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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.

Shine the Light on Domestic violence

For the month of October please join the Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence (OPDV) and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) by "shining the light" on domestic violence. For the seventh year in a row, the OPDV has organized a low-or no- cost campaign to turn the state purple to raise awareness of domestic violence. On Wednesday, October 15th, the OPDV and DOCCS encourage employees to play a part by wearing an item of purple clothing or a purple ribbon. More information about domestic violence or how you can participate is available on the OPDV website.

Operation Halloween Targets Paroled Sex Offenders

ALBANY- For the ninth consecutive year, the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision will impose special conditions and closely monitor supervised sex offenders to ensure the safety of children on Halloween. A copy of the press release can be found here.

Osborne Association FamilyWorks Graduation at Sing Sing

On October 22nd, the Osborne Association celebrated the graduation of 47 inmates from the parenting and relationship program at Sing Sing, a program called FamilyWorks. This ceremony celebrates the achievement and commitment of FamilyWorks graduates. The program included speeches and remarks by program graduates as well as comments from facility Superintendent Michael Capra and Deputy Superintendent of Programs Lesley Malin. Read More.

Wende HUB Gives Back to Community

Click here to read about the community projects Orleans Correctional Facility and Livingston Correctional Facility took part in recently.

Analysis of NYSCOPBA's Press Release on Assaults on Staff
DOCCS remains committed to ensuring safety for all

ALBANY -- Contrary to the implication of the NYSCOPBA press release that DOCCS under-reports assaults on staff, "any attack by an inmate on a staff member that is classified as an assault on a misbehavior report," constitutes an assault for purposes of the Department's statistical compilations. Hence, when an inmate grabs, pushes or deliberately bumps into an employee, these scenarios are considered assaults. The attack need not result in injury or in the use of a specific weapon. Read More.


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  . A complete 2012 listing is available in two flyers, January-June and July-December.

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 2011 plan year have until March 31, 2012 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.

Work-Life Services has scheduled full-day seminars for executive branch state employees to be held throughout NY. 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. Seminars have been planned at the following locations for Spring/Summer 2014: May 7 in Syracuse, May 28 in Lake Placid, June 11 in Rochester, June 18 & 19 in New York City, and June 30 in Albany. Information regarding the Fall/Winter 2014 Seminars will be forthcoming this Summer. For pre-retirement planning information including the Self Help Guide to Pre-Retirement Planning and 22 short videos, visit www.worklife.ny.gov/preretirement.