Resource Links

Civil Management

NYS Department of Correctional Services (DOCS) http://www.docs.state.ny.us/ is responsible for the confinement and habilitation of inmates at 69 state correctional facilities plus the Willard Drug Treatment Campus.  The Sex Offender Counseling & Treatment Program (SOCTP) is a comprehensive program of counseling and treatment for sex offenders.  Inmates convicted of a designated crime under SOMTA will be placed according to their program need and risk level after a comprehensive assessment.  The SOCTP is also appropriate for other inmates whose histories, including behavior while incarcerated, indicate that they are likely to benefit from sex offender counseling and treatment.

NYS Division of Parole (DOP)’s http://parole.state.ny.us/ mission is to promote public safety by preparing inmates for release and supervising parolees to the successful completion of their sentence. Parole works with OSOM, DOCS, OMH, and OMRDD to further the goals of Article 10 to enhance public safety.

NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) Bureau of Forensic Services and Criminal Procedures http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/forensic/BFS.htm is the Administrative Unit within the Division of State Psychiatric Center Management responsible for coordinating the delivery of mental health services to individuals involved with New York State's criminal justice system. The system of care includes three JCAHO accredited maximum security forensic psychiatric centers, one maximum security regional forensic unit, a network of mental health outpatient satellite units located within the DOCS facilities and an array of community-based training and technical assistance services which enable local governmental units to better serve forensic mental health populations.

NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities (OMRDD) http://www.opwdd.ny.gov  provides direct case consultation and assistance to both criminal justice and human services staff regarding people with developmental disabilities involved with the criminal justice system. OMRDD also provides specialized residential and treatment programs for some people committed to OMRDD custody.

NYS Office of the Attorney General, Sex Offender Management Unit (SOMU) http://www.ag.ny.gov/bureaus/sexual_offender/about.html represents the State of New York in all Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (SOMTA) - Article 10 of the Mental Hygiene Law - civil management litigation. SOMU works with OSOM, DOCS, OMH, DOP and OMRDD to further the goals of Article 10 to enhance public safety.

Sex Offender Management and Treatment Act (SOMTA) http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor/article10law.pdf provides for management of sex offenders through care, treatment, and control in a secure treatment facility in the custody of the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) for the most dangerous offenders; or through a regimen of strict and intensive supervision and treatment (SIST), for those offenders who can safely be managed in the community, under close supervision by the New York State Division of Parole. As part of SOMTA, Article 10 was added to the New York Mental Hygiene Law (MHL) which establishes the procedural provisions for the civil management of sex offenders.

Juvenile Sex Offenders

National Adolescent Perpetration Network (NAPN) www.kempe.org/napn is a cooperative network of professionals working with sexually abusive youth and those at risk of becoming the next generation of sexual offenders. It has been hosting annual national conferences since 1984.

National Center on Sexual Behavior of Youth (NCSBY) http://www.ncsby.org/ is a national training and technical assistance center in the management of children with sexual behavioral problems and adolescent sex offenders. It was developed through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Oklahoma.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Abstracts Database http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/AbstractDB/AbstractDBSearch.aspx contains summaries of more than 200,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources housed in the NCJRS Library collection.

National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Juvenile Sex Offender Research Bibliography http://www.nicic.org/Library/015459 is a comprehensive listing of scholarly research and literature relating to juvenile sex offenders compiled by OJJDP. The entries are grouped according to topics.

New England Adolescence Research Institute (NEARI) http://www.neari.com/index.html provides programming and resources for highly at risk youth and the professionals who work with them including a brain-based education resource center, training and consultation center and publishing company.

NYS Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth (DJJOY) http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/rehab/ is responsible for residential and community treatment of court-placed youth in facilities ranging from secure centers to community residences along with day placement programs and aftercare services. DJJOY is also responsible for oversight of detention centers and intake functions for youth placed in voluntary agencies. DJJOY services can only be accessed through the courts.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) - Juvenile Sex Offender Literature http://ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/juvsexoff/sexbibtopic.html  is a bibliography of literature on juvenile male and female sex offenders, and general child growth and development. This bibliography also includes literature on adult female sex offenders.

Offenders with Disabilities

National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA) http://www.ncianet.orgis a private non-profit agency providing training, technical assistance, research and direct services to criminal justice, social services, and mental health organizations and clients nationally.  The organization also provides health counseling to adult and juvenile sex offenders and their families and to victims of sexual abuse.

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities - (OPWDD) Map and Resource Directory http://www.opwdd.ny.gov/ws/servlets/WsNavigationServlet  shows the main office of providers that are part of a public/private partnership. The agencies listed are authorized by OPWDD, however they are private providers, and a listing is not to be interpreted as an endorsement of the agency or the services it renders.

Prevention

Faith Trust Institute www.faithtrustinstitute.org  is an international, multi-faith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence providing communities and advocates with the tools and knowledge needed to address the religious and cultural issues related to abuse.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® (NCMEC) http://www.ncmec.org is mandated by the U.S. Congress and works with the OJJDP of the U.S. Department of Justice to find missing children, eliminate child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. In 1996 the Exploited Child Division was established within NCMEC and serves as a resource center for the public, parents, law enforcement, and others about the issues surrounding the sexual exploitation of children.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) www.nsvrc.org serves as the nation’s principle information and resource center regarding all aspects of sexual violence. It provides national leadership, consultation and technical assistance on sexual violence intervention and prevention strategies.

NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault http://www.nycagainstrape.org/ has a mission to build the capacity of communities, organizations, and institutions to advance the rights to live free from sexual violence and reduce the harm it causes individuals, families, and society.

NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA)’s http://www.nyscasa.org/  has a mission that includes promoting change in public policy, increasing prevention programming, advocating for the needs of sexual assault survivors, developing a networking alliance among all organizations concerned about sexual assault and providing information and resources to the public.

NYS Division of Criminal Justice Service (DCJS)’s Operation SAFE CHILD – www.operationsafechild.org was created in July 2005 to raise awareness about child safety. The partnership with the New York State Police, New York City Police Department, New York State Sheriffs' Association, New York State Association of Chiefs of Police and the Division of Criminal Justice Services’ Missing and Exploited Children Clearinghouse has expanded Operation SAFE CHILD into a multi-pronged campaign which provides parents and guardians with the necessary tools to assist with keeping their children safe in today's world. 

NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV)
http://www.opdv.ny.gov/ is an executive level state agency, created in 1992. OPDV advises the Governor and legislature and trains professionals about the intersection of domestic violence in their daily practice. The agency also serves as a resource to all providers and citizens in the state by maintaining an information-based website, disseminating regular public awareness campaigns, and publishing materials for use by non profits and victims. 

Prevent Child Abuse New York (PCANY) http://preventchildabuseny.org/ is the only statewide, non profit organization in New York dedicated to preventing child abuse and neglect in all its forms. The 24 Hour Prevention and Parent Hotline can be reached at
1-800-342-7472. 

Stop It Now! www.stopitnow.org  offers adults the tools they need to prevent sexual abuse before a child is harmed. They provide support, information and resources that enable individuals and families to keep children safe and create healthier communities in collaboration with a network of community-based programs.

Sex Offender Registration

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry www.nsopw.gov is administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Office of SMART. This web site is a search tool allowing a user to submit a single national query to obtain information about sex offenders through a number of search options. It is the only government system in existence that links to public, state, territory and tribal sex-offender registries from one national search site.

FBI National/State Sex Offender Registry http://www.fbi.gov/hq/cid/cac/registry.htm coordinated by the Department of Justice provides access to registry websites maintained by all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for information on registered sex offenders.

Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/smart/guidelines.htm was created by the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 and administers the standards for the Sex Offender Registration and Notification (SORNA)Program, administers grant programs directed by the Attorney General, provides technical assistance to states, the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, tribal governments and other public and private entities involved in activities related to sex offender registration, notification and measures to protect the public from sexual abuse.

Supervision

NYS Division of Parole (DOP)’s http://parole.state.ny.us/ mission is to promote public safety by preparing inmates for release and supervising parolees to the successful completion of their sentence. Parole works with OSOM, DOCS, OMH, and OMRDD to further the goals of Article 10 to enhance public safety.

Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA) http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/opca/ is committed to improving practices that promote public safety, ensure offender accountability, provide restitution to victims and reduce recidivism. The programs funded through OPCA enhance New York's criminal justice and juvenile justice policies and offer specialized services that are supported by research to contribute to successful and longstanding outcomes.

NYS Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) Division of Juvenile Justice and Opportunities for Youth (DJJOY) http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/rehab/ is responsible for residential and community treatment of court-placed youth in facilities ranging from secure centers to community residences along with day placement programs and aftercare services. DJJOY is also responsible for oversight of detention centers and intake functions for youth placed in voluntary agencies. DJJOY services can only be accessed through the courts.

NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA) Sex Offense Courts http://courts.state.ny.us/courts/problem_solving/so/home.shtml seeks to enhance public safety by preventing further victimization. Hallmarks of these courts include early intervention, post-disposing monitoring, consistency and accountability.

U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System http://www.uscourts.gov/fedprob/supervise.html carries out probation and pretrial services functions in the U.S. district courts to protect the community and bring about long-term positive change in individuals under supervision.

Treatment

Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) http://www.atsa.com is a professional membership association for clinicians working with and treating sexual abusers with local state chapters around the nation. Their focus is on the prevention of sexual abuse through effective treatment and management of sex offenders.

California Coalition on Sexual Offending (CCOSO)http://www.ccoso.org/library.php is a membership organization that provides expertise, training, education, and legislative guidance in treatment, management and research related to sexual offending. Its goal is to stop sexual abuse by supporting, educating and training professionals and the community.

Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM)’s http://www.csom.org/ goal is to enhance public safety by preventing further victimization through improving the management of adult and juvenile sex offenders in the community. The Center for Sex Offender Management is sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, in collaboration with the National Institute of Corrections, State Justice Institute, and the American Probation and Parole Association. CSOM is administered through a cooperative agreement between OJP and the Center for Effective Public Policy.

International Association for the Treatment of Sexual Offenders (IATSO)
http://www.iatso.org/ is an international non-profit organization committed to the promotion of research and treatment for sexual offenders. It promotes international, regional and local conferences on the Treatment of Sexual Offenders and created the IATSO Standards of Care for the Treatment of Adult Sexual Offenders.

NYS Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (NYSATSA) and the NYS Alliance of Sex Offender Service Providers (NYSASOSP) http://www.nysatsa.com/ is the state chapter of ATSA. Its mission includes reducing sexual victimization, promoting the increase, uniformity and quality of assessment and treatment services for juvenile and adult sexual offenders, promoting offender accountability, legislation and community safety.

Safer Society Foundation Inc. (SSFI) http://www.safersociety.org/ is a non profit agency providing national research, advocacy and referrals for treatment providers. The Safer Society Foundation supports two major programs: Safer Society Press and the Nationwide Sex Offender Treatment Referral Service. 

Victim Services

Considering the Victim in the Implementation of Megan's Laws http://www.mincava.umn.edu/documents/commissioned/meganslaw/meganslaw.html 2001 paper examines notification through the lens of victim safety and privacy rather than through the lens of criminal justice issues.

NYS Child Advocacy Resource and Consultation Center (NYSCARCC) http://www.nyscarcc.org/ is a program of Safe Horizon through a grant from the NYS OCFS. The Center works with Multidisciplinary Teams and Child Advocacy Centers throughout New York State to promote and enhance multidisciplinary responses to child sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, and child fatality. List and locations of Child Advocacy Centers in NYS can be found on this site.

NYS Office of Victim Services (OVS) (formerly Crime Victims Board) http://www.ovs.ny.gov provides information on eligibility for victim compensation, a description of benefits, how to receive a claim application and find local victim assistance programs.

NYS Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906 (English), Linea Contra la Violencia Domestica: 1-800-942-6908 (Spanish), TTY for hearing impaired: 1-800-818-0656 (English), and TTY para audio impedidos: 1-800-780-7660 (Spanish).

NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) http://www.otda.ny.gov is responsible for supervising programs that provide assistance and support to eligible families and individuals.

Rape Crisis Programs in NYS- See New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) http://www.nyscasa.org/?q=responding/crisiscenters listed under “Prevention” above.

U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) online Directory of Crime Victim Services http://ovc.ncjrs.gov/findvictimservices/  is a resource designed to help service providers and individuals locate non-emergency crime victim service agencies in the United States and abroad.

Victim Information and Notification Everyday http://www.docs.state.ny.us/VictimSvc/vine.html (VINE) is a system where victims may receive information relating to the status and release dates of persons incarcerated in state prison or local jails. For information on the program and on how to register call from a touch tone phone: 1-888-VINE-4NY (1-888-846-3469).

VINE Link https://www.vinelink.com/vinelink/siteInfoAction.do?siteId=33004 is the online version of VINE. Victims and other concerned citizens can register to be notified by phone and/or email when an offender's custody status changes. Users can also register through their participating state toll-free number.

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