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eFocus , Issue Number 29, November 4, 2004

NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives

Sara Tullar Fasoldt, State Director

Robert Maccarone, Executive Deputy Director

Visit the DPCA website at http://www.dpca.state.ny.us

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IN THIS ISSUE………….

  1. Symposium for Probation Directors and Deputy Directors to be held in Saratoga 
  2. Rochester is site of 2nd DWI Symposium
  3. Juvenile Justice Institute on School-Based Probation draws teams from across NYS
  4. Survey on school-based probation (SBP) merits helpful planning information
  5. Governor announces tenth straight year of crime reduction
  6. Many counties report using the YASI in lieu of the UCR
  7. APPA 2005 Annual Training Institute in NYC – Presenter Deadline November 12 th
  8. Officer Safety and Survival Instructor Training (OSST) – Deadline is 11/17th
  9. Two NYS organizations awarded substance abuse grants
  10. Officer Safety and Survival Instructor Training (OSST) to receive Excellence in Practice Award
  11. Acts of Valor - modeled after nation’s highest award for valor
  12. Call for Presenters – MASCA/PA Association on Probation, Parole and Corrections Annual Training Institute

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1. Statewide Symposium for Probation Directors and Deputy Directors - The Statewide Symposium for Probation Commissioners/Directors and their Deputies will be held on Monday, November 15 th, through Tuesday, November 16 th, at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs.  The agenda is a timely examination of Probation’s impact on crime. Directors will highlight examples of the outstanding work that is being done by probation and collaborating agencies. In planning the agenda, DPCA worked closely with the Council of Probation Administrators (COPA) leadership to identify topics most useful to probation departments across New York State. Outstanding academic partners and others in the forefront of problem solving and innovation were also identified for the Symposium including Dr. Faye Taxman, Professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University. If you have any questions, please contact Bernard Wilson at DPCA at (518) 485-5137 or Bernard.wilson@dpca.state.ny.us

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2. Rochester is site of 2 nd DWI Symposium - DPCA and the NYS STOP-DWI Coordinators Association are pleased to announce that another DWI Symposium on Probation Management of the Repeat DWI Offender will be held in Rochester on Monday, November 8, 2004.  NYS DMV Commissioner Raymond Martinez will again participate in welcoming the participants and emphasizing this event as an important contribution to highway safety. County Probation professionals and STOP-DWI Coordinators are invited to attend this one-day, no cost, symposium from 8:30AM to 4:00PM to be held at City Place, 50 West Main Street, 3rd Floor, Auditorium “A” in Rochester. Topics addressed will include: Probation and Traffic Safety; DWI Legislation; DMV Re-licensing Policies and Regulations; and the DWI offender’s experience with Drug Courts. For registration information please contact Monroe County Probation Supervisor Sue Rose at (585) 428-2716.

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3. Juvenile Justice Institute (JJI) on School-Based Probation draws teams from across NYS - DPCA hosted the Juvenile Justice Institute on School-Based Probation in Albany from October 20 through 22, 2004 to provide a forum for the development of evidence based programs in the area of school-based probation. NYS Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Children and Families Alana Sweeny and NYS Office of Children and Family Services Executive Deputy Commissioner Roger Biagi joined DPCA State Director Sara Fasoldt in launching this important conference. In addition to representatives from DPCA, the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), the NYS Council on Children and Families (CCF), the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and State Education, eighteen teams, totaling more than 80 participants, made up of probation and key partners from some of their highest referring school districts attended. Participants were encouraged to come to the JJI whether their school-probation team has a long history of partnership, or had been recently formed to tackle the challenges of probation-involved youth from high referring school districts. The entire Institute was professionally recorded. DVD copies and a summary document of the Institute will soon be provided to all county probation department directors in order to reach an even greater audience.

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4. Survey on school-based probation (SBP) merits interesting and helpful planning information - In preparation for the Juvenile Justice Institute, DPCA recently distributed a State-wide survey on school-based probation (SBP) within New York State. As of October 19, 2004 there was a response from forty-nine (49) of fifty-eight (58) counties, for a response rate of eighty-four percent (84%). Fourteen (14) responders indicate that they currently have SBP in at least one school, for a rate of twenty-nine percent (29%) of responding counties. In terms of longevity, Schenectady County reports SBP being operational for five (5) years, Albany County for six (6) years, and Monroe County for nine (9) years. Dutchess and St. Lawrence counties each report that they have had SBP for ten (10) years. According to survey results, counties have SBP teams comprised from among the following disciplines: school psychologists and principals, attendance officers, local departments of social services (DSS), parent representatives, mental health services, substance abuse services, and/or local law enforcement. Eleven counties report that their SBP teams involve the school principal, while eight include the school psychologist. Four counties each report that DSS, mental health, law enforcement, and substance abuse programs are involved in SBP. A copy of the complete survey results will be provided to all probation directors and is also available on the eJustice Probation Services Suite.

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5. Governor Announces 10 th straight year of crime reduction - Governor George E. Pataki recently released New York State crime statistics that show New York continues to outpace the nation in reducing crime. The FBI Crime Statistics for 2003 show New York with a 3.1 percent overall decline in the seven major offenses measured by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting System, as compared with the 0.5 percent decline nationally. Since 1994, crime has declined by 47 percent in New York State, a greater decline than any other state in the country. "These statistics prove, once again, that our tough but smart criminal justice policies make New York a safer place to live, work and visit," Governor Pataki said. "By enacting laws that are keeping violent predators off our streets and providing strong support for our law enforcement professionals, we have not only outpaced every other state in crime reduction over the last 10 years, but have made New York the safest large state in the nation….Although New York has shown impressive results, we are in a position where we can and must do more. We can make the communities throughout New York even safer by enacting additional criminal justice reforms, such as strengthening Megan's Law and expanding upon law enforcement initiatives like Operation IMPACT. I know that if we continue to aggressively and proactively attack crime we can become the safest state in the nation," the Governor added. Visit http://www/pressoffice/pressreleases/crime_reduction.htm to read more.

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6. YASI counties report using YASI in lieu of the Uniform Case Record ( UCR) - DPCA recently surveyed all 48 YASI counties to determine which were using the YASI in lieu of the UCR.  To date, 32 of the 48 YASI counties responded. Of the 32 responding counties, eleven (11) counties (Dutchess, Onondaga, Broome, Warren, Chemung, Albany (for Juvenile Release under Supervision cases only), Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Orleans, Ulster and Yates) responded that they were in fact using the YASI in place of the UCR. Several other counties indicated that the option was under consideration in their county. For those jurisdictions where the YASI is being used in lieu of UCR’s for certain preventive services, this provides an opportunity to use a streamlined, comprehensive tool consistently across disciplines. In addition to avoiding duplication of effort, having a consistent protocol across disciplines improves our ability to develop a common language, communicate about children and families, and to measure results over time.

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7. APPA 2005 Annual Training Institute call for presenters – November 12 th Deadline - The American Probation and Parole Association has issued a call for presenters for the 2005 Annual Training Institute to be held in New York City on July 24-27, 2005. Institute participants include probation and parole community supervision and corrections personnel, the judiciary, treatment providers, criminal justice researchers and others who are interested in the field of community justice. Persons interested in submitting a workshop proposal for consideration should complete the workshop proposal form. This information is required in order to comply with APPA training accreditation requirements and to apply for permission to grant continuing education units to a variety of professions (i.e., social workers, substance abuse counselors, continuing legal education, etc). Workshop proposals should be submitted by November 12, 2004. For more information contact Joe Marchese, NYS Division of Parole at (518) 486-5476 or jmarchase@parole.state.ny.us.

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8. Probation Officer Safety and Survival Instructor Training (OSST) – Deadline is November 17 th - The Probation Officer Safety and Survival Instructor Training (OSST) will take place during the week of November 29 through December 3, 2004, in Schenectady, NY. This Train-The-Trainer program lasts five days and includes instructor training and mentored instruction by the instructor candidates.  Expenses for lodging, meals and travel (state per diem rates) for instructor candidates will be paid by DPCA. The three day OSST curriculum in which the instructor candidates will be trained is divided into two days applicable for all probation officers and a third day applicable for armed officers.  Only instructor candidates who are armed officers will be certified to provide instruction for the third day. All instructor candidates must complete the five day Train-The-Trainer program whether armed or not. Applicants will be selected on a combination of experience on the job, training experience, geographical location, and class size limitation. Applicants must have a minimum of five years of field experience and demonstrated training skills which include the ability to discern and follow lesson plans as contained in the curriculum.  It is important to note that the focus of this training is officer safety, not defensive tactics or martial arts skills. Potential instructors will not be evaluated by their experience in these areas.  If you wish to recommend staff to become instructors for this program, please contact Stephen Powers, DPCA Director of Training at (518) 485-2402 or Stephen.powers@dpca.state.ny.us on or before November 17, 2004.

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9. Two NYS organizations awarded substance abuse grants - Federal Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson announced $23.3 million in grants to support substance abuse treatment and related services for juveniles and young adults returning from incarceration. The grants are designed to provide substance abuse treatment to both juveniles and young offenders up to age 24 as they enter into the community from prison. Two organizations located in New York State were awarded a portion of these grant monies to promote successful reentry into the community. The Vera Institute of Justice, Inc., in New York City will receive $494,928 per year for each of four years for a total of $1.98 million to support the first family-focused substance abuse program in New York. The Adolescent Portable Therapy program will use an intensive, family and home-based reentry intervention. The program involves juveniles involved in the Family Court. The Center for Community Alternatives, Inc., in Syracuse will receive $500,000 per year for each of four years for a total of $2 million. The Self-Development Program will provide a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program, reentry preparation, post-release reentry services and wrap-around supports to young adult offenders 16 to 24 years old.

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10. Probation Officer Safety and Survival Instructor Training (OSST) to receive Excellence in Practice Award - The Officer Safety and Survival Training ( OSST) Collaboration Team will be presented with a 2004 Excellence in Practice Award from the NYS Training Council. Members of the team include Joseph J. Marchese from NYS Parole, Stephen J. Powers from DPCA, Karen J. Birch from Putnam County Probation and President of the Probation Officers Association and Kathi J. Pallotta, former Montgomery County Probation Director and current DPCA employee.The Awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held on Wednesday, November 3, 2004, at the Governor’s Mansion in Albany. Congratulations to all! For a listing of other recipients and registration to the awards ceremony visit: http://www.nystc.org/committee/recognition/eipceremony.htm

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11. News of Acts of Valor Sought - In the last issues of eFocus, DPCA announced plans to include a new feature on the DPCA website entitled “Acts of Valor: Community Corrections at its Best.” DPCA will recognize and honor those professionals working in the fields of Probation and Alternatives to Incarceration programs who have performed an act(s) of valor, whether it is saving a life, risking one’s own life to protect another, or preventing a crime. In anticipation of any questions about the criteria by which these acts will be judged, DPCA will model the recognition after the national Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor awarded by the President. The actual Medal of Valor is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer. According to the federal legislation creating the award, an act of valor is defined as performing above and beyond the call of duty; and exhibiting exceptional courage, extraordinary decisiveness and presence of mind and having an unusual swiftness of action, regardless of his or her personal safety, in an attempt to save or protect human life. Please join us in honoring individuals in New York State by sending information to State Director Sara Tullar Fasoldt, at DPCA, 80 Wolf Road, Albany, New York 12205 or Yvonne.Behan@dpca.state.ny.us. For more information about the President’s national award for valor visit http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/medalofvalor/welcome.html.

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12. Call for Presenters – Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association and the PA Association on Probation, Parole and Corrections’ Annual Training Institute to be held in June 2005 – The Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association and the PA Association on Probation, Parole and Corrections will be co-hosting their annual Training Institute from June 5 to June 9, 2005 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA – the sweetest place on earth. Conference theme – “One Vision, One Mission, One Team”. Contact Harris Gubernick, Program Co-Chair, at hgubernick@co.bucks.pa.us or 215-340-8484.

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