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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.

Current DOCCS Parole Officer Training Class will Prepare 40 New Officers

The Albany Training Academy is hosting an eight week Parole Office training class to prepare 40 men and women to hit the streets by February, 2015. Read More

Make a Difference Day at DOCCS 2014

The NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision participated in the annual USA Weekend and the Hands on Network's "Make a Difference Day." Different events were held across the state at various correctional facilities and within the community. Read More.

Shawangunk Correctional Facility Hosts Softball Tournament

Shawangunk Sergeant Harrison and his committee of staff from Shawangunk Correctional Facility hosted their inaugural Wounded Warrior Softball Tournament at the Wallkill/Shawangunk Quality of Work Life ball field in August. During this event, six teams representing five correctional facilities in the Hudson Valley were present: Shawangunk, Downstate, Otisville, Bedford Hills and Wallkill. The event was very well attended by staff and their families and a total of $3,600.00 was raised and donated to the Wounded Warrior Project..

NYS Accreditation

Each correctional facility and other components of DOCCS continue to be nationally accredited tri-annually by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Eastern Correctional Facility in Napanoch was the first in 1982 and in 2014, 23 correctional facilities have successfully completed their re-accreditation audit. The re-accreditation process confirms that the operations, administration and management meets or exceeds hundreds of nationally-accepted standards. Since September the final 10 facilities have completed the process. Please join together in congratulating the staff at Riverview, Gouverneur, Southport, Livingston, Cayuga, Otisville, Wallkill, Great Meadow, Moriah and Lakeview for a job well done!


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 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 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

The Governor’s Office of Employee Relations has announced the NYS-Balance topic for December 2014 – “How Much is Too Much? Being resilient to stress.” 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. See the attached electronic brochure for more details on the services offered through this program.

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 The username is nys and the password is balance.

  • The NYS-Balance topic for December is How Much Is Too Much? Being resilient to stress. The corresponding monthly webinar, Self-Care: Remaining Resilient will be offered on Thursday, December 18, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. To register, log in to (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.
  • Stress Management: Know Your Triggers. Understanding the types and sources of stress, short term and long term, internal and external, is an important part of stress management. So what stresses you out? To find out, type stress resiliency into the search box in the upper right corner of the NYS-Balance homepage. Scroll down and click on Stress Management: Know Your Triggers.
  • Battling Holiday Depression and Stress. While some people may anxiously anticipate holiday parties, cookie exchanges, wrapping gifts, and family gatherings, others dread the holiday season. Read this article to learn the possible causes of stress and how to minimize or avoid holiday stress. Under Balancing on the left hand side of the homepage, click on Mental Health. Scroll down to Stress and click on Battling Holiday Depression and Stress.
  • Managing Stress. Stressed? Who's stressed? Well, okay, most of us are. Keep your stress level in the productive zone with tried and true techniques. In this online course you will learn how to understand stress, methods to help you develop a systematic approach to managing stress, and smart techniques to help you implement a plan of action. Under Balancing on the left hand side of the homepage, click on Mental Health and then Skill Builders. Scroll down to Stress and click on Managing Stress.