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eFocus, Issue Number 65, April 4, 2008
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert M. Maccarone, State Director
Thomas H. Slater, Executive Deputy Director
William M. Schaefer, Jr., Editor

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In this Issue:

1. DPCA Collaborates with ATI Programs to Develop Fundamentals of Community Corrections Curriculum in 2008
2. DPCA Offers Training in the Interstate Transfer of Probationers
3. COMPAS Phase 3 Training Completed
4. Nominations for State Director’s Awards
5. Awards, Events and News
6. Quick Facts

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1. DPCA Working with ATI Programs to Develop the State’s First Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) Curriculum – Having New York State’s Fundamentals of Probation Practice Curriculum recently accredited by the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), DPCA is working with the Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Community to develop a fundamentals training for community correction professionals. Two statewide focus groups held in Albany and New York City during the past several months were well attended by representatives from each of the five ATI program models. A small and strategic workgroup has been formed and will begin meeting in late April. The challenge to the workgroup is to develop a training curriculum that incorporates evidence-based practices and empowers our community corrections practitioners with the skills required to assist offenders change their behaviors and lead productive and law-abiding lives. The FCC Curriculum will ensure that community correction practitioners receive skill-based training pertinent to practices common to all ATI and community correction programs including screening, assessment, motivational interviewing, case-planning, etc. For additional information, please contact Yvonne J. Behan at (518) 485-5160 or Yvonne.Behan@dpca.state.ny.us.

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2. DPCA Offers Training in the Interstate Transfer of Probationers – DPCA will be offering the next round of Interstate Transfer training in Orange County on April 15th, 2008. DPCA Counsel Linda Valenti and Interstate Case Coordinator Sandra Layton will present an overview of important legal and liability issues, as well as critical procedures of the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision (ICAOS). The training will be held at the Orange County Government Center on April 15th from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Probation Departments from surrounding areas are invited to participate. Please RSVP by contacting Dorothy Ray at DPCA at (518) 485-2393 or Dorothy.Ray@dpca.state.ny.us. If your department is interested in hosting ICAOS training, please contact Yvonne.Behan@dpca.state.ny.us.

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3. COMPAS Phase 3 Training Completed – The third phase of COMPAS training was completed during the last two weeks of March. Nearly 400 probation officers were trained in An Overview of COMPAS, Scoring, Developing Effective Case Management Plans and Case Planning Exercises. This practical training was designed to build proficiency among probation officers in the use of COMPAS and assist them to incorporate it into their work activities. Probation Departments throughout New York State are making remarkable progress in the implementation of the adult COMPAS instrument. To date, 57 counties and 1,460 probation officers have completed 24,500 assessments. A reclassification instrument is currently being validated for use and will be available to all probation departments in May of this year. For additional information, please contact Walter Cogswell at Walter.Cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-5168.

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4. Nominations for State Director’s Awards – DPCA is accepting nominations for the “State Director's Award for Outstanding Service by a Probation Officer” for a probation officer who has demonstrated exceptional work within their department, the community and at the state level. For the second year, DPCA will also be accepting nominations for the Probation/Social Services Collaborative Award – the team who has played significant roles in a cross systems partnership. Please help us recognize the work and contribution made by a probation officer and collaborative team by submitting nomination(s) by Wednesday, May 14, 2008. Awards will be presented at the NYS Probation Officers’ Association Annual Conference held August 13-15, 2008 in Albany. Additional details and nomination forms are available at http://www.dpca.state.ny.us.

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5. Awards, Events and News

~ DPCA is very pleased to announce that Marlena T. Alford has joined DPCA as the Director of Financial Administration. Ms. Alford joins DPCA with a wealth of experience in budget and financial administration. Most recently, Ms. Alford served as a Senior Budget Examiner in the Health & Mental Hygiene Unit with the State’s Division of the Budget.

~ Please join DPCA in wishing Norma Tyler a happy and healthy retirement! A former teacher, Norma has enjoyed an outstanding career of thirty-three years working in the New York State juvenile and criminal justice system, as a line probation officer, a trainer of probation officers for OASAS, and an addictions specialist for NYS Parole. Norma has worked for DPCA since 1988, most recently as the Manager of the Juvenile Justice Bureau. Norma's retirement luncheon is scheduled for April 17th at the Italian Community Center in Albany. Please contact Patti Donohue at either (518) 485-5158 or Patricia.Donohue@DPCA.state.ny.us if you would like to attend.

~ The 2008 New York State Probation Officers Association Conference will be held August 13-15, 2008 at the Albany Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany, NY. Conference details and registration information are available at: http://www.nyspoa.com.

~ This year’s Annual Probation Director’s Symposium will be held October 29-31, 2008 in the Albany area. As in past years, this exciting program is designed specifically for Probation Leaders and Executive Staff. Please save the date.

~ The New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault is sponsoring the New York State Victim Assistance Academy (NYSVAA) on June 15-20, 2008 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. The NYSVAA offers an opportunity to learn, study and network with providers from a variety of victim service professions and programs. This intense, week-long Academy provides a foundation in the principles and policies of victims’ rights work and a comprehensive set of case management skills, knowledge and resources. For additional information, please contact the project at (518) 482-4222, ext. 306 or e-mail: info@nysvaa.org. To obtain a registration form, please visit: http://www.nyscasa.org/svaa/

~ The Center for Court Innovation is a non-profit think tank that helps courts and criminal justice agencies aid victims, reduce crime and improve public trust in justice, through development and support of projects including mental health, domestic violence and drug treatment courts. The Center’s Domestic Violence Program is pleased to announce two training initiatives. Training on the following topics is being provided as a free resource to interested agencies, courts and communities statewide: Sexual Abuse in Intimate Relationships – will address intimate partner sexual violence, including screening and assessment, working with survivors and offenders, and best practices for the legal and social service systems. Children’s Exposure to Domestic Violence - will familiarize participants with the impact of domestic violence on children and provide concrete suggestions for how to best support children through individual and agency practice. Please contact Kathryn Ford, Senior Domestic Violence Associate, at (212) 373-1692 or kford@courts.state.ny.us for more information or to schedule a custom training workshop.

~ The New York State Association of Counties is pleased to partner once again with the Office of the State Comptroller and the New York State County Treasurers and Finance Officers Association to announce the 42nd Annual County Finance School to be held April 30 - May 2, 2008 at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel, Syracuse, NY. For additional information, please see http://nysac.org/Conferences/documents/FSchool08Flyer.pdf .

~ Symposium on State and Local Corrections “School Threat Assessments – An FBI Perspective” will be held Thursday, April 17, 2008 at the Elmira College, Gibson Theatre in Elmira, New York. This program will feature Mary Ellen O’Toole, Supervisory Special Agent, who is a member of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime Behavioral Analysis Unit of the Critical Incident Response Group located at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. This unit is designed to study violent crimes and the people who commit those crimes. SSA O’Toole is the primary researcher and author of The School Shooter a Threat Assessment Perspective and In Search of a Kidnapper – Through the Eyes of a Child. SSA O’Toole currently specializes in serial killers and psychopathy. For additional information, please contact Lisa Winters, Deputy Director III, Broome County Probation Department at (607) 778-2970 or LWinters@co.broome.ny.us.

~ The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) and the Northeast region is hosting the “Thinking for a Change” certification training program in Philadelphia on April 21-24. This is a 32 hour program that prepares participants to facilitate offender groups. Thinking for a Change (T4C) is an integrated, cognitive behavior change program designed for offenders and delivered in small group settings. It includes cognitive restructuring, and the development of social and problem solving skills over 22 basic lessons with the capacity for unlimited continuing lessons to meet the particular needs of each group of participants. For further information please contact Louise Layton at (302) 857-5291 or Louise.Layton@state.de.us

~ “Protecting Our Kids: Tools to Combat Crimes Against Children” will be held May 1, 2008 at the Genesee River Restaurant & Conference Center in Mt. Morris, NY and is Sponsored by the United States Attorney’s Office – WDNY, the United States Marshal – WDNY, and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. The conference will explore the new sex offender registration requirements (Adam Walsh Act); computer forensics; asset/forfeiture in child exploitation cases; federal child exploitation laws; resources available to investigators and advocates; and mandated reporting. Federal and state prosecutors, law enforcement officers, probation officers and victim advocates are encouraged to attend. This conference is free of charge but registration is required. To register, please send the following information: Name & Title of Individuals, Agency, Agency Address, Agency Phone Number to Sharon.Knope2@usdoj.gov or contact Sharon at (716) 843-5828.

~ The 2008 Annual International Community Corrections Public Policy Forum will be held April 21-23, 2008 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Washington, D.C. The International Community Corrections Association is renowned for its annual Research Conferences featuring “What Works” in community corrections. Keynote speeches will present state of the art research findings and highlight evidence-based best practices in the field. This conference will feature an array of workshops focusing on implementing best practices in a wide variety of topic areas. For additional information, please visit the ICCA website at: http://www.iccaweb.org/index.php?section=6

~ The NYS Division of Parole has released a Request for Proposals for 2007-2009 Secure Stabilization Programs and/or Secure Stabilization Housing for male individuals under supervision and/or civil management by the Division of Parole. The RFP and all associated materials and forms are available on the NYSDOP website at: http://www.parole.state.ny.us. Any questions pertaining to this proposal should be addressed in writing to Mr. Jeffery Nesich, Director of Parole Administration, and emailed to contracts@parole.state.ny.us by May 19, 2008. Answers to all questions will be posted on the NYSDOP website no later than May 23, 2008.

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6. Quick Facts:

DNA samples collected by probation officers in New York State since the year 2000 have been linked to 42 homicides.

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