SPECIALIZED PROJECTS

The Office of Probation and Correctional Alternatives has obtained  single source exemptions  from the NYS Office of the State Comptroller to provide one year contract extensions to four counties that received awards under the 2007 RFP Services for a Shared Population:  Defendants and Offenders with Mental Illness.  These counties are Allegany, Madison, Schenectady and Warren. The extensions are from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011 and each is for a reduced amount of $22,338. - Posted August 19, 2010

DPCA is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the operation of a specialized project to provide additional targeted services within New York City (NYC) for Supervision and Treatment of Specialized Offender (SATSO) Populations in NYC The deadline for submission to DPCA is 4pm Eastern Standard Time, Thursday, March 15, 2007.

DPCA issues RFP for Services for a Shared Population: Defendants and Offenders with Mental Illness. DPCA is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to direct grants for up to five New York State counties outside of New York City to improve collaboration between probation departments and mental health service providers in the provision of services to individuals with mental illness. The deadline for submission is 4 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, Thursday, March 15, 2007

Shared Services: ATI for Defendants and Offenders with Mental Illness - According to a report to Congress in 2000, 25% to 50% of all mentally ill Americans will at some point in their lives become entangled in the criminal justice system. If not identified, diagnosed and treated, those offenders having a mental illness continue to be re-arrested. OPCA has partnered with state and local agencies to develop and fund specialized programs for those individuals involved in the criminal justice system who have serious and persistent mental illnesses.

Sex Offender Address Confirmation Project - Probation is the most frequently used disposition for defendants convicted of sex offenses in New York State.  There are approximately 3500 sex offenders under probation supervision.

Probation Domestic Violence - In support of policies promoting a coordinated criminal justice response to domestic violence, OPCA has a highly involved statewide network of Probation Domestic Violence Liaisons (PDVLs) from each county probation department.

Governor's Traffic Safety Committee - Repeat DWI Offender Training for Officers - Currently probation departments in New York State are supervising nearly 23,000 repeat DWI offenders.  Recent law has been enacted which lowered the BAC threshold to .08%. With funds provided by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee - OPCA provides updated training for probation officers in the supervision of repeat DWI offenders. (Read more about specific training for probation officers and probationers.)

Probation's Role in the collection of DNA samples is vital to New York's crime fighting and solving strategies - DPCA works with probation departments to ensure that each department has a policy in place that requires officers to identify cases that require DNA sample collection and to collect samples within 30 days of the probation officer's 1st meeting with the probationer.  Samples are collected using the Bucchal Swab. (more on Probation's Role in the collection of DNA samples)

Pathways to Employment - The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) and the New York State Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (DPCA) are partners in a new initiative directed at providing tools for unemployed probationers in order to secure gainful employment.