups is to discuss and determine specific probation practices and approaches that are culturally appropriate and most effective in responding to domestic violence in rural and Native American communities.  Please contact Bill Schaefer at (518) 485-5158 or Bill.Schaefer@dpca.state.ny.us to learn more about this unique opportunity.

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7.         Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Behavioral Programs – Effective Probation Tools – DPCA is pleased to announce a regional training series entitled Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Behavioral Programs – Effective Probation Tools. Motivational Interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioral programs are evidence based practices that can be utilized by probation officers to reduce recidivism through positive offender change.  This full-day training program will enhance the understanding of probation officers, in how they can facilitate change in offender behavior and reduce recidivism by utilizing MI skills and implementing cognitive behavioral programs. Statewide regional training will be conducted throughout July and early August in Albany, Batavia, Binghamton, Yaphank, Goshen and Canton.  Registration deadline is June 23rd. For additional details and information, please contact Kathi J. Pallotta at (518) 485-5157 or Kathi.Pallotta@dpca.state.ny.us.        
                                                                       
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8.         Thinking for a Change Cognitive Behavioral Program Facilitator Training – DPCA is pleased to announce facilitator training in the National Institute of Corrections cognitive behavioral program, Thinking for a Change, to be held August 16 - 20, 2010 in Albany.  During the past two years, DPCA has trained community corrections representatives from 21 probation departments and ATI programs as Thinking for a Change facilitators.  Many of these facilitators are now conducting this program in their counties and seeing a positive response from participants.  In June of 2009, seven of our facilitators attended the Thinking for a Change Advanced Practicum training and are now able to train other facilitators in this cognitive behavioral program. Application deadline is June 25th.  There are limited grant funds available to assist probation departments in sending probation staff to this training. For additional information, please contact Kathi J. Pallotta at (518) 485-5157 or Kathi.Pallotta@dpca.state.ny.us.          

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9.         Additional Training, Awards, Events and News

~          Through the months of February and March of this year, Laura Morris, of Northpointe, presented a series of six webinars on risk/need assessment and the New York COMPAS instrument.  These webinars were recorded, edited, and recently received at DPCA.  Over the next week, DPCA will be making arrangements to have each of these trainings available in the Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY and will pursue the possibility of having them accessible from the COMPAS Suite on the Integrated Justice Portal.  Notices will go to all Probation Directors and Commissioners when these trainings will be available.

~          NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (CQCAPD) will present a free workshop entitled, “Close Encounters with THOSE People: A Different Perspective on Diversity and Disability” on Wednesday, July 7, 2010 from 9:30a.m to 12:30 p.m. in Schenectady, NY. This activity-based workshop is designed to provide a unique opportunity to learn how to better meet the needs of today’s diverse population and promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in all aspects of life.  To register, please call Layna Maher at (518) 388-0693 TTY: Relay 711 and ask for 518 388-0693 or layna.maher@cqcapd.state.ny.us. Directions to CQCAPD to be sent once registered.

~          NYS Victims Assistance Academy (NYSVAA) will be held at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY from June 6th through 11th, 2010. The registration fee of $350 includes the 35+ hour course, meals, lodging in residence halls for five nights, course materials, NYSVAA Textbook and Resource Manual, and access to campus facilities. For additional information and to register, please visit: http://nyscasa.org/nysvaa/application.htm.

~          Because of the intervention, advocacy and facilitation of the Ulster County Defender Based Advocacy Program, three generations of a single family in crisis were assisted and are now re-connected and living law-abiding lives.  A pregnant 15 year old run-away victim of child abuse and domestic violence is now back in school and in treatment.  The fifteen year-old female was charged with assaulting her abusive boyfriend.  Both the mother and her daughter are now in treatment and the Court has ordered a Conditional Discharge with continuing treatment and parenting classes.  Probation Departments and ATI Programs are encouraged to share cases that may be highlighted in future editions of e-focus.

~          The New York State Probation Officer’s Association 16th Annual Conference will be held August 11-13, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza in Albany, NY.  For additional details, please visit http://www.nyspoa.com/2010_conference.htm.

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10.        Quick Facts: Nearly 21% or 7,600 of 36,313 probationers were discharged through early termination, having successfully completed the terms and conditions of their probation supervision in 2009.

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