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eFocus, Issue Number 96, May 18, 2011
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.         Juvenile Risk Intervention Services Coordination (J-RISC) Succeeds
2.         Effective Juvenile Case Planning Training for YASI Users
3.         Probation Response to Domestic Violence in Native American Communities
4.         Leandra’s Law Implementation Update
5.         OPCA to provide Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) in Syracuse
6.           Caseload Explorer Probation Workload System Juvenile Data
7.         RSW! Training for Professionals
8.         Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-II Training
9.         Additional Training, Awards, Events and News
10.        Quick Facts

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1.         Juvenile Risk Intervention Services Coordination (J-RISC) Succeeds – Juvenile Risk Intervention Services Coordination (JRISC) was begun by the Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives in 2008 to replace the Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program (JISP). Evaluations of JISP had revealed poor performance and the limited scope of only applying to post-adjudicated Juvenile Delinquent (JD) cases. The goals of JRISC are to identify and manage high risk youth, and address their risk and need areas through evidence based intervention programs in order to measurably reduce recidivism among Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) and/or JD youth at either the diversion or probation supervision stage.  Recently released data in the Juvenile Risk Intervention Services Coordination Summary 2008-2010 indicate that JRISC continues to succeed in meeting these goals despite annual cuts in fiscal support for the program. Effective interventions like JRISC have demonstrated the potential to prevent delinquency, crime and the associated fiscal and social burdens of detention, placement, and incarceration.  For additional information, please contact Patti Donohue at Patricia.Donohue@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5160.

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2.         Effective Juvenile Case Planning Training for YASI Users – The Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (OPCA) is pleased to announce Effective Juvenile Case Planning Training for YASI users.  This one-day five hour training will focus on applying evidence based principles to case management – specifically to case planning, referrals, effective programs, and reassessments for JD and PINS cases during the diversion, investigation, and supervision stages of juvenile probation services.  Training will be from 10:00am to 4:00pm with a lunch break and will provide juvenile probation staff with case planning and reassessment guidance consistent with the Fundamentals of Probation Practice curriculum.  This program will be offered in Albany on June 1, Canandaigua on June 9 and Pomona on June 24. Prerequisite: Either live 2-day YASI Initial Training (available only before 2008) or YASI E-Learning program which is available at http://www.vivatexte.com/eprep/orbis/yasi  To register for a session, please contact Patti Donohue via email at Patricia.Donohue@dcjs.ny.gov

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3.         Probation Response to Domestic Violence in Native American Communities – OPCA is offering a training program entitledProbation Response to Domestic Violence in Native American Communities from 10:00am to 3:30pm on June 15, 2011 in Albany, NY. Brian Mohr is currently a Domestic Violence Coordinator with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Unit in New York State. He is also a Deputy for the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office. As a Domestic Violence Specialist, Mr. Mohr coordinates support services, provides assistance, as well as encourages self-help through education to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse. For the past 15 years, he has served as a liaison between the Seneca Nation of Indians and the Cattaraugus and Erie County Sheriff’s offices.  Mr. Mohr is a Seneca Indian born and raised on the Allegany Indian Reservation and was brought up learning the traditional ways of his people. This program will explore the unique challenges of and potential solutions for probation officers responding to domestic violence in Native American communities. This training will also introduce participants to the concept of historical trauma and how this critical perspective can help probation professionals understand some Native American responses to criminal justice intervention. To learn more about this program, please contact Bill Schaefer at Bill.Schaefer@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5158.

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4.         Leandra’s Law Implementation Update It has been over a year since the passage and implementation of Chapter 496 of the Laws of 2009, or “Leandra’s Law” in New York State. State Director’s Memorandum #2011-5 sent to all County Executives and Leaders, District Attorneys, Supervising Judges and Probation and Monitoring Authorities encouraged local planning teams to reconvene and carefully review the data from the first quarter (August 15-December 31, 2010) to identify challenges as well as opportunities for improving outcomes. For the period August 15 through December 31, 2010, a total of 2,037 ignition interlock devices (IIDs) have been ordered and installed according to reports submitted by localities, which effectively doubles the number of IID’s in New York State. In all, 4,675 individuals were sentenced between August 15 and December 31, 2010; a total of 2,017 or 44% of convicted operators actually installed IID’s in their motor vehicles. The data for the first quarter also reflects that 1,840 or 90.3% of the ignition interlock devices were paid for (leased) by the convicted operator. The courts ordered 53 (2.6%) operators to enter into payment plans with manufacturers of ignition interlock devices, and ordered that the cost of the device be waived and units be provided by manufacturers for 141 (7.1%) individuals. Localities were encouraged to utilize the Financial Disclosure Report form developed in cooperation with the Office of Court Administration. For the period December 18, 2009 through March of 2011, a total of 1,037 individuals have been arrested for DWI with a child under 16 years of age in their motor vehicle, a class E felony offense. Preliminary information from the DMV indicates that courts are imposing the mandatory ignition interlock condition on the disposition report in 82% of the cases. In cases where courts have not imposed the mandatory condition, DMV is sending correspondence informing the court of the oversight and requesting amendment to the disposition, as this is required for DMV to notate the driver’s license and record. OPCA has worked with the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) during the past year and obtained $3 million in grant funds from the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to assist localities with the implementation of Leandra’s Law. During March notification and contracts were sent to localities through the DCJS Grants Management System (GMS). For additional information, please contact Mark Pisano at Mark.Pisano@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 457-7731.

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5.         OPCA to provide Fundamentals of Community Corrections (FCC) in Syracuse – The next offering of FCC will be in Syracuse from June 27-30th, 2011.  This intensive four-day training has been designed for professional staff working in Community Corrections programs including Community Service, Defender-Based Advocacy, Pre-Trial, TASC, and Specialized Drug and Alcohol programs. It is also appropriate for probation officers working in these programs who have not attended Fundamentals of Probation Practices (FPP) within the last five years.  Topics addressed in this training include Assessment, Interviewing, Justice System and the Law, and Strategies for Highly Effective Programs.  There are limited funds available for travel reimbursement to programs sending staff from more than 50 miles away.  Seating is limited.  The training will be held from 9:00am to 4:30pm daily at the Center for Community Justice, 115 East Jefferson Street, Syracuse, NY.  Staff from programs in all areas are welcome to attend.  Please contact Yvonne J. Behan at Yvonne.Behan@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5153.

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6.         Caseload Explorer Probation Workload System Juvenile Data – The OPCA Probation Workload System (PWS) Reports reflect both the volume and complexity of probation work that occurs in counties throughout New York State.  For the nearly 45 probation departments utilizing the Caseload Explorer automated case management system, this report function has been programmed within the software’s functionality.   OPCA recently identified a problem with the Caseload Explorer DPCA30 Family Court Reports, specifically with the data being reported on Line 10, Probationers Received during Month.   The report was presenting “cumulative totals” rather than the “actual count” for the given period.  AutoMon, Inc. responded promptly and addressed this problem and the proposed solution was field-tested by the Dutchess, Jefferson, and Ulster County Probation Departments.   To fix the historical data and ensure the accuracy of information prospectively, AutoMon developed the “Hot Fix”, which enabled each county to install the update using AutoMon’s new patch installation tool, and produce a report which updated individual county’s historical data for this report section.  The reporting of accurate and timely probation data is essential to probation practitioners and policy makers.  Juvenile Justice Reform efforts are underway in New York State and juvenile probation information is vital to that process.  OPCA wishes to thank all of the Caseload Explorer counties for their prompt and professional response to this unexpected data request, the three counties that field tested the solution,  and Automon for their continued prompt and professional responses to New York State probation needs.   For additional information, please contact Patti Donohue at Patricia.Donohue@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5160.

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7.         RSW! Training for Professionals – On May 3, 2011 the first Ready, Set, Work! (RSW!) overview for Probation Officers, Corrections Staff and offender service providers, was held in Olean, NY. This collaboration between Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties involved probation staff from both counties, as well as corrections staff from Chautauqua County. Cattaraugus County DSS, NYS OTDA and Federal Probation were also in attendance. Captain Patrick A. Johnson, Warden, Chautauqua County Jail, requested the use of the RSW! curriculum for the program he is planning to implement in the local jail. Captain Johnson isan Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS)-Instructor and Program Manager for the OWDS training currently taking place in Chautauqua County. This request was answered by the Cattaraugus OWDS instructors who were trained in Albany over the past few years and who have implemented RSW! groups in Cattaraugus County with great success.  The program was attended by 34 participants including Chautauqua County Probation Director Linda Shields and Cattaraugus County Probation Director Gerry Zimmerman. For additional information, please contact Cynthia Blair at Cynthia.Blair@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5162.

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8.         Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol-II Training – OPCA recently offered four regional training sessions with Dr. Susan Righthand, co-author of the Juvenile Sex Offender Assessment Protocol – II (J-SOAP-II). Dr. Righthand is an Associate Research Professor in Psychology at the University of Maine. In addition to having her Ph.D. in clinical psychology, she has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice.  Dr. Righthand is a national expert who has provided training workshops and presentations in various states and abroad, primarily focusing on issues related to juveniles with illegal sexual behaviors.  Her audiences often include probation officers, child welfare workers, and clinicians, as well as judges and attorneys. She has extensive experience working with juveniles and adults who sexually offend, as well as people who experience or engage in other forms of violence or illegal behavior.  Dr. Righthand’s training sessions provided participants with a better understanding of the diversity among youth with illegal sexual behavior.  Participants obtained practical experience scoring the J-SOAP-II, and learned to use the J-SOAP-II appropriately to facilitate effective case plans. This comprehensive training program was very well received by 120 probation, treatment, parole and law enforcement professionals who attended the sessions in April 2011 in Orange, Albany, Onondaga and Monroe counties. Participants plan to incorporate the use the J-SOAP-II into their case planning.  The final regional training sessions will be offered as follows: New York City, Tuesday, June 14, 2011; Suffolk County, Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Registration is required. For more information or to register please contact Laura Zeliger at Laura.Zeliger@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 457-5275.

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9.         Additional Training, Awards, Events and News

~          The Mental Health Association in Genesee County in conjunction with National Crime Victims Rights Week recently hosted Criminal Justice Day 2011 – Restorative Justice: Impact on the Community.  The program was attended by 79 community members representing a variety of public and private organizations that work with both victims and offenders.  A panel of experts was convened to discuss the unique perspectives and various ways restorative justice has been applied to homicide cases, driving while intoxicated crimes, substance abuse treatment and in school settings. Bill Schaefer, a Community Correction Representative with OPCA, was invited to describe how restorative justice principles and practices have been successfully incorporated into several statewide initiatives designed to improve the probation response to domestic violence.  Caveats regarding the inherent dangers of certain restorative justice practices such as mediation, conferencing and sentencing circles were also shared. For additional information, please contact Bill Schaefer at Bill.Schaefer@dcjs.ny.gov or (518) 485-5158.

~          The National Center for Victims of Crime has recently released Making Restitution Real: Five Case Studies on Improving Restitution Collection. Prepared by National Center for Victims of Crime with the support of the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, this document provides real-world examples of efforts to improve the collection of victim restitution.  This report contains the final version of the papers presented at a prior Webcast roundtable. Each of these papers includes candid insights provided by invited authors, showcases efforts to increase restitution collection, and presents lessons learned and the challenges that remain.    Download Making Restitution Real: Five Case Studies on Improving Restitution Collection at www.ncvc.org/policy.

~          The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Brain Injury Association of NYS, and Schenectady Community College are sponsoring the Addiction and Brain Injury: A Focus on Youth and Families conference on Wednesday May 25th, 2011 from 8:30am to 5:00pm.  The conference will be held in Begley Hall at Schenectady Community College, 78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady NY.  To register, please send an email to Joannmiele@oasas.ny.gov by May 13, 2011.

~          The NYS DCJS Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives and Office of Program Development and Funding have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for programs to provide for the Specialized Supervision and Treatment of Offenders.  Specifically, this RFP solicits programs as an alternative to incarceration for appropriate offenders convicted of a felony or before the court on felony charges. Proposals are to offer structured supervision and appropriate evidence-based interventions to improve the offender’s compliance and response to community supervision, while providing for public safety. Eligible services include, but are not limited to, substance abuse assessments, treatment program placement, outpatient and residential treatment, TASC program services, and drug treatment. It is expected that the program would provide services to individuals with serious mental illness and to individuals who are chemically addicted, in addition to being seriously mentally ill. The annual amount of funds available through this RFP is approximately $469,000. DCJS intends to issue up to four performance-based contracts with an annual minimum value of $100,000 and a maximum value of $156,333. Applications are due by 4:00pm on June 7, 2011.  The full text of the RFP may be accessed here.

~          The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced the opening of the Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) Program application period. Through the BVP Program, states, units of local government, and tribal governments are reimbursed up to 50 percent of the cost of each unit of eligible body armor purchased for law enforcement officers. The BVP application period will be open from May 16–July 7, 2011. Only applications submitted through the electronic BVP System will be eligible for consideration.  For additional questions regarding the BVP application process, visit www.ojp.gov/bvpbasi or contact BJA at vests@usdoj.gov.

~          The Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association (MASCA) 2011 Annual Conference will be held June 5-8 at the Crowne Plaza in Albany, NY.  For additional details, please visit http://masca.corrections.com. This year, the NYS Probation Officers Association will conduct their annual conference jointly with MASCA.

~          The American Probation and Parole Association recently developed a Resource Kit to help agencies celebrate this year's Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week set for July 17-23, 2011. The theme this year is “Creativity in Times of Crisis” to highlight how community corrections agencies strive to provide assistance to those under supervision, while keeping communities safer by monitoring their behavior, all while seeing shrinking budgets and higher caseloads. The Resource Kit is available at: http://www.appa-net.org/eweb/Resources/PPCSW_11/

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10.        Quick Facts:  Probation Officers in New York State supervise over 5,000 domestic violence offenders.

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