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Thanking Brenda Rodeheffer

on 9/17/2020

After a 40-year accomplished legal career, General Counsel Brenda Rodeheffer is retiring from the Office of Judicial Administration on October 2. The Supreme Court and staff will thank Brenda for her service with a brief, remote ceremony. You are welcome to watch the live webcast at noon ET on September 22. Congratulations on a well-deserved retirement can be sent directly to Brenda.

2020 Forward: Strategic Plan (Judicial Conference of Indiana)

Judicial Conference of Indiana on 9/17/2020

The Judicial Conference of Indiana has published a new strategic plan to drive improvements to the state’s justice system. The 20-page blueprint urges reform in 7 key areas: access to justice, security, technology, clerk functions, court structure, judicial selection, and centralized funding. Learn more about the Strategic Planning Committee.

Centerstone receives $3.4 million grant to combat opioid crisis

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The Tribune on 8/5/2020

Centerstone recently received a Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Center grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration worth $3.4 million over the next four years.

Only one of two organizations nationwide to receive the federal grant, Centerstone plans to use the funds to establish the center, which will provide a full spectrum of treatment and recovery support services to those suffering with addiction, also known as substance use disorders.

The award provides Centerstone with additional capacity to serve residents from Jackson, Bartholomew, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan and Scott counties.

According to Centerstone, this region is among the hardest hit by the ongoing opioid crisis. Six of these nine counties exceed the state’s average for drug overdose deaths, four counties exceed the state’s average for emergency department visits for nonfatal overdoses and two of these counties are among the highest risk in the nation for HIV or hepatitis C outbreaks.

Jessica Stall: POPAI Rookie of the Year 2020

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on 9/17/2020

The Rookie Probation Officer of the Year award was established in 2014 to recognize probation officers who, while at the beginning of their career, have shown the attitude, aptitude, and desire to improve themselves and to develop into leaders among their peers.

Judge Lance Hamner describes this year’s winner as a bright, enthusiastic and hard working young woman and stated the “It would be hard to think of a more worthy candidate.”CPO Angela Morris added “She builds relationships with her clients through care and compassion….this just comes naturally to her.”

This year’s winner of the POPAI Rookie Probation Officer of the Year award goes to Jessica Darr-Stall. Congratulations to Jessica.

Virtual Convening: The New Juvenile Probation: Lessons from the Frontlines

Virtual Convening: The New Juvenile Probation: Lessons from the Frontlines convening will examine cities and counties across the United States that have revolutionized their approach to juvenile probation. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2:00-3:30, ET, pm. It is sponsored by the Stoneleigh Foundation and the Columbia University Justice Lab. You can register for the event here.

POPAI Annual Business Meeting 2020

During the POPAI Annual Meeting on September 16, 2020:

  • Board Members were elected

President-Adam McQueen
Secretary-Cherie Wood
District 2-Heather Malone
District 4-Mike Small
District 6-Lindsey Villalpando
District 8-Mignon Ware

More detailed Annual Meeting Minutes will be posted here by Wednesday September 23.

NYPD Study: Implicit Bias Training Changes Minds, Not Necessarily Behavior

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NPR on 09/10/2020 by Martin Kaste

As U.S. law enforcement departments are accused of racist policing, one of the most common responses by the people in charge has been to have officers take “implicit bias” training.

The training usually consists of a seminar in the psychological theory that unconscious stereotypes can lead people to make dangerous snap judgments. For instance, unconscious associations of African Americans with crime might make cops quicker to see them as suspects.

After the 2014 Ferguson, Mo., protests, states rushed to require the training. Now a majority do, with New Jersey joining the list late last month.

But despite the boom in implicit bias training, there has been little real-life research into whether it actually changes what police officers do on the job.

“It’s like I’m offering you a pill to fix some disease, and I haven’t tested to see whether it actually works,” says Joshua Correll, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he studies racial bias. “Expecting that we can take people in and train them to reduce their implicit bias — I don’t think it’s been supported by the literature.”

That’s why Correll is excited about a new study at the New York Police Department that allowed researchers to track the effects of mandatory implicit bias training as it was implemented in 2018.

Reminder: Please attend the POPAI Annual Business Meeting via Zoom

on 9/10/2020 by POPAI Board

POPAI will hold its annual business meeting via Zoom on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.  All members are encouraged to log on to the meeting to learn about the status of the Association and vote on proposed bylaw changes posted here.

We’ll also be conducting some random drawings to give away several door prizes during the meeting and you must be present on the Zoom to win.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

Update 9/16/2020 A quorum was reached, bylaw changes approved. Thank you to all who took the time to attend.

FREE Webinar with Mark Carey and Susan Burke: Using cognitive tools with youth under community supervision.

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The Carey Group


Join The Carey Group

Wednesday,  September 30, 2020,

from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm ET for a free webinar series on the use of cognitive tools to improve the success of those on supervision. These webinars will feature national colleagues who have reengineered their policies, practices, and organizational culture to incorporate the use of cognitive tools in their case management work. Panelists will discuss strategies and tips to foster routine, high-fidelity use of cognitive tools.

Webinar Facilitators Mark Carey and Susan Burke, The Carey Group

Practitioner Panelists

· Elizabeth (Beth) Fritz, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

· Stacy Ledvina, Social Work Supervisor, Manitowoc County Human Services Department, Wisconsin

· Greg Moore, Juvenile Probation Officer, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania

· Carlos Sabuco, Chief Probation Officer, 3rd District Juvenile Court, Utah

Webinar #2 – September 30

Using cognitive tools with youth under community supervision.

Webinar #3 – To be announced shortly

Using cognitive tools with youth and adults in residential and day reporting settings.

There is no cost to attend the webinar, but advance registration is required. For more information go to https://thecareygroup.com/ and look for the Tools Talk icon.

Register Now for Webinar #2

New federal data: fewer kids in US foster care system

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Wane.com on 8/24/2020 by The Associated Press

The number of children in the U.S. foster care system has dropped for a second year in a row.

That’s according to new federal data which also show that a record number of children in the child welfare system were able to find adoptive homes in 2019.

The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services counted about 424,000 children in foster care as of Sept. 30, 2019.

That’s down from about 435,000 a year earlier.

Work for POPAI: Conference and Recruitment Coordinator and Membership Coordinator

The POPAI Board is seeking letters of intent and resumes from qualified individuals for two jobs at POPAI.

The POPAI Conference and Recruitment Coordinator is responsible for planning, scheduling, coordinating, and implementing training, conferences, and educational opportunities for POPAI. Additionally, this position is responsible for recruiting new probation officer, associate, and corporate members.

Download a full description of essential duties for the Conference and Recruitment Coordinator

The POPAI Membership and Recruitment Coordinator is responsible for tracking, coordinating, and maintaining information on all memberships for POPAI. Additionally, this position is responsible for recruiting new probation officer, associate, and corporate members.

Download a full description of essential duties for the Membership and Recruitment Coordinator

Send cover letter and resume to Adam McQueen, POPAI President adammcq@co.wayne.in.us

Both are open until filled.

House will vote on removing cannabis from controlled substances list

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Fox 8 on 8/29/2020

In September, the House will vote on removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act as well as erasing some marijuana criminal records, The Hill reports.

The bill would not legalize cannabis. That choice would still be left up to states. Even though the vote will not legalize the drug, it will still be a historic step to reduce legal penalties related to cannabis.

Marijuana is currently legal in 11 states.

The September vote is set to be the first taken by either chamber of Congress to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act.

Indiana Judge Killed In Plane Crash Remembered By Colleagues

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Indiana Public Media on 08/30/2020 by Associated Press

An Indiana judge killed in a small plane crash in southeastern Illinois was being remembered Sunday by fellow judges as a problem-solver who helped defendants start new lives.

The plane crashed Saturday in southeastern Illinois, killed the pilot, Ryan Johanningsmeier, authorities said. He had been a judge in Indiana’s Knox County since 2015.

“His tragic death leaves his staff and loved ones in mourning and we join them,” Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush said in a Sunday statement. “As a problem-solving court judge he helped provide defendants with a new path in life allowing those most in need of restorative justice to work for a better tomorrow.”

Two Local Men Helping Addicts Take Steps Toward Recovery

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Times Union Online on 8/7/2020 by David Slone,

Mickey Ashpole (L), a Wawasee High School graduate, is the co-founder and executive director of Allendale Treatment; Tommy Streeter (R), a Warsaw Community High School graduate, is the community outreach coordinator with Fort Wayne Recovery. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union.

AUBURN – Two men from Kosciusko County, who have battled their own drug addictions, are part of a first-for-northeast Indiana detox treatment center in Auburn.

Mickey Ashpole, a Wawasee High School graduate, is the co-founder and executive director of Allendale Treatment. Tommy Streeter, a Warsaw Community High School graduate, is the community outreach coordinator with Fort Wayne Recovery, the team behind Allendale Treatment. Both men attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday for the new facility at 5419 CR 427, Auburn.

Starting off Friday’s ceremony, Ashpole said, “This is something that we’ve been trying to do for several years now and it just took the right blend of people to make it come together.”

After Ashpole recognized those people, Mary Martin, the regional director for Indiana Sen. Mike Braun’s office, spoke on the senator’s behalf.

“As a member of the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, the senator knows the importance of combatting addiction. Indiana is one of the hardest-hit states in terms of opioid addiction. We must all do our part to save Hoosiers’ lives. Thank you for taking this decisive action in pursuit of this goal,” she said.

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