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eFocus, Issue Number 90, October 26, 2010
NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services 
Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives
Robert M. Maccarone, Director
William M. Schaefer, Jr., Editor
http://dpca.state.ny.us

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In this Issue:

1.         OPCA Launches Driver License Pilot Scanner Initiative
2.         Caseload Explorer/YASI Integration Fully Operational in 21 Counties
3.         OPCA Releases Interlock Financial Disclosure Report Form in Spanish
4.         Probation Officers Successfully Complete OPCA’s Fundamentals of Probation Practice
5.         Sex Offenders in a Digital World and Deception Detection Training
6.         Ready, Set Work! – Sex Offender Curriculum Developed
7.         Additional Training, Awards, Events and News
8.         Quick Facts

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1.         OPCA Launches Driver License Pilot Scanner Initiative – The NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA) has approved local probation participation in the NYS Driver License Scanner Pilot Initiative to work with licensed local establishments that retail alcoholic beverages with the goal of reducing illegal and underage purchase and improve highway and community safety.  The probation departments of Chemung, Putnam and Tompkins counties should be commended for agreeing to be part of this exciting initiative that is designed to save the lives of New Yorkers and improve traffic and community safety. For additional information please contact Walter Cogswell at (518) 485-5168 or Walter.Cogswell@dcjs.ny.gov.

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2.         Caseload Explorer/YASI Integration Fully Operational in 21 Counties – OPCA is pleased to share the current status of the Caseload Explorer/YASI Interface. AutoMon, OPCA, and Orbis kicked off the integration project in October 2009. The first county went live in February 2010 and as of September 2010 there are 21 counties in full operation and 2 counties in Test Mode. As counties go live with CE 2010, access to the YASI interface is included.  The CE/YASI integration pre-loads legal history information and will increase probation efficiency and provide new enhancements for all users. The CE/YASI software will enable users to access the YASI tool from within Caseload Explorer and to view the YASI results, reports, and documents from within Caseload Explorer.

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3.         OPCA Releases Interlock Financial Disclosure Report Form in Spanish – The Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives at the Division of Criminal Justice Services recently released the DPCA-500IID-FDR(SP) Interlock Financial Disclosure Report in Spanish. This form is available on our public website http://www.dpca.state.ny.us/ignition.htm as well as the “Reference Materials” section of Probation Services Suite in eJusticeNY. 

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4.         Probation Officers Successfully Complete OPCA’s Fundamentals of Probation Practice – The OPCA Fundamental of Probation Practice (FPP) curriculum was recently completed by 21 probation officers representing 15 county probation departments from across New York State.  This evidence-based curriculum was first accredited by the American Probation and Parole Association in 2008 and incorporates proven recidivism reduction strategies and caseload management techniques that are helping to make New York State one of the safest in the country.  For additional information, please contact Kathi Pallotta at (518) 485-5157 or Kathi.Pallotta@dcjs.ny.gov.

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5.         Sex Offenders in a Digital World and Deception Detection Training The Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA) is very pleased to announce three regional training sessions on Sex Offenders in a Digital World and Deception Detection.  This training is jointly sponsored with the NYS Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (NYSATSA) and is intended to enhance the monitoring and supervision of sex offenders in the community. This training will provide participants with a better understanding of how sex offenders use digital technology. Attendees will learn how to assess sex offender involvement with digital technology and how to manage and monitor their digital activity. Additionally, the session will cover the basics of truth and deception. This training is for probation officers who supervise and/or investigate sex offenders, probation supervisors and directors, as well as treatment providers and other professionals involved in the management and community supervision of sex offenders. Registration in advance is required. Please contact Laura Zeliger at (518) 457-5275 or Laura.Zeliger@dcjs.ny.gov with any questions.

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6.         Ready, Set Work! – Sex Offender Curriculum Developed OPCA and county probation departments have completed the Ready, Set, Work!-Sex Offender (RSW!-SO) curriculum.  This specialized curriculum is presented as addendums to the RSW! modules and includes forms designed to obtain sign-off on employment readiness. Also included is an additional module, “Sex Offender Order and Conditions”, specifically for this population to address the effect of sex offender conditions on employment. This module is designed to be facilitated by a probation officer with a sex offender case load assisted by the Offender Workforce Development Specialist. Employment should be undertaken with the assistance and input of an ATSA compliant treatment provider.  For additional information, please contact Cynthia Blair at (518) 485-5162 or Cynthia.Blair@dcjs.ny.gov.

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7.         Additional Training, Awards, Events and News

~          New York Women in Law Enforcement (NYWLE) to Host Inaugural Annual Conference November 3 – 5, 2010 in Cooperstown, NY.  This new organization, open to both sworn and non-sworn women and men employed in law enforcement related agencies throughout the State of New York, was formed with the goal of strengthening the law enforcement community through the celebration of diversity, the promotion of education and the development of leaders. For more information about becoming a member of NYWLE and/or the conference, please visit their website www.nywle.org.

~          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 OPCA, 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@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5168.

~          The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) funded APPA to develop a risk assessment instrument to identify offenders according to their probability to be rearrested for a subsequent driving while impaired offense.  APPA has developed a preliminary report and draft risk assessment tool using statewide data from Oklahoma.  The second phase of development is to pilot test the assessment tool in multiple jurisdictions across the country.  We are requesting that interested agencies review the requirements needed to participate and respond to Matthew DeMichele, PhD, Senior Research Associate with APPA at mdemichele@csg.org if you’re interested in participating.

~          OPCA is pleased to announce the availability of free one-day courses (9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) offered through the NYS Office of People with Development Disabilities (OPWDD) on the topic of Special Education Advocacy and Services.  "Start to Finish: Steps to Successful Special Education Services" will be held on November 17, 2010 at the Plattsburgh DDSO, December 8, 2010 at the Broome DDSO, Binghamton and January 11, 2011 at the Metro NY DDSO. "The Next Step Transition Services" will be held on November 16, 2010 at the Plattsburgh DDSO, December 7, 2010 at the Broome DDSO and January 12, 2011 at the Metro NY DDSO.  The trainings are conducted by trainers from the NYS Commission on Quality and Care for Persons with Disabilities (CQCAPD) regionally and via video conference. For schedule and registration information, go to www.opwdd.ny.gov/wp/index.jsp and look in the current Catalogue of Training for the classes. If you have any additional questions, please contact Patti Donohue at either (518) 485-5160 or Patricia.Donohue@dcjs.ny.gov.

~          The National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC) recently published the latest edition of The DWI Court “Hotsheet.”  This document is a quick “down and dirty” publication on some particular issue or issues and it provides the flexibility of sharing timely information beyond quarterly issues of The DWI Court Reporter.  It is published only as needed.  If you would like to be added to the distribution list for this publication, send an email with contact information to David Wallace, Director of the National Center for DWI Courts at dwallace@nadcp.org. All editions of the DWI Court Hotsheet and DWI Court Reporter are available under the “Resources” section of the NCDC website at www.dwicourts.org.

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8.         Quick Facts: According to a recent study on teen dating abuse, one in three teenagers in a serious relationship reported that they’ve been concerned about being hurt physically by a boyfriend or girlfriend. One out of five of these teens say they have actually been hit, slapped, or pushed by a boyfriend or girlfriend. (Teenage Research Unlimited, March 2006)

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