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eFocus, Issue Number 46, June 13, 2006
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert M. Maccarone, State Director
Thomas H. Slater, Executive Deputy Director
Yvonne J. Behan, Editor

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~~Save the Date! The Statewide Symposium for Probation Directors and Deputy Directors will be held at the Comfort Suites Hotel in Clifton Park beginning at Noon on Wednesday, October 25th and ending on Friday, October 27th, 2006. Also, the training for new probation directors, the Executive Leadership Program will be conducted at the same location beginning at Noon on Tuesday, October 24th and ending at Noon on Wednesday, October 25th. Attendance at the Symposium is required as part of the Annual Program Plan through which training funds were budgeted by counties. Additional information will be provided in future correspondence.

IN THIS ISSUE. . .

  1. Probation Directors attend training at Tolerance Center; program planned for ATI this summer
  2. Wayne County hosts Employment Matters training in May 2006; nearly 50 attend
  3. Probation Officers across NYS receive field intelligence training
  4. Probation Supervisors attend Orientation in new Fundamentals curriculum
  5. Probation Sex Offender Management Survey (deadline extended)
  6. Putnam Probation lauded by federal immigration
  7. PINS Intake Rule Revision Workshop meetings continue
  8. PROBER Trainings held at Geneseo and Fulton-Montgomery Community Colleges
  9. Probation and Treatment Court Program in Warren County a good match
  10. Resources, Information and Upcoming Trainings

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1. Probation Directors attend training at Tolerance Center in NYC; similar program planned for Alternative to Incarceration Program Directors this summer - The Simon Wiesenthal Center for Tolerance provides training and information to law enforcement and criminal justice professionals through an initiative entitled, Tools for Tolerance for Law Enforcement Professionals. The Center’s programs examine the process of building trust and respect, and challenges participants to enhance their critical thinking skills in the areas of diversity, human dignity, ethics and values. Nearly twenty-five probation directors and DPCA representatives attended a one-day program specifically for law enforcement entitled, “Building Community Trust in a Diverse Post 9/11 Environment” on Monday, May 15, 2006. DPCA will provide a dedicated session for Alternative to Incarceration Program Directors on August 10th. For information on the Tolerance Center, please visit http://www.toolsfortolerance.com. For additional information about attending the program for ATI Agency Program Directors please contact Yvonne Behan, DPCA Community Corrections Representative II at Yvonne.behan@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-5157.

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2. Wayne County hosts Employment Matters training in May 2006; nearly 50 attend – On May 31st, 27 probation officers from Chemung, Wayne, Monroe and Seneca Counties and 22 representatives from other partnering agencies attended Employment Matters training in Lyons, NY (Wayne County). Wayne County Probation Director Rick Stevens said that Employment Matters training provided valuable information for all participants. Wayne County PO Todd Rowley who attended the Pathways to Employment in 2004, also attended and said “The training and training crew were as good as before. I took away some new information. I have used some of this information along with what we have already in place at Wayne County Probation to help when working with my Intensive Supervision Program (ISP) caseload.” A special thank you to Wayne County Probation Director Rick Stevens from the training team for graciously providing bagels, donuts and coffee. Leaving Lyons, the Employment Matters training team traveled to NYC to conduct the training on June 2nd, the first of five scheduled trainings to be held in NYC. Twenty-two probation officers and six partners attended. The next Employment Matters trainings for NYC are scheduled as follows: June 20th in Brooklyn; July 12th in the Bronx; July 13th in Queens and Staten Island on July 20th. For additional information on these and other Employment Matters or Pathways to Employment training please contact DPCA Community Corrections Representative II Cynthia Blair at (518) 457-0501 or Cynthia.blair@dpca.state.ny.us.

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3. Probation Officers across NYS receive Field Intelligence Training designed exclusively for PO’s; additional dates announced – The NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and DPCA are currently providing a unique training for designated probation officers in field intelligence. Probation Field Intelligence Officer (PFIO) training provides instruction on debriefing probationers and developing, collecting, analyzing and sharing criminal intelligence. PFIO’s will eventually join a secure network of field intelligence officers from police departments, parole and other law enforcement agencies. These specialized one-day trainings are provided to probation department designated PFIO’s. The first three of six sessions were held in Montgomery County (May 16th), Syracuse (May 17th) and Suffolk County (May 31st). Sessions have been scheduled for NYC (June 16th), Lockport (July 18th) and Poughkeepsie (July 20th). Seating for these sessions is limited - registration is required. A copy of the PFIO Training Announcement was sent to all county probation departments. Please contact DCJS Senior Training Technician Bill Holt at Willard.Holt@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-9935 for additional registration information.

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4. Probation Supervisors attend Orientation in new Fundamentals (FPP) Curriculum - DPCA kicked-off the Probation Supervisor’s Orientation program entitled Understanding and Supporting Evidenced-Based Fundamentals of Probation Practice on May 24-25 in Batavia, NY. Twenty-seven probation supervisors from the western part of the state attended this 2-day program that provided an intensive overview of the new evidence-based FPP training and examined the critical role of the supervisor in supporting this new curriculum. Additionally, DPCA has scheduled trainings in Albany (June 28th and 29th); Syracuse (July 11th and 12th); Suffolk County (September 11th and 12th) and Goshen (September 13th and 14th ). Participants in Batavia found the program and information extremely informative and beneficial. Supervisors reported ways in which they would better facilitate the transfer of learning from the classroom to practice. Please contact Yvonne Behan, DPCA Community Corrections Representative II at Yvonne.Behan@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-5157 should you wish to attend.

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5. Probation Sex Offender Management Survey - Sex Offender Management has increasingly become a priority in all levels of government. In an effort to more specifically assess what practices are being implemented and ensure that the best strategies are shared among county probation departments, DPCA has developed a Probation Sex Offender Management Survey. This detailed survey will help DPCA develop a comprehensive understanding of Probation’s role in Sex Offender Management. The results will not only report what probation departments are currently doing, but also provide direction for future developments in this area. Included in the survey are several questions concerning victimization, specifically as it concerns youths under 18 years of age. The State has recently commissioned the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to conduct a study entitled “Safe Harbour” to examine the problem of sexual exploitation of youth under 18 years of age. Since DPCA was contemplating the Sex Offender Survey, several questions concerning this important subject were included. The deadline for the completion and return of the survey to DPCA has been extended to Friday, June 23, 2006. Any questions regarding the content of the survey can be directed to Gary Govel, DPCA Community Corrections Representative II, at (518) 457-4336 or gary.govel@dpca.state.ny.us. Technical questions concerning the completion of the survey may be directed to Jami Krueger, DPCA Community Corrections Representative II, at (518) 457-5275 or Jami.Krueger@dpca.state.ny.us.

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6. Putnam County Probation Department lauded by federal immigration authorities – The Putnam County Probation Department, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and federal immigration officials announced the arrests of four men, described as child predators and sex offenders in a May 24, 2006 raid. The raid was part of the national program Operation Predator which has resulted in more than 7,000 arrests nationwide since 2003, including at least 100 in the Lower Hudson Valley as reported by the Journal News on May 25, 2006. All four men are facing deportation. James Mooney of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) praised the cooperation ICE officials received in Putnam County, specifically Sheriff Donald Smith and Putnam Probation Director Gene Funicelli. Director Funicelli said he “was gratified that ICE included his department in the operation. They (Operation Predator) seem to understand that we can contribute a lot to this kind of operation.”

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7. PINS Intake Rule Revision Workshop meetings continue – The second PINS meeting was held on May 17, 2006 at the Public Safety Training Facility in Rochester and was attended by 22 individuals from twelve county probation departments. The meeting was characterized as very worthwhile by participants. DPCA is in the process of preparing a summary of the county reports made at that meeting, which will be distributed to all counties. Attendees were asked to report on their department’s experience in implementing the 2005 PINS Law, including: 1) the strengths of the law; 2) identified challenges, barriers, and issues; 3) innovations and solutions; and 4) county’s next steps in strengthening services for the PINS population. Attendees shared information about other programs that they are using including program materials, parent/school referral forms, intake materials, guidance to parents/schools, brochures, etc.

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8. ProberWeb SuperUser and System Administrator Trainings held at SUNY Geneseo and Fulton-Montgomery Community College – Trainings for ProberWeb SuperUsers and System Administrators were held simultaneously at SUNY Geneseo and Fulton-Montgomery Community College on May 30th and 31st and June 1st and 2nd, 2006. Although developed primarily for departments that plan to be deploying ProberWeb this summer, current users of the Prober MS Access-based version were also invited and in attendance. The SuperUser training included specifics on the functions to be performed by the SuperUser such as how the application works (data entry, workflow, reports, task and calendar events). Those attending the System Administrator’s training received an overview of creating and maintaining the local configuration settings, creating customized MS Word templates and administering access permissions as well as other topics. The trainings, by vendor (AutoMon) personnel, were made available by a Local Law Enforcement Block Grant awarded DPCA by DCJS. For additional information, contact Walter Cogswell, Community Corrections Representative III, at (518) 485-5168 or Walter.cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us.

The ProberWeb automated case management system follows probation functionality from Family Court Intake and Criminal Court Pre-Trial through Investigation, Supervision and Restitution caseloads. Local probation departments using the software are provided a comprehensive automated information system that also enables them to meet their statistical reporting requirements to the local legislatures, courts, the state, etc.

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9. Probation and Treatment Court Program in Warren County a good match in bringing about success and compliance - Laurie was a 36 year-old mother of an 8 year-old boy. Laurie was also addicted to crack cocaine and became involved in the sale of the drug to support her own habit. She was convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th, a D Felony, and at-risk of losing her son. Early in her sentence to Probation in Warren County and her involvement in the Treatment Court Program, she tested positive for alcohol. But soon afterward, she settled into the Program and was determined to succeed. Laurie progressed very well through the Program and under probation supervision, obtained treatment for her addiction as well as found treatment addressing her mental health issues. She even became actively involved in volunteering to work with people struggling with dual diagnosis and became a leader and positive role model for other participants in the Treatment Court Program. Laurie has since graduated from the Drug Treatment Program and today, continues successfully on probation. She is in compliance with all of her conditions, actively attends self help groups, continues her volunteer work and has maintained full custody of her son. Supervision and appropriate treatment -- proven again to be a good match!

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10. Resources, Awards, Information and Upcoming Trainings:

~~ Several new Probation Directors have been appointed: Thomas Marcoline in Oneida County; Denise Minton in Schoharie County; Karen Birch in Madison County and Edward Brown in Jefferson County. DPCA congratulates these new directors who each bring a wealth of background, experience and dedication to the profession of probation. DPCA is currently planning an Executive Leadership training program for new directors which will be held on October 24th and 25th, 2006. Additional information will be announced in a later issue of eFocus.

~~ Regional Jail Diversion Workshops to be held across NYS – The New York State Office of Mental Health Division of Forensic Services, along with the Mental Health Association of New York State and the National GAINS Center, is hosting a series of three regional Jail Diversion Workshops in New York State: June 6th at the Rochester Psychiatric Center; September 19th at the Capital District Psychiatric Center; and November 14th at the Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center. These workshops are free and open to the mental health and criminal justice professionals throughout the state who are interested in obtaining more information about how to plan, design and implement jail diversion programs for eligible individuals who are mentally ill. Each session will hold approximately 125 people. For information contact Mary Singley at the NYS OMH Division of Forensic Services at (518) 474-7219.

~~ Crisis Intervention Officer Training Courses – This training is sponsored by DCJS and is being offered at no cost to probation officers. Probation officers attending this program will learn specialized skills that will enable them to interact with individuals who are mentally ill or emotionally disturbed in ways that are safe, appropriate and effective. Trainings will be held on the following dates: June 19 – 23, 2006, Batavia, NY, July 24-28, 2006, Pomona, NY, July 10-14, 2005, Utica, NY and September 25-29, 2006 in the Capital District. For registration information, please contact DCJS Senior Training Technician Molly Shultes at molly.shultes@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5304.

~~ Now available: 2006 Edition of Confidentiality and Communication Book - Most health care providers must comply with both the federal confidentiality regulations specific to alcohol and drug programs (42 C.F.R. Part 2) and HIPAA privacy requirements. The Legal Action Center has announced the availability of the 2006 edition of their highly acclaimed Confidentiality and Communication: A Guide to the Federal Alcohol & Drug Confidentiality Law and HIPAA and their first-ever Online Courses. For more information visit the Legal Action Center website at http://www.lac.org/about.html.

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