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 14, August 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. DNA collection by Suffolk County Probation results in offender arrest
The Suffolk County Police Department has made a significant arrest in a DNA Databank match against an offender whose DNA sample was submitted on May 2, 2003 by the Suffolk County Department of Probation. Although substantial strides have been made in reducing the sample collection backlog, collection activity dropped off during the summer months. Our goal is to eliminate the sample backlog during the month of September. DPCA wants to emphasize the importance of probation department policies that insure the identification of DNA sample cases and sample collection at the earliest possible time. Department policies must ensure that discharges from probation supervision have been checked to see that DNA samples have been collected where appropriate. DPCA recognizes the fine work done by probation departments in DNA sample collection. For additional information on the DNA Databank contact Cecile Hill at DCJS at chill@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 457-8417.
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2. DPCA to convene meeting of Shared Population Programs in October
The seven programs funded under the Services for a Shared Population: Defendants and Offenders with Mental Illness will be meeting in Albany on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at the offices of the NYS Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors, Inc. Members of the State Shared Services Work Group, a multi-agency group with criminal justice, substance abuse, mental heath and social services expertise will attend. Please contact Michael Kendall, DPCA Community Corrections Representative at 518-457-0497 or mkendall@dpca.state.ny.us for more information.
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3. Probation Officer of the Year hails from Seneca County
DPCA State Director Sara Tullar Fasoldt presented the Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives' 2003 Probation Officer of the Year award to Brian Thomas, a Seneca County Senior Probation Officer. This award is presented annually as part of the New York State Probation Officer's Association (POA) Training and Conference, held this year at the Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) in Troy, New York from July 30-August 1, 2003. Probation Officer Thomas was nominated for the award by Seneca County Probation Director Terry Lee, who praised Mr. Thomas' dedication and leadership. Director Lee highlighted Officer Thomas' professional initiatives in working with troubled youth and families, in close harmony with schools, mental health agencies, and parents. Since his appointment to Senior Probation Officer, Mr. Thomas has taken an active role in coordinating Persons In Need of Supervision (PINS) and Juvenile Delinquency services to youth and families, and collaborating with school authorities. Congratulations Officer Thomas!
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4. Youth Assessment Screening Instrument (YASI) training to continue this fall
Last April, DPCA conducted Initial YASI training in Orange and Chemung Counties. Individuals who attended this initial training are required to attend follow-up training this fall. This includes Phase 3 counties, as well as newly assigned juvenile officers from Phase 1 and 2 sites who previously attended initial training Oct 2002 - January 2003. The dates for the fall Follow-up Training in Orange and Chemung Counties are as follows:

September 23 and 24, 2003 - Orange County
September 25 and 26, 2003 - Chemung County

Please contact Yvonne Behan, DPCA Criminal Justice Representative at (518) 457-5275 or ybehan@dpca.state.ny.us by Friday, August 29, 2003 for information.
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5. DPCA's Probation Officer Safety Training and new Fundamentals Instructors announced
Probation Officer Safety and Survival Training will be hosted by the Putnam County Probation Department September 3-5, 2003. A second Train the Trainer program for the Safety training will be held in Batavia, New York at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement center September 8-10, 2003. For more information, please contact Steve Powers at DPCA at powers@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-2402.

DPCA welcomes new instructors to the Albany Fundamentals program beginning in late September. Jeff Walraven, Probation Officer in Dutchess Co. --Strength Based Approaches and Basic Interviewing Skills; Joseph Mancini, Deputy Director and Julia Febo, probation officer in Schenectady Co. will be instructing in the Family Court Act and Intake, as will Rensselaer County Probation Officers Christine Rockwell and Carolyn West. Also from Rensselaer County, we welcome PO Janice Bell and Grace Smythe, CASAC from the Hudson Mohawk Recovery Center who will instruct in Alcohol and Other Drugs. John Adams, Supervisor with the Warren County Probation Dept. will instruct in Pre-Sentence Investigations.
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6. Management Skills for Supervisors
Would you like to experience DPCA's highly-regarded "Management Skills for Supervisors," this fall? DPCA is looking for a department to host the two-day seminar. Experienced supervisors from local probation departments facilitate the program. The Management Skills Program includes modules on enhancing communication and employee performance, problem solving and different management styles. Contact Pat Butler, DPCA Community Corrections Representative at 518-485-5139, pbutler@dpca.state.ny.us, if your department would like to host this training or for additional information.
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7. Prober Regional User Meetings to held in September
Prober-Plus users meetings will be held in September. Counties considering Prober-Plus may also attend. The Prober-Plus vendor (QC Microsystems) will be present at the following meetings: Tuesday 9/16-Albany, Wednesday 9/17-Ithaca, and Thursday 9/18-Batavia. The schedule for each day includes a demo for non-users (or new staff) from 9:30 am -11:30 am. User meetings will be conducted 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm each day. Please submit agenda ideas to Terry Carpenter, QC MicroSystems, Inc. at terryc@qcmicro.com or 608-259-1930 by September 5th. For more information contact Barbara Gordon of DCJS at Gordon@dcjs.ny.gov.
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8. Probation Agencies on NYS Dept. of Health AIDS Institute mailing list
Probation Staff Development Officers are now on the mailing list and e-mail distribution list of the AIDS Institute. Basic courses in HIV and AIDS are offered at Regional Training Centers and are free of charge. A detailed description of the courses is included in the Statewide Calendar located at www.health.ny.gov/nysdoh/aids/index.htm.
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9. DPCA and NYS Department of Health collaborate: registration fee waived for Brain Injury Conference in October
"I am the Central Park Jogger: a Story of Hope and Possibility" author Ms. Trisha Meili will deliver the keynote address at NYS Health Department's 10th Annual Brain Injury Conference This year's conference, entitled "Working Together: The Best Practice" will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2003 at the Empire State Plaza in Albany, New York. The registration fee for probation and ATI staff is being waived. This conference is intended to add impetus to consumer directed community based initiatives and provide the most affordable accessible opportunities possible for learning, training, networking and sharing. For more information contact Laura Roe at (518) 474-6580 or lar04@health.state.ny.us
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10. NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault hosts free workshops across the state
Do you know what sexual assault services and resources are available in your community? Free workshops are scheduled across NYS featuring local and regional experts who will address legal issues, Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) concerns and questions and provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of sexual assault. Pre-registration is required. Please contact (518) 482-4222 or visit www.nyscasa.org for more information.
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11. Welcomes, Rewards and Remembrances
Bernard Martin Marosek, Probation Supervisor with the Onondaga Probation Department died suddenly on July 23rd of a stroke. Supervisor Marosek was the recipient of DPCA's Probation Victim Services Professional of the Year Award in 2000. He began working for the Onondaga Probation Department in 1969 and was promoted to Supervisor in 1984. He had supervised the Domestic Violence/Sex Offender Unit since 1990 and was instrumental in developing the implementation of Megan's Law in Onondaga County, the coordination of the Sex Offender Registry and DNA collection. Officer Marosek also served as liaison to the Onondaga Nation of the Iroquois Confederation and was a past President of the NYS Probation Officers Association. We extend our condolences to Probation Supervisor Bernard Marosek's family and co-workers.
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eFocus is the property of the NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives. Articles may be reprinted with attribution to the Division. For more information on any of the topics mentioned above, to report any difficulties you may have experienced receiving this email, or, if you have information you would like posted in the next issue of DPCA's eFocus, please contact Yvonne Behan at (518) 457-5275 or at ybehan@dpca.state.ny.us.

Editor's Note: The eFocus is now distributed to well over 3000 community corrections professionals across New York State. You may receive more than one copy if your name and email address appear on different criminal justice and community corrections mailing lists. If so, please e-mail Yvonne Behan
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