Welcome to eFocus, an electronic newsletter produced by the NYS Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (DPCA). 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 16, October 8, 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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All email addresses at the Division have changed to include the following: firstname.lastname@dpca.state.ny.us. We have had growing pains as we changed email systems, so if you sent any DPCA staff email which wasn't answered, please send your message again.
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1. New Probation Suite of information presented as part of eJusticeNY
In mid-October, the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) will implement a new Probation Services Suite as part of e-Justice, New York. The Probation Services Suite will eventually contain the newly designed Client Data System (CDS) which is expected to become operational in May of 2004. Initially, the Suite will contain information of interest to probation and community correction practitioners including publications of the eFocus newsletter as well as documents related to the status of the Prober-Plus software. It will also contain DPCA forms that can be accessed and printed by authorized probation personnel. For more information or to suggest content, please contact
walter.cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us.
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2. Governor Pataki extends duration of Orders of Protection in family violence cases
Governor Pataki signed new legislation in September 2003 that extends the maximum duration of certain Orders of Protection from one year to two years, and with aggravating circumstances, from three years to five years. Additional details are available in the Governor's Press release located at:
http://www.ny.gov/governor/press/year03/sept24_03.htm
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3. Supervisors Training in Utica and host county packet for Safety Training delivered
Management Skills for Supervisors will be offered at the Oneida County Probation Department in Utica, NY on October 22 and 23rd, 2003 from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Probation Supervisors Bill Bishop from Westchester County and Anne Krutell from Monroe County will facilitate. Training topics include motivation, employee performance, coaching and counseling. Please contact Tom Marcoline, Utica County Probation at tmarcoline@co.oneida.ny.us or 315-798-5914 to reserve your seat.

How to host your own Safety Training. All probation directors recently received an information packet regarding hosting an Officer Safety and Survival Training program. The packet outlines steps to be taken for a successful program, including the appointment of a contact person to work with DPCA and the OSST Training Committee. For more information contact Steve Powers at stephen.powers@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-2402.
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4. The V-DISC provides invaluable service in Suffolk County
The Suffolk County Probation Department, in collaboration with Columbia University and DPCA, began administering the V-DISC (Voice Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children) in February 2003 to juvenile delinquent youth at the appearance ticket stage. Suffolk County Probation officials have reported that the youth appear to be comfortable using this interactive interview method and, as related literature suggests, are even more willing to disclose problems than when they are talking to a clinician. The V-DISC identifies up to 20 DSM IV disorders as well as those youths at risk of suicide. DPCA is currently working with Allegany and Dutchess Counties in testing the V-DISC. For more information contact Norma Tyler, DPCA Community Corrections Rep. at norma.tyler@state.ny.us or (518) 485-5160.
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5. Probation, employment and success!
In September, DPCA held Pathways to Employment trainings in Onondaga and Westchester Counties. The Westchester training also included representatives from both Rockland and Ulster Counties. The next regional training will be in Broome County on October 9th, Essex County on October 16th and in St. Lawrence County on October 28th. We invite surrounding counties to send representatives - especially ISP officers - to these sessions. The Schenectady County Probation Department has agreed to serve as a pilot site where probation officers will be trained to lead groups on seeking and retaining employment. Please contact Cynthia Blair, DPCA Community Corrections Rep. at 518-457-0501 or cynthia.blair@dpca.state.ny.us for more information.
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6. Statewide community corrections associations to hold teleconference
The NY Association for Alternative Sentencing Programs (NYAASP) and the NY Association of Pretrial Service Agencies (NYAPSA) will hold a teleconference on November 3, 2003. The teleconference is open to all criminal justice practitioners and will address confidentiality issues and those populations that are most affected by such information gathering. This day-long conference with video-presentation and workshops will be received and held at five different locations across the state including Albany, Canandaigua, Utica, Brooklyn and Garden City. Seating is limited and the cost is nominal. Contact Peter Kiers, NYC Criminal Justice Agency at pkiers@nycja.org or Kendra Turcotte at Parsons Child and Family Center at (518) 431-1600 for registration information.
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7. Counties invited to apply for PINS assistance - application deadline 10/31/03
Counties are invited to apply for peer-to-peer PINS assistance from the Vera Institute of Justice's national Youth Justice Program (YJP). Over the past two years the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), in consultation with DPCA, funded YJP to deliver a program of peer-to-peer assistance to help New York State counties prepare for and implement strategies to handle the anticipated influx of older youth entering the PINS system under the new law. Given the success of the program over the last two years, OCFS is seeking to bring YJP into several additional counties in 2004 to provide peer-to-peer assistance focusing on the PINS system and analogous issues relating to the at-risk and delinquency population. Please contact Sara Mogulescu, Associate Director of YJP, at (212) 376-3157 or smogulescu@vera.org to obtain an application or if you have any questions. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS OCTOBER 31, 2003.
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8. The National Institute of Corrections (NIC), together with the National Association of Probation Executives (NAPE), is offering a new chief's orientation designed to assist new chief executives with both the immediate knowledge and the long-term skills needed in the areas of budgeting, personnel, planning, dealing with special interest groups, working with the media, and other organizational development issues. For more information contact George Keiser at NIC (202) 353-4213 or Dot Faust at (202) 514-3001.

Also, the Legal Action Center announced the completion of its newly re-created website. Visit the same address at www.lac.org to access 60+ downloadable publications and other useful information on alcohol and drug addiction, criminal justice and HIV/AIDS law and policy and more.
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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 yvonne.behan@dpca.state.ny.us.


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