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About DOCCS

The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, guided by the Departmental Mission, is responsible for the confinement and habilitation of approximately 54,700 individuals under custody held at 54 state facilities and 36,500 parolees supervised throughout seven regional offices.

Storm Update (1.28.15)

State offices in Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester Counties will be open on Wednesday, January 28.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015: All previously-scheduled parolee office reports remain scheduled.

Cardinal Dolan Joins Acting Commissioner Annucci at Eastern's Bard College Graduation

Both Acting DOCCS Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci and Cardinal Dolan recently spoke at a Bard College commencement ceremony at the Eastern NY Correctional facility. READ MORE

DOCCS Graduates 37 Parole Officers

DOCCS celebrated the graduation of 37 Parole Officer Recruits on January 23rd, marking the second class in the last two years. The officers, having completed eight weeks of classes and training, will be assigned to three weeks of on-the-job training to work out of several bureaus located in New York City. Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci delivered the keynote address. The ceremony concluded with a video presentation of their eight weeks of training and progress at DOCCS.

Five Parole Officers Receive Commendation for Brave Action

Five parole officers from Queens recently received commendation, from their supervisor, Queens Bureau Chief A. Preston, for arresting two parolees DOCCS identified as "very high risk for violence and gang membership." READ MORE.

Fishkill Correctional Facility Starts New Year with College Graduation Ceremony

Inmates at Fishkill Correctional Facility receive their Bachelor's degree in facility's first college graduation ceremony of 2015. READ MORE.

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DOCCS Joins Other State Agencies in Hiring Veterans

Executive Law 369 was amended to include Chapter 17-A, known as the Veteran's Employment Act. It is now the policy of New York State to hire discharged veterans for temporary appointments and temporary-hourly positions within state agencies. In order to be eligible an individual must have served on active duty in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard or the Reserved Components of the Armed Forces of the United States or served in the active military service of the United States as a member of the Army National Guard, Air National Guard or the New York Militia and have been released from service for any such service other than dishonorable discharge, after September 11, 2001.

The New York State Department of Civil Service has created an online portal which will allow agencies to be provided with a pool of veterans they must consider when making temporary-hourly appointment. To learn more about the program, including ways to sign up, click here.

New Website Allows People to Apply for Clemency Online

"On December 31, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced a new clemency web site to act as a central resource for those eligible for clemency to apply. In addition, the public may view the DOCCS directive 6901, Information Concerning Executive Clemency, here.

DMV Identification Program

To further enhance the Department’s reentry efforts, a set of protocols developed by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has been created to educate the inmate population on which steps are necessary to allow newly released individuals to apply for a learner’s permit, driver’s license or non-driver ID. The flyer can be found here.

Employee Benefit Programs

Work-Life Services provides New York State employees with a comprehensive network of resources to address their work, home, and life issues. Detailed information about these negotiated benefits is available at www.worklife.ny.gov and through program-specific telephone numbers and websites.

NYS-Balance, a confidential resource and referral service for NYS employees, offers monthly webinars  .

Additionally, we are pleased to share “Benefits of the NYS Peer Employee Assistance EAP”  with you. This document describes the many benefits of the NYS EAP peer model and the wide range of EAP services available to both employees and agencies.

Employees enrolled in the Flex Spending Account for the 2014 plan year have until March 31, 2015 to send in reimbursement requests for eligible expenses incurred under the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account. For more information, log onto www.flexspend.ny.gov or call 1-800-358-7202.

New York State offers its executive branch employees pre-retirement planning information through both online resources and Directions seminars. If you are eligible to retire in five years and have not previously attended a Directions: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminar, you are eligible to attend. Please contact your agency Human Resources Office to let your agency liaison know of your interest. You must be registered by your agency and have a confirmation notice in order to attend. For pre-retirement planning information including the Self Help Guide to Pre-Retirement Planning and 22 short videos, visit www.worklife.ny.gov/preretirement.

The Governor's Office of Employee Relations has announced the NYS-Balance topic for January 2015 - "Get Your Head in the Game. Focus on the now." The corresponding monthly webinar, The Mind-Body Connection, will be offered in two sessions on Thursday, January 15; the first one from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the second one from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The flyer featuring the topic and webinar is attached in both a graphic and plain text version to comply with accessibility requirements.

NYS-Balance is a free, confidential resource and referral service. You can call a NYS-Balance consultant anytime to find available resources nationwide for anyone in your family.

NYS-Balance has produced brochure summarizing the six benefit programs available through Work-Life Services. These negotiated benefit programs can help you connect with needed resources or save you time and money. Employees eligible for these programs are those represented by CSEA, PEF, UUP, DC-37, Council 82, NYSCOPBA, and GSEU, and employees designated Management Confidential.

Each month, NYS-Balance features a new topic on the website. A corresponding webinar, multiple online resources, and free educational materials can be accessed anytime by calling the toll-free number, (866) 320-4760 (TTY/TTD (866) 228-2809), or by logging in to the website at www.nysbalance.ny.gov. The username is nys and the password is balance.

  • The NYS-Balance topic for January is Get Your Head in the Game. Focus on the now. The corresponding monthly webinar, The Mind-Body Connection will be offered in two sessions on Thursday, January 15; the first one from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the second one from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. To register, log in to www.nysbalance.ny.gov (username: nys and password: balance) where you will find the registration link in the center of the homepage. You must register in advance. If the time of the live webinar does not coincide with your approved lunch or scheduled break time, you can access the archived webinar from home or during another lunch or scheduled break time approved by your supervisor.
  • Learn to Disconnect. This is sage advice when it comes to technology, screen time, and multi-tasking. Continuously being connected without a break can cause anxiety and may inhibit deep thought. To learn more, under Balancing on the left hand side of the homepage, click on Personal Growth, then Articles. Scroll down to More Information for Personal Growth and click on Learn to Disconnect.
  • Tai Chi: An Introduction. Tai chi, which originated in China as a martial art, is a mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine. Tai chi is sometimes referred to as moving meditation-practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness, while breathing deeply. To read this article, type Tai Chi: An Introduction into the advanced search box in the upper right hand corner of the home page. Scroll down and click on Tai Chi: An Introduction.