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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 58 state facilities and 36,500 parolees supervised throughout seven regional offices.

San Juan Batista Day at Watertown Correctional Facility

Staff members and members of the inmate population celebrated San Juan Batista Day at Watertown Correctional Facility (Jefferson County) by listening to a speech on the historical evolution of the world. Dr. Timothy Lagoy, Professor of History at Jefferson County Community College, focused his talk on the impact of various cultures from one area of the world to another. The event also included a barbeque lunch and Latin music. San Bautista Day is a scheduled Heritage Day event sponsored and funded by the United Latin Organization (ULO).

Wende Hub Staff Members Raise $9,000 Towards Cancer Research

On Saturday June 28, 2014, 23 DOCCS staff members from the Wende Hub biked anywhere from 10 to 104 miles and raised nearly $9,000 dollars as part of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Bike Ride. The team dubbed "Cycling CO's" was among the 8,000 participants that raised a total of 4.5 million dollars. Click here to see who participated.

DOCCS Holds 13th Annual Parole Officers’ Memorial Ceremony

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision held its annual Parole Officers’ Memorial Ceremony on July 16, 2014 to honor seven parole officers who have died in the line of duty. The event was held at the Parole Officers Memorial at the Empire State Plaza Assistant Deputy Secretary to the Governor for Public Safety Mary Kavaney and DOCCS Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci both delivered thoughtful remarks. Governor Cuomo’s proclamation declaring July 13-19, 2014 as Pretrial, Probation, Parole Supervision Week can be read here.

Coxsackie Correctional Facility Assists Local Homeless Children

The Make a Difference Day Committee from Coxsackie Correctional Facility (Greene County) donated $200.00 to the local school district to assist local homeless students. The donation was mentioned in the Daily Mail newspaper.

Downstate Correctional Facility Hosts Employee Resource Awareness Day

On June 25, 2014, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) coordinators and committee hosted an Employee Resource Awareness Day at Downstate Correctional Facility (Dutchess County). Previously known as Health Fairs, Resource Awareness Days allow staff members at the facility the opportunity to meet with approved exhibitors and ask questions about their benefits. Representatives from Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), Public Employees Federation (PEF), the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA), Federal Department of Labor (FMLA), New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP), Empire Plan, Deferred Compensation, and many more were on hand to offer information to the over 100 employees attending.


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.