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eFocus, Issue Number 38, July 27, 2005
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert Maccarone, Acting State Director
Yvonne J. Behan, Editor
Visit the DPCA website at http://www.dpca.state.ny.us

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In this Issue. . .

1. New Integrated Probation Registrant System (IPRS) effective July 19, 2005

2. Probation Efforts in DNA Sample Collection are Recognized and Appreciated

3. DPCA issues RFP for the Operation of Specialized Programs

4. Probation and ATI Programs offered Educational and Technical Assistance: CONNECT

5. Dual Diagnosis Seminar held in April

6. Recent News, Reports, Reminders and Reference

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1. New Integrated Probation Registrant System (IPRS) effective July 19, 2005 – The NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the NYS Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (DPCA) has announced the implementation of the new Integrated Probation Registrant System (IPRS). This system de-implements the Client Data System (CDS) currently accessed through NYSPIN. The Entry/modify Form for the IPRS system, along with a quick reference form which lists the selection options for some fields will essentially replace the DPCA-200. The forms, and a full set of instructions for using the new system, are available through eJusticeNY in the Probation Services Suite: click on the Reference Materials link, and then click IPRS Publications at the top of the screen or go directly to the DPCA Forms tab in the Suite for a list of these and other DPCA forms. The IPRS forms are also accessible from the DCJS website (criminaljustice.ny.gov): under “Standardized DCJS Forms.” More forms will be posted to these sites in the near future for other IPRS functions, including case transfers, violations, and closings. For additional information please contact the DCJS Customer Contact Center’s toll free number at 1-800-262.3257.

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2. Probation Efforts in DNA Sample Collection result in 142 “hits” – Thanks to the outstanding work of probation directors and their staffs in the collection of DNA samples, a total of 142 “hits” from DNA samples collected by probation personnel from probationers has recently been noted. Conviction offenses include one murder, nine rapes and numerous burglaries. Many of the probation “hits” are still pending as the prosecution of these cases advance. DPCA recognizes that DNA sample collection is an additional responsibility for probation officers so it is important that we share the outcomes of these cases. DNA is a powerful tool in law enforcement and in making New York State safer. Because probation has supervision responsibilities over such a large number of probationers, the intervention by probation and the timely collection of DNA sample evidence becomes all that more important.

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3. DPCA issues RFP for the operation of specialized programs to provide additional targeted services to NYC offenders at risk of reincarceration - DPCA has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the operation of one to two specialized programs to provide additional targeted services to temporarily homeless, primarily Spanish speaking and/or mentally ill NYC offenders that are at risk of reincarceration. The RFP entitled, Supervision and Treatment of Specialized Offender Populations/New York City (NYC) is available on the DPCA website located at www.dpca.state.ny.us. Contracts for a total of up to $350,000 per year for five years will be awarded. Deadline for RFP submissions is August 15, 2005, 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight time.

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4. Applications Sought for Programs Promoting Recovery for Persons with Serious Mental Illnesses and Co-occurring Substance Abuse Disorders on Probation or in ATI Programs - The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), Division of Forensic Services, in partnership with DPCA has developed a Notice of Application for Connect: Promoting recovery for persons with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring substance abuse disorders on probation or in ATI programs. Connect is an educational and technical assistance resource for probation departments and ATI programs in New York State. The OMH Division of Forensic Services is soliciting applications from localities interested in implementing CONNECT in their community. The design of CONNECT allows each locality to assess their own needs and to select and implement the components to complement or enhance existing resources. A complete description of the Connect Program and downloadable application is available at http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/news/.

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5. DUAL DIAGNOSIS: PRINCIPLES IN INTEGRATED TREATMENT – Seminar held in April and sponsored by the Schenectady County Office of Community Services – On the subject of integrated treatment of individuals with co-occurring psychiatric disorders and substance abuse disorders (ICOPSD), the seminar speaker and nationally recognized expert, Kenneth Minkoff, M.D., said “There are five core standards needed in a system design that ensure the maximization of services. The services are welcoming, accessible, integrated, continuous and comprehensive.” Dr. Minkoff also stressed the importance of prioritizing services for those in the system that are at the highest risk for death, homelessness, violence, etc. Additionally, attendees learned of other principles, such as both diagnoses should be considered primary (ex. alcoholism & depression), that treatment needs to be individualized according to the subtype of the dual disorder/diagnosis, level of functioning, phase of recovery, and that policies/procedures within a system need to be designed in a manner that allows the program personnel to be agents of change. Dr. Minkoff talked of the use of assessment tools in that “an efficient assessment tool is one that encourages the process, and gets the person to tell their story so that it can be organized into a plan for recovery”.

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6. Recent News, Reports, Reminders and Reference:

~~Kathi Pallotta, former Montgomery County Probation Director, has been named Acting Director of the DPCA Training Bureau upon Steve Powers’ retirement in July. When making the announcement, Acting State Director of DPCA Robert Maccarone said “As you know, Kathi has wonderful experience as a former probation director and as a professional who has always excelled in training initiatives. It is critically important that we have a planned transition of training responsibilities as DPCA implements the new Fundamentals Curriculum and seeks to address Supervisory and Firearms Training.” Congratulations Kathi!

~~DPCA’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for qualified instructors/consultants to teach various probation and correctional alternatives training courses is ongoing – DPCA has issued an RFP for qualified instructors/consultants to teach various probation and correctional alternatives training courses. A copy of the RFP can be found on the DPCA website at www.dpca.state.ny.us and also on the Probation Services Suite of eJusticeNY.

~~Reentry Handbook Published by The Center for Community Problem Solving - The Center for Community Problem Solving has recently published a handbook for people coming out of jails and prisons, and for their families and communities. Responding directly to urgent request by people facing the challenges of reentry in and around New York City, and shaped by comprehensive interviews of thousands of New Yorkers, The Center for Community Problem Solving Reentry Guide offers a one-of-a-kind resource that connects those facing problems with those who might help address them. Central to the Reentry Guide are detailed profiles of more than 100 area service providers – including easy-to-follow program descriptions, eligibility requirements, languages spoken, business hours, locations, cross-streets, and directions. For information visit http://www.communityproblemsolving.org/publications/index.html

“The Center for Community Problem Solving has helped us all take a huge step toward being more effective and more accountable in our reentry work.” Sister Mary Nerney, Executive Director,

STEPS to End Family Violence

~~The National Prevention Network (NPN) will hold its 18th Annual Prevention Research Conference in NYC from August 28-31, 2005. Scheduled presentations include: Prevention Theory and Advance Prevention Science, Research to Practice, and Emerging Prevention Issues to name a few. Leaders from the federal agencies supporting prevention programs such as SAMHSA and OJJDP are expected to attend. Visit http://swpc.ou.edu/npn/ for registration and additional information.

~~Research Addresses Job-Related Stress among Probation and Parole Officers - Job-related stress is common among probation and parole officers. Like their counterparts in law enforcement and corrections, stress affects job performance and relationships with supervisors, support staff, and family members. A recent report published by the National Institute of Justice, Research for Practice, explores the causes and effects of stress and identifies promising practices used in nine sites to reduce its effects. The report is available online at the National Institute of Justice Web site at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/pubs-sum/205620.htm.

~~NEW PrACTice Matters: Enhancing Service through Effective School/Community Collaboration - Evidence suggests successful collaboration between school and community groups has led to improved academic and social/emotional outcomes of youth. More and more, this connection is being acknowledged through funding mechanisms that require formal partnerships be developed, and programming be created based on the principles of youth development. The latest issue of PrACTice Matters outlines some of challenges to and strategies for collaboration and synergy between school and community groups to enhance positive youth outcomes. This publication (and many others) is available online at www.actforyouth.net.

~~The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) recently released a report on key issues confronting alcohol ignition interlock programs -- how to increase their acceptance and improve participation in, and compliance with, the program. The report is based on the presentations and deliberations from the fourth international symposium on alcohol ignition interlock programs held in Hilton Head, South Carolina, in October, 2003. A speaker in this program representing the Westchester County Probation Department was Terrence Gorman, Interlock Probation Officer in the DWI Unit. To read the report, visit the Traffic Injury Research Foundation website at http://www.trafficinjuryresearch.com/index.cfm.

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