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eFocus, Issue Number 80, August 28, 2009
NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert M. Maccarone, State Director
Thomas H. Slater, Executive Deputy Director
William M. Schaefer, Jr., Editor
http://dpca.state.ny.us

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In this Issue:

1. Probation Officer of the Year Awards
2. Integrated Probation Registrant System (I-PRS) Interface Advances
3. Caseload Explorer “Ad Hoc Reports” Training Centers Implemented
4. “Family Support Approach for Community Supervision” Training
5. “Offender Workforce Development Specialist” Program Graduates 20
6. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News
7. Quick Facts

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1. Probation Officer of the Year Awards – State Director Robert Maccarone recognized four professionals at the 15th Annual NYS Probation Officers Association Conference held August 12th-14th in Albany. Over 200 probation officers attended this year’s Probation Officer Awards Luncheon, held on Thursday, August 13th at the Crowne Plaza. Cattaraugus County Probation Officer Nila M. McIntyre received the State Director’s Probation Officer of the Year Award. Officer McIntyre was cited for her exceptional service, dedication, professionalism, and overall contributions to the field of community corrections. Steuben County Probation Supervisor Cheryl Crocker and Steuben County DSS Supervisors Joanne Woodard and Jason McLoud received praise and recognition and were honored with this year’s award for Outstanding Collaboration between Probation and Social Services. State Director Maccarone closed this year’s Awards Luncheon by praising these four professionals as, “exemplary role models – strong advocates and champions of community justice and safety. Through leadership, team work, and effective case management strategies, they embrace the spirit of cooperation and implement collaborative approaches to reduce recidivism, prevent victimization and protect our communities.” To view the original press release, please visit: http://www.dpca.state.ny.us/pdfs/poa2009awardpressrelease.pdf

Probation Officer of the Year Probation Officer of the Year

Pictured above left: Mark Pisano, Vice-President NYSPOA; Joe Rinaldi, President NYSPOA; Gerry Zimmerman, Cattaraugus County Probation Director; Nila McIntyre, Cattaraugus County Probation Officer; and Robert Maccarone, State Director DPCA. Pictured above right: Jason McLoud and Joanne Woodard, Steuben County DSS Supervisors; Frank Justice, Steuben County Probation Director; Cheryl Crocker, Steuben County Probation Supervisor; and Robert Maccarone, State Director DPCA.

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2. Integrated Probation Registrant System (I-PRS) Rolls Out – An interface has been developed which allows software-assisted case management systems to automatically update IPRS without user intervention. The systems interface, which was primarily developed for use by the Caseload Explorer (version 3.11) Case Management System, is now being utilized by several other counties. The integration eliminates the duplicate data entry associated with adding, modifying, and closing cases in I-PRS and increases the accuracy of information in the Caseload Explorer and I-PRS Systems. The I-PRS integration is now in production in New York City, St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Fulton, Westchester, Oswego and Warren County Probation Departments. As of August 21, 2009 five more counties have been connected to the network and will soon be implementing the systems integration.

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3. Caseload Explorer “Ad Hoc Reports” Training Centers Implemented – Albany, Jefferson, Tompkins and Warren County Probation Departments were selected earlier this year to serve as Model Training Sites for the Caseload Explorer “Ad Hoc Reports”. On August 20-21 in Albany, Nels Ellis of Automon, Inc. trained two representatives from each of the four Probation Departments that will serve as Model Training Sites for all other probation departments implementing the “Ad Hoc Reports” functionality. Dutchess County also participated in the training but will not be a training site. DPCA has invested in these four departments to ensure that the training capacity for advanced reporting continues for all probation departments implementing the Caseload Explorer Case Management System.

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4. “Family Support Approach for Community Supervision” Training – DPCA is offering a new evidence-based interactive training that will identify the primary tools and techniques needed when implementing the Family Support Approach for Community Supervision. Probation Officers and Alternative to Incarceration professionals will learn how to leverage support from families and social networks to help bring about positive behavioral change in individuals under supervision and reduce their risk of recidivism. This evidence-based training was developed by La Bodega de la Familia—a nationally recognized program and will be offered on October 1, 2009, 9:00am to 4:00pm at the NYS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives, 80 Wolf Road, 4th Floor Training Room, Albany, New York. Applications are available on the Probation Services Suite of e-Justice, New York and are due Wednesday, September 16, 2009. For additional information, please contact Kathi J. Pallotta at (518) 485-5157 or email Kathi.Pallotta@dpca.state.ny.us.

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5. “Offender Workforce Development Specialist” (OWDS) Program Graduates 20 – On August 6, 2009, DPCA, and its partners from the NYS Department of Labor (DOL), the Albany County and Schenectady County Probation Departments, conducted the second statewide OWDS Training and certified 20 probation officers and community correction professionals in the 180-hour evidence-based curriculum developed by the National Institute of Corrections. Combined with two teams that previously attended NIC’s national training, 61 professionals have completed the OWDS program with DPCA sponsorship. For more information contact Cynthia Blair at (518) 485-5162 or Cynthia.Blair@dpca.state.ny.us.

Offender Workforce Development Specialist

Above, one of the OWDS teams makes its presentation to the group. From left to right: Adam Stephenson, Probation Officer, Warren County; Shawn Wallace, Post Release Specialist, Trinity Institution, Albany; Michele Rosplock and Tina Austin, Case Managers, Project for Success/Chemung County Probation; and Ray Barnes, Case Manager, Center for Community Alternatives, Inc., Syracuse

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6. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News

~ Probation Violation Residential Centers (PVRC) Solicitation – DPCA has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the expansion of the Probation Violation Residential Centers model in New York State. Please visit the DPCA website at www.dpca.state.ny.us. The deadline for receipt of proposals is Monday, August 31, 2009.

~ The next ICOTS Training will be offered via LiveMeeting on September 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This session will detail Interstate Retakes and Formal Fugitive from Justice Extraditions. Carol Swan, Governor Paterson’s Extradition Specialist, has graciously accepted DPCA’s invitation to be a co-trainer for this session. For further information on this upcoming training, or for directions on downloading prior training information, please contact Sandy Layton at Sandra.Layton@dpca.state.ny.us.

~ NYS Office of Mental Health, Division of Forensic Services, has announced the availability of two full scholarships for each of the twenty counties that have participated in Project Connect to attend the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) 27th Annual Conference on September 16–18, 2009. One of the scholarships for each county is designated for a probation officer or ATI agency staff member who has not previously attended the conference and who is working with individuals who are mentally ill. Visit the NYAPRS website at www.nyaprs.org for conference details. Please contact Bernard Wilson at (518) 485-5137 or email Bernard.Wilson@dpca.state.ny.us for additional information about Project Connect.

~ Dianne Holland, Putnam County Probation Officer, received the New York State Probation Officers Association (NYSPOA) Award of Honor, and Jay DeWispelaere, Wayne County Probation Officer, received the NYSPOA Award of Achievement on August 13, 2009 during the NYSPOA Annual Conference in Albany.

~ The Women’s Prison Association (WPA) and the National Institute of Corrections have announced the availability of the National Directory of Programs for Women with Criminal Justice Involvement -- a free, online resource for information on programs and services nationally for women in the criminal justice system. This nationwide resource includes programs and services for women at all stages of criminal justice involvement, both in correctional facilities and in the community. For more information or to add content to the directory regarding programs and services, visit www.nicic.gov/wodp/.

~ Albany County Departments of Probation and Children Youth and Families have partnered with the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to provide a free two-day Community Trauma Interventions Training (Psychological First Aid Training) for police officers, probation officers and court personnel. Participants will learn to identify normal reactions to tragedy, support victims who may be distressed and when necessary, identify services or supports in the community. The goal of this training is to break the cycle of violence and decrease the numbers of youth engaging in delinquent and self destructive behaviors. The training will be held on November 12th-13th at 175 Green Street in Albany, New York from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Kevin McKay at (518) 487-5379. Registration deadline is November 6th.

~ The Multnomah Department of Community Justice (DCJ) and the Portland Police Bureau are working together to help the probation, post-prison and the juvenile justice system partner more effectively with the police. As part of the police officer training partnership called the Community Partnership Training Program, a training curriculum has been developed that allows newly hired and newly sworn officers to spend several days learning about both juvenile and adult community corrections. The trainings have included members of the Portland Police Bureau’s Training Division, the District Attorney’s Office, the staff of the juvenile and adult services division of DCJ, and community providers that together sanction, serve and support young people and adults in the probation, parole and juvenile services system. For more information about this innovative program, please visit:
http://www.co.multnomah.or.us/dcj/insidedcj073009posted.html

~ The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) has recently produced the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Planning: Guidelines for Community Corrections under a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Providing a wealth of information and links to an extensive array of resources, the Guidelines are intended to help agencies construct plans that ensure the continuation of mission-critical functions as well as the protection of employees’ and clients’ health and safety during a crisis, whether caused by a pandemic or another natural or man-made disaster. Published by the Bureau of Justice Assistance on August 25, 2009, the Guidelines may be viewed and/or downloaded as a PDF document from the APPA web site at:
http://www.appa-net.org/eweb/docs/appa/pubs/PIPRP.pdf

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7. Quick Facts: DPCA’s Interstate Unit manages the interstate transfer of 5,000 probationers each year.

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