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Welcome POPAI’s New Conference Planner

POPAI on 10/26/2020

On Wednesday, October 14th, the POPAI Executive Board voted to appoint Anthony Williams as our new conference planner!

Anthony is the Alcohol and Drug Services Director for the Marion County Superior Court Probation Department and is a current member of POPAI.

Anthony has been a probation officer for over 17 years.  He serves as the current president of the Indiana Coalition of Court Alcohol and Drug Services (ICCADS) and he is a member of the Probation Officer Advisory Board.  He has conference planning experience through his role in ICCADS as well as his work with the Midwest Regional Network for Intervention with Sex Offenders.

Anthony states, “I am very excited to hit the ground running and put on some amazing conferences for POPAI.”

Please contact Anthony at training@gopopai.org for conference ideas, questions, and concerns.

Adapting Community Corrections in Response to COVID-19 (ADAPT-CC) Research Study

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University of Central Florida

About this study:

The purpose of this study is to examine how community corrections agencies altered policies and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now recruiting community supervision officers to participate in interviews to learn about how working during the pandemic has impacted them.

What does participation involve?

You will be asked to participate in interviews to learn about your perceptions of change in your agency as a result of COVID-19 and the impact of working during the pandemic on you. This interview will allow you to report on your experiences and opinions. We will follow-up with you in 12 weeks to identify any changes in your experiences.

The interview should take around 45-60 minutes. We will not report any individual interview findings and will only report aggregate findings. Individual agencies/organizations will also not be identified, and your supervisors and co-workers will not know you participated in this study.

Why is your participation needed?

Community supervision officers are a key part of the criminal justice system. The information collected in this study will provide key data for understanding how to support supervision work during crisis and public health emergencies.

How do I sign up?

If you are willing to share your experiences, please e-mail interview coordinator, Ashley Lockwood, at Ashley.Lockwood@knights.ucf.edu to schedule an interview you can sign up here: ccie.ucf.edu/adapt-cc.

You may contact the study PI, Dr. Jill Viglione, at 407-823-2655 or at jill.viglione@ucf.edu with any questions or concerns.

Welcome to POPAI’s New Membership Coordinator

POPAI on 10/26/2020

On Wednesday, October 14th, the POPAI Executive Board voted to appoint Karen Oeding as our new membership coordinator!

Some of you have met or seen Karen at our annual Fall Conference and all of you have seen a product of her work.  Karen is our current webmaster who works tirelessly to make sure our membership stays informed.

Karen’s very familiar with our membership database and is amazingly efficient, organized, and responsive.  Karen will likely be in contact with nearly everyone in the near future to update our files and understand how your membership is handled each year.

Upon learning of the appointment, Karen stated, “I am so very delighted to accept and run with this new role for our POPAI family/team.”

If you have any questions or concerns about your membership or our website, please contact Karen at website.administrator@gopopai.org.

Evaluating the Impact of Probation and Parole Home Visits (2019)

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National Institute of Corrections

In 2014, Abt Associates began work on a grant from the National Institute of Justice to evaluate the effectiveness of home and field contacts in community supervision. The study was designed to describe the varying practices of home and other field contacts in community supervision, to document their use nationwide, and to evaluate their effectiveness in maintaining public safety and promoting compliance with supervision requirements. Abt’s research is designed to address the gap in our understanding of home and field contacts as part of community supervision.

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The IMPD team adding more ‘empathy’ to policing

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Indianapolis Recorder on 10/1/2020 by Hilary Powell

For several days in a row, Sgt. Lance Dardeen’s squad car was the only transportation an Indianapolis man was comfortable riding in.

The two went to the grocery store, doctor’s appointments and errands around Central Indiana, making small talk, side by side in the front.

Dardeen said the man, who he said suffered from schizophrenia, wouldn’t leave the house and didn’t have groceries.

“He was very comfortable with me because I was protecting him as I was able to take him grocery shopping because he would only get [in] a marked police car,” Dardeen said. “That’s how scared this individual was.”

It’s a typical run for Dardeen as a member of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s Behavioral Health Services Unit.

New Law Creates 988 Hotline For Mental Health Emergencies

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NPR on 10/19/2020 by Rhitu Chatterjee

President Trump has signed into law a bipartisan bill to create a three-digit number for mental health emergencies. The Federal Communications Commission had already picked 988 as the number for this hotline and aims to have it up and running by July 2022. The new law paves the way to make that a reality.

“We are thrilled, because this is a game changer,” says Robert Gebbia, CEO of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

He and other mental health advocates say this will make it easier for more Americans to access mental health care.

The existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 10-digit number — 1-800-273-TALK — and it has seen a rise in call volume in recent years.

Still, the number isn’t easy to remember or dial in times of crisis, says Gebbia. “When you’re in crisis and you’re already emotionally upset, the hardest thing to do is find the number that’s a 10-digit number and call it.”

Opioid Crisis: “If you had my problems..”

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Moultrie News on 10/7/2020 by David Emch

We have spent a lot of time in this series discussing the myths and misconceptions commonly held about alcoholism and addiction.

But we have not spent time talking about the myths – or lies – that the alcoholic and addict tell themselves. Curious, I asked numerous recovered alcoholics and addicts for insight, and their responses resulted in this article.

People on the other side of addiction are a pretty happy bunch. And why shouldn’t they be? They have escaped the jaws of a ruthless predator.

EXiT Virtual Membership meeting: Training and Idea Sharing

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Executives Transforming Probation and Parole

You are cordially invited to attend the Executives Transforming Probation and Parole Virtual Membership Meeting

Please save the date for the next EXiT Virtual Membership meeting, which will be held Tuesday, December 8, 2020 1:00pm-4:00pm, ET.

It will be a half day filled with training and idea sharing. Learn more, including a full agenda in the coming weeks. Register Now

Homeless Families Struggle With Impossible Choices As School Closures Continue

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WBOI on 10/7/2020 by Cory Turner

The closure of school buildings in response to the coronavirus has been disruptive and inconvenient for many families, but for those living in homeless shelters or hotel rooms — including roughly 1.5 million school-aged children — the shuttering of classrooms and cafeterias has been disastrous.

For Rachel, a 17-year-old sharing a hotel room in Cincinnati with her mother, the disaster has been academic. Her school gave her a laptop, but “hotel Wi-Fi is the worst,” she says. “Every three seconds [my teacher is] like, ‘Rachel, you’re glitching. Rachel, you’re not moving.'”

For Vanessa Shefer, the disaster has made her feel “defeated.” Since May, when the family home burned, she and her four children have stayed in a hotel, a campground and recently left rural New Hampshire to stay with extended family in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Her kids ask, “When are we going to have a home?” But Shefer says she can’t afford a “home” without a good-paying job, and she can’t get a job while her kids need help with school.

Problem-solving court adapts to COVID-19

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Video by Mary Kay Hudson, Executive Director of Office of Court Services with guests Allen County Court Administrator John McGauley and Judge Frances Gull

Some Indiana problem-solving courts have found innovative ways to adapt to COVID-19. Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull and Court Executive John McGauley discuss the importance of strategic planning and creativity when pulling together court-hosted events during a pandemic.

Issue brief: Reports of increases in opioid- and other drug-related overdose and other concerns during COVID pandemic

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AMA on 10/6/2020

In addition to the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 global pandemic, the nation’s opioid epidemic has grown into a much more complicated and deadly drug overdose epidemic. The AMA is greatly concerned by an increasing number of reports from national, state and local media suggesting increases in opioid- and other drug-related mortality—particularly from illicitly manufactured fentanyl and fentanyl analogs. The media reports below cite data from multiple and varied sources, including national, state and local public health agencies, law enforcement, emergency medical services, hospitals, treatment centers, research journals and others. More than 40 states have reported increases in opioid-related mortality as well as ongoing concerns for those with a mental illness or substance use disorder. This issue brief underscores the need to remove barriers to evidence-based treatment for those with a substance use disorder as well as for harm reduction services, including sterile needle and syringe services and naloxone.

(the link above is to a PDF document)

The Federal Government Releases Tips For Secure Teleworking

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Route Fifty on 10/5/2020 by Aaron Boyd

The short guide from CISA offers quick tips and links to deeper resources for employees at every level.

The mass teleworking required by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is creating new cybersecurity vulnerabilities and exacerbating old ones. In response, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a quick guide to help organizations address these issues at every level.

The guide is broken into three parts, each representing distinct users in the telework security ecosystem: bosses, security professionals and everyday employees.

State Receives $25M to Continue Workforce Ready Programs

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Inside Indiana Business on 9/24/2020 by Wes Mills

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education says the state has received another $25 million in CARES Act funding to continue efforts to upskill more Hoosiers through expanded Next Level Jobs programs.

The money is used to help provide training to people who lost their jobs during the pandemic. It can also be used to steer Hoosiers towards better-paying jobs.

“We were able to use that money to expand the number of tuition-free, high-quality certificates, as well as the number of Hoosiers who were eligible to access those short-term education and training opportunities,” said ICHE Commissioner Teresa Lubbers.

Short Film, Transforming Justice: Rachel Barnard

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Rachel Barnard, a public artist-in-residence, works to provide a safe space for deep listening while inspiring hope through the creation of whimsical, unconventional art space called “Wisdom Pavilions” in a NYC Probation office. The goal of this project to positively shift the departments culture and transform relationships between NYC Department of Probation officers and their clients.

A short film is available about the Wisdom Pavilions is here.

A local event caused several COVID infections. Officials won’t say what it is| Webb

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Evansville Courier & Press on 10/6/2020 by Jon Webb

Here’s the grim way the Vanderburgh County Health Department described a recent event.

Few people wore masks. They didn’t socially distance. And as a result, several attendees tested positive for COVID-19, adding to the mountain of cases lording over the Evansville area.

The VCHD referenced that event in a statement to Eyewitness News over the weekend. And when I reached out to health department administrator Joe Gries, he went into the details about masks and distancing.

But there was a problem: the department refused to say what event it was talking about. That demurring continued Monday.

“The health department does not share specific information about positive COVID-19 cases due to HIPAA,” he told me via email. “Also, the information of positive cases belongs to the entity/business/organization, and it would be up to them to notify the public if they wanted to share that information.