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eFocus, Issue Number 15, September 25, 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. Probation departments make progress in reconciling Probation Client Data System (CDS)
All probation departments have been working collaboratively with DCJS and DPCA staff to insure that the statewide probation client data system is correct and that it accurately represents the 125,000 adult probationers being supervised by county probation departments. The primary task has been closing the cases that are represented as beyond their maximum expiration date. During the month of August, the Suffolk County Probation Department closed 9,500 adult criminal cases on the CDS. DPCA has scheduled a work session on the CDS for Monday, October 6, 2003 at 80 Wolf Road, Fourth Floor Training Room for all county probation CDS staff. Probation directors will be notified by the State Director of this meeting.
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2. Prostitution and Trafficking Workgroup - Special Notice from State Director
Charlotte Watson, the Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, has formed a taskforce on the issue of prostitution and sexual exploitation of youth and adults to make public policy recommendations. The State Director of DPCA is honored to participate and represent issues that emerge from Probation and alternatives programs. If you as a member of our eFocus community have a particular interest in or knowledge of these or related issues, please email the State Director at sara.fasoldt@dpca.state.ny.us with the details of your program, research, or particular knowledge base so we can include your perspective in our inquiry of this area of victimization.
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3. COMPAS training continues; master trainers selected
DPCA held Phase III of COMPAS (Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions) training on July 28th and 29th. Seventeen departments participated bringing the total number of departments using COMPAS to twenty-nine. A train-the-trainer session was held on July 30th and plans are underway for Phase IV training to be held on December 2nd and 3rd. Four carefully selected Master Trainers participated on July 30th: Jeff Anderson (Rensselaer), Scott Glueckert (Delaware), Nila McIntyre (Cattaraugus) and Melanie Mullens (Ulster), in addition to Cindy Trimble and Jami Krueger of DPCA. The Master Trainer's plans for 2004 include on-site and regional training in addition to newly developed modules focusing on implementation and integration with case management plans. If your Department is interested in attending COMPAS training in December please contact Jami Krueger at DPCA at (518) 485-5158 or jami.krueger@dpca.state.ny.us.
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4. Probation Records Management System RFP released
The Request for Proposals (RFP) for a probation records management information system to meet the needs of large counties was released on September 8, 2003 and is returnable November 7, 2003. At that time, a preliminary review of responses will be conducted and vendors meeting the minimum qualifications will be expected to present a demonstration of their existing system. Vendor bids will then be evaluated based upon both the written responses and demonstrations. Selection of the vendor is expected by mid-December, 2003.
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5. Fundamentals of Probation Practice Class is filled
The next Fundamentals of Probation Practice class will be held in Albany, September 29th through October 3rd. The second part of that class will continue on October 20th and run through the 24th. Both sessions will be held at DPCA, 80 Wolf Road in Training Room 404. A total of 43 officers from throughout the state are scheduled to attend. The next Fundamentals will be held in March, 2004. For more information contact Steve Powers at DPCA at (518) 485-2402 or steve.powers@dpca.state.ny.us
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6. NYS license plate promotes safe homes for all
The State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) has recently announced the availability of a "Peace at Home" custom license plate. This license plate can be purchased online by visiting DMV at: http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/org.htm. The $25 annual fee for the plate goes into the Prevention of Domestic Violence Fund to be used specifically for outreach and awareness about domestic violence.
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7. National study finds adolescents' "connectedness" means less risky behaviors
The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health's analysis of school connectedness is based on written surveys completed in 1994-95 by 71,515 students in 127 schools. The data shows a strong association between school connectedness and a variety of risk factors. Researchers from the University of Minnesota found that students who feel connected to school are less likely to use substances, engage in violent behavior, experience emotional distress, or become pregnant. In the study, school connectedness was defined as students' positive answers to questions regarding whether they feel close to people at school, part of school, safe at school, and that teachers treat students fairly. For more information contact William Barnette, Program Manager with the Bureau of Prevention and Intervention at the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services at williambarnette@oasas.ny.gov or (518) 485-2132.

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8. State's Department of Health announces local health data site
The Community Health Data Set (CHDS)
http://www.health.ny.gov/nysdoh/chac/chds00.htm, on the New York State Department of Health website, has county-level data for indicators in 19 health focus areas including Demographic & Socioeconomic Characteristics; Physical Activity and Fitness; Nutrition; Tobacco Use; Substance Abuse; Alcohol and Other Drugs; Family Planning; Violent & Abusive Behavior; Unintentional Injuries; Oral Health; Maternal and Infant Health; Child & Adolescent Health; Heart Disease & Stroke; Cancer; Chronic Conditions; HIV Infection; Sexually Transmitted Disease; Immunization; & Infectious Diseases. For more information contact the public health information group, at phiginfo@health.state.ny.usor or (518) 474-2543.
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9. Welcomes, Rewards and Remembrances
Congratulations to the Westchester County Probation Department's Probation Against Domestic Violence Program (PAV) for receiving the American Probation and Parole Association's (APPA) President's Award in August 2003 at the annual APPA conference. The PAV is a coalition of 11 partner agencies in Westchester County who contribute to the on-going safety of victims/survivors while preventing additional incidents through the effective supervision of offenders.
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