NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision 

Department of Corrections and Community Supervision

DOCCS Office of Guidance and Counseling Hosts
Veterans Transition Program Conference

The DOCCS Office of Guidance and Counseling hosted a Veterans Transition Program Conference at the Albany Training Academy on April 4-5, 2018. The conference focused on providing resources to Community Supervision Reentry Managers, Parole Officers, Veterans Liaisons, Supervisors, and Transitional Services Coordinators on specific employment, housing resources, and new departmental veterans initiatives. Presenters included representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, NYS Division of Veterans Affairs, NYS Department of Labor, Veterans Administration, NYS Department of Civil Service, We Soldier On, Northern NY Veterans Outreach, and the American Red Cross.

The conference was a result of a 2017 United States Department of Labor Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program Grant award. The conference was designed to increase NYS DOCCS staff awareness, understanding, and knowledge of the current resources available for Justice Involved Veterans in DOCCS' custody and under Community Supervision in order to provide individualized, comprehensive, and integrated services to veterans for the purpose of successfully reintegrating into society.

Veteran participants enrolled in the NYSDOL Disabled Veterans Outreach Program receive intensive case management services provided by Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists, Veterans Service Organizations and DOCCS staff prior to release. Veterans will receive referrals to NYS Career Centers in the communities where they will be returning. By integrating comprehensive re-entry planning efforts during the incarceration phase and maximizing access to federal, state, and community resources when they return home, DOCCS will facilitate skill development, assist in a stable transition to the community, and minimize their risk of reoffending.

The Incarcerated Veterans Program enables veterans to address their specialized needs within a correctional setting. It also provides them with the opportunity to develop an awareness of the benefits, entitlements, and resources afforded to them as veterans of the United States Armed Forces, further assisting them in community reintegration.

Veterans Transition Program Conference participants

Veterans Transition Program Conference participants at the Albany Training Academy

Deputy Commissioner for Program Services Jeff McKoy

Deputy Commissioner for Program Services Jeff McKoy addresses Veterans Transition Program Conference participants on current and projected plans for veteran services in NYSDOCCS

Administrative Law Judge John J. Cox

Administrative Law Judge John J. Cox presents information regarding veterans' services provided during the parole revocation process

Glenn T. Gilbert LCSW

Glenn T. Gilbert LCSW Care Line Manager from the Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center addresses Veterans Suicide Prevention