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eFocus, Issue Number 85, April 1, 2010
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. Offender Workforce Development Specialists Instructor Training
2. NYCOMPAS Enhancement Promotes Data-Sharing
3. Defender Based Advocacy Program Standards Established
4. Sex Offender Management Training in Rural Communities
5. Annual Reports for ATI Program Models Published
6. DPCA Receives CSOM Technical Assistance Grant
7. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News
8. Quick Facts

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1. Offender Workforce Development Specialists Instructor Training Completed – Offender Workforce Development Specialist Instructor Training was recently delivered by John Rakis of the National Institute of Corrections. This three-day, 20-hour training, along with the Global Career Development Facilitator certification, qualifies participants to instruct the 180 hour OWDS training. Completing this training were: (front row) Mike Pasquale (Center for Community Alternatives); Collin Quigley (Cattaraugus County Probation); Nancy Chu (Erie County Probation); Ray Barnes (Center for Community Alternatives); (second row standing) Nigel Franklin (Fifth Avenue Committee); Dale Wilkinson (Cattaraugus One-Stop); Virginia Nepa (Women’s Prison Association & Home, Inc.) ; Ann Faulkner(Cattaraugus County Probation); Rachel Heasley (The Salvation Army of the Syracuse Area); Art Cooney (Cattaraugus County Probation); Mark Pisano (Ulster County Probation); Fran Ricci (Schenectady County Probation)and Elizabeth Bobela (Dutchess County Probation). Some of these Instructors will join us for the upcoming OWDS training to be held April 12th-16th , May 24th-28th and July 12th-15th.at 80 Wolf Road, Albany, NY. For additional information, please contact Cynthia Blair at Cynthia.Blair@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-5162.

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2. NYCOMPAS Enhancement Promotes Data-Sharing – The NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services recently implemented agency sharing in the COMPAS Application across all Probation Departments and the Division of Parole NYCOMPAS Probation and COMPAS Re-Entry. Each agency has been granted the following permissions on data that is “owned” by another agency:

- The ability to view offender and assessment data from another agency without having to request transfer of ownership;
- The ability to create new offender and assessment data for an offender that is currently under the custody / ownership of another agency;
- The ability to copy an assessment created by another agency and modify the copy; and
- The ability to modify existing offender and assessment data that resides under the custody / ownership of the other agency but was created by your agency;

This is a major change that will, in part, do away with the awkward and time-consuming need to contact the “owning” agency and request that the offender be “transferred” before a new assessment can be done or prior assessment information accessed. At the same time, it prevents an agency from altering the information entered or created by another agency. This functionality was implemented with the advice of probation professionals and through the close collaboration of our partners – DCJS and Northpointe, Inc. For additional information, please contact Walter Cogswell at Walter.Cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-5168.

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3. Defender Based Advocacy Program Standards EstablishedDPCA in collaboration with DBA Professionals has promulgated the first statewide standards for Defender Based Advocacy Programs in New York State. DPCA established a statewide workgroup of DBA Professionals in 2009 to develop statewide standards for this important area of criminal justice practice. Program professionals from New York City, Schenectady, Nassau, Monroe, Onondaga, and Wyoming counties committed their knowledge and time to this important endeavor resulting in the State’s first standards in this area. The DBA Standards complete the development of professional standards for New York State’s Community Correction Programs including Pre-Trial Services, Community Services and Treatment Alternatives for a Safer Community (TASC) Programs which are available in the Probation Services Suite of e-Justice, NY and at www.dpca.state.ny.us . New York State is a national leader in community corrections and for having established statewide professional standards for community correction practitioners. For additional information, please contact Yvonne Behan at Yvonne.Behan@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-5153.

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4. Sex Offender Management Training in Rural Communities – DPCA recently completed five regional training sessions on “Supervision of Sex Offenders in the Community” – a Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) Training Program. This interactive training was presented by Jean Van Ingen, a Probation Supervisor and Cindy Marriott, Senior Officer, Sex Offender Team, both with the Monroe County Probation Department. A total of 81 probation officers representing 27 departments participated in this training. Training focused on the challenges involved in supervising sex offenders in the rural community, the incidence and prevalence of sexual offending and its impact on victims, typologies of sex offenders and the etiology of sex offending behavior, as well as guidance for probation, policy makers, treatment providers, polygraph examiners and others who work with supervision agencies to ensure the safe and effective supervision of sex offenders in the community. For more information contact Laura Zeliger at (518) 457-5275 or Laura.Zeliger@dpca.state.ny.us.

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5. Annual Reports for ATI Program Models Published – Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programs continue to provide critical services to New York State's criminal justice system by providing cost effective programs that reduce unnecessary reliance on incarceration, reduce recidivism and promote public safety and assist individuals change their behaviors and lead law-abiding lives. Full reports for 2009 are available at www.dpca.state.ny.us. Highlights of the 2009 reports include:

- Community Service Programs achieved 87.5% successful completions.
- Pretrial Services Programs reported 32,659 releases with an FTA Rate of 3%.
- Specialized Drug/Alcohol Service Programs reported 72.5% successful completions.
- Defender Based Advocacy Programs reported 2,608 client plans prepared and 2,341 accepted by the Courts.
- Treatment Alternatives to Safe Communities (TASC) Model Programs reported 5,428 placements and 4,500 successful completions.

For additional information, please contact Yvonne Behan at Yvonne.Behan@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 485-5153.

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6. DPCA Receives CSOM Technical Assistance – DPCA was awarded a federal grant for technical assistance from Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM) to develop and implement best practices and practical guidance for probation professionals in the supervision of juveniles who sexually offend. The technical assistance grant will enable DPCA to convene a stakeholders meeting led by Tom Talbot, Senior Manager with CSOM and the Center for Effective Public Policy on Friday, April 30, 2010 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, at the DPCA Offices, located at 80 Wolf Road, 4th Floor Training Room, Albany, NY. Please contact Laura Zeliger, Community Corrections Representative II at (518) 457-5275 or Laura.Zeliger@dpca.state.ny.us Registration is required.

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7. Additional Training, Awards, Events and News

~ NEW DATES! DPCA is pleased to announce its 2010 Executive Leadership Program – a required training designed exclusively for new Probation Directors. New Directors will learn important information concerning the development of annual state aid plans, the sex offender registry, critical incident reporting, new rules and regulations, ATI and performance-based contracting, legal issues, ISP and PED Programs, juvenile justice, interstate transfers, technology, probation officer training and leadership. The ELP is scheduled for June 2nd and 3rd in Albany. For additional information, please contact Kathi Pallotta at Kathi.Pallotta@dpca.state.ny.us or (518) 487-5157.

~ NYATSA/NYSASOSP Conference to be held May 3-5, 2010 – The New York State Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers & New York State Alliance of Sex Offender Service Providers’ 15th Annual Conference is scheduled to be held May 3-5, 2010 at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, New York. This conference is a valuable training opportunity for professionals involved in the supervision, treatment, and management of sex offenders. Of particular interest to our probation professionals are the full day pre-conference seminars to be held on May 3rd, 'Assessing and Treating Sexual Offenders" presented by Anna Salter, PhD; "Sex Offenders in a Digital World: Assessment, Management, and Personal Protection" presented by James Tanner, PhD; and, "Comprehensive Risk Assessments for Adolescents Who Have Offended Sexually: With a Focus on ERASOR (Estimate of Risk of Adolescent Sexual Offense Recidivism)" presented by James R. Worling, PhD, C.Psych. For a full agenda of the conference workshop sessions, as well as costs and other registration information, please visit: http://www.nysatsa.com/conference/2010_Brochure.pdf

~ REMINDER: New Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Release of Information Form. Effective October 7, 2009 a new form entitled “Consent to Release of Information Concerning Chemical Dependence Treatment for Criminal Justice Clients” (TRS-49) is to be used for all Criminal Justice referrals to OASAS-licensed treatment providers /facilities. The new form was developed by OASAS in collaboration with DPCA, the Division of Parole, OCA, and DCJS. The form was distributed to all Probation Directors and ATI Program Managers via State Director’s Memorandum #2009-5 and is available on the Probation Services Suite under the “State Director Memoranda” tab. Given the confidential nature of the NYSID, there has been some hesitancy on the part of probation departments to provide that information on the Consent form. Approval has been given to include that information on the Consent form as it is critical data for offender tracking and treatment accountability purposes. Treatment providers may refuse to accept a referral if the NYSID is not provided on the Consent form or will not otherwise be provided (if actually available). Should you have any questions about the new form, contact Walter Cogswell at walter.cogswell@dpca.state.ny.us or at (518) 485-5168.

~ The New York State Sheriffs' Association is holding the Fourth Annual New York Statewide Conference on VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) on Friday, April 23, 2010 at the Holiday Inn Wolf Road in Albany, NY. Program fee is $45 and includes breakfast and working lunch. Registration deadline is April 17th. To register, please visit http://www.sheriffsinstitute.org/ For additional information, please contact Irene Colwill aticolwill@nysheriffs.org or (518) 434-9091.

~ "Representing Juvenile Status Offenders" was recently published by the American Bar Association's (ABA's) Center on Children and the Law. This document features useful information for attorneys representing status offenders (also known as "children, persons, or families in need of services or assistance"). Chapters, written by relevant experts, address such topics as: using federal law to support advocacy; understanding and using social science research to work with status offenders; accessing intervention services; applying pre- and post-adjudication strategies; using special education advocacy in status offense cases; and, crossing over to other family court proceedings. "Representing Juvenile Status Offenders" is available in hardcopy free of charge for a limited time. To request a copy, please e-mail Jessica Kendall at kendallj@staff.abanet.org or Lisa Pilnik at pilnikl@staff.abanet.org.

~ Ensuring the immediate safety and well-being of children following the arrest of a parent is the purpose of a resource developed by the NYS Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children. The four-panel brochure entitled "Be Sure Your Child is Cared For and Safe" includes information on how to make temporary arrangements for a child’s care, as well as longer term plans. Community resources for caregivers are also provided. The brochure provides critical information for both incarcerated parents and the family members or friends who may need legal authority to meet the medical and educational needs of the child during the parent’s incarceration. Individuals and organizations may order copies of this brochure by contacting the Commission at 518-285-8780 or pjcjc@courts.state.ny.us. The flyer will also be available in PDF format on the Commission’s website at www.nycourts.gov/justiceforchildren by late spring 2010.

~ The NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) is on Facebook. Become a fan for updates, informational items and upcoming events. Visit www.facebook.com/NYSdomesticviolence.

~ Save the Date – The New York State Probation Officer’s Association 16th Annual Conference will be held August 11-13, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza in Albany, NY. For additional details, please visit http://www.nyspoa.com/2010_conference.htm.

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8. Quick Facts: It is no longer necessary for a department to request, of the “owning” probation department, transfer of an offender’s NYCOMPAS ownership in order to view the offenders COMPAS assessment history. All departments having access to the NYCOMPAS suite in the Integrated Justice Portal can now access the assessments of all offenders in the NYCOMPAS system.

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