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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.

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Resolves Litigation Regarding Segregated Housing for Juveniles

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision today announced that they have resolved a lawsuit, Cookhorne vs. Fischer, that was filed by Prisoners' Legal Services and will result in updated agency policies that will preclude inmates under the age of 18 from being housed in segregated confinement. A copy of the press release is here.

Walsh Regional Medical Unit Completes Second of Three-Phase Rehab Project

The Department's largest and busiest Regional Medical Unit (RMU), known as Walsh and located on the grounds of Mohawk Correctional Facility, is expanding in Oneida County thanks to growing demand and a $32 million capital project that is on time and on budget. A copy of the press release is here.

2014 New York State Yogurt and Dairy Summit

Margaret Dutton, DOCCS' Food Production Center Steward, represented DOCCS at the 2014 New York State Yogurt and Dairy Summit held at Cornell University on October 15, 2014. The Summit was held the same day Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation making yogurt the official snack of New York.

UPDATED: Eastern NY Debate with University of Vermont

On September 19th, Eastern New York Correctional Facility hosted its second intercollegiate debate of the year. Inmates enrolled in Bard College through the Bard Prison Initiative faced the University of Vermont debate team on the topic: "Resolved: NATO should be immediately disbanded." Following an evenly balanced and spirited debate, the panel of outside adjudicators declared the Bard Debate Union the winners. The University of Vermont team, which is currently ranked 14th in the world, then went on to win a debate tournament on the Bard College campus in the following two days, beating teams from a dozen other colleges. The facility hosted event was featured in the Washington Post, click here to read the article.

2014 National Hispanic Heritage Celebration at DOCCS

National Hispanic Heritage Month was celebrated at DOCCS with a brief presentation on October 9th. The event began with a reading of the proclamation issued by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci delivered remarks and mentioned the merger of two agencies, the Department of Correctional Services and the NYS Division of Parole at the request of Governor Cuomo and how we have become a more diversified agency as a result. 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.