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POPAI: Management Institute and New Chief Probation Officer Orientation Registrations

POPAI on 02/03/2024

POPAI is excited to announce the 2024 POPAI Management Institute and New Chief Probation Officer Orientation.  Below are details regarding each event in addition to information on how to secure a hotel room at the conference location.

2024 Management Institute

March 21, 2024, and March 22, 2024

The 2024 POPAI Management Institute will be held in person at Drury Plaza Hotel in Carmel, Indiana. This year’s institute will be a two-day event geared toward Chief Probation Officers, Deputy Chief Probation Officers, and Supervisors throughout the State of Indiana.  Sessions will include information to Trust Based Relational Intervention, Selecting and Recruiting the Right Employees, JRAC Updates, and our annual update from the Indiana Office of Court Services.

New Chief Probation Officer Orientation

March 20, 2024

Do not get confused by the name, this event is a free training event for all Chief Probation Officers, Assistant Chief Probation Officers, and Supervisors.  This event is open to all at no charge. The agenda includes presentations on Probation Standards, Human Resources, Budgeting 101, and a Roundtable discussion with veteran Chief Probation Officers in the State of Indiana.

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Allen County Juvenile Detention Center using virtual reality to curb recidivism rates

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Indiana Public Media on 2/19/2023 by TONY SANDLEBEN, WBOI NEWS

The Allen County Juvenile Detention Center has partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Northeast Indiana, the Jim Kelly Career Pathways Center and a virtual reality company called Transfr. Officials said this partnership is meant to reduce recidivism rates among justice-involved youth.

Greg Peters, the director of detention and operations at the Allen County Juvenile detention Center, said the partnership was the result of Allen Superior Court Judge Andrea Trevino’s vision.

“Judge Trevino, who’s the head judge here, stated she wanted to start looking at an incentive program that also not only is something fun for the kids to do, but education prepares them for the workforce,” Peters said.

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Public Hearing of the U.S. Sentencing Commission March 6 and 7 Livestream Link

Join virtually on Wednesday March 6 and Thursday March 7 for a public hearing of the U.S. Sentencing Commission as Commissioners receive testimony from invited expert witnesses on this year’s proposed amendments.

The hearing will be held in the Mecham Conference Center in the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, One Columbus Circle, N.E., Washington, DC 20002. The Commission will also livestream and record this event at this link.

[DeKalb] Commissioners approve new probation officer position

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The Star on 12/13/2023

AUBURN — The DeKalb County Commissioners [in December] approved a new probation officer position to serve the DeKalb County Addictions Treatment Court.

Assistant chief probation officer Ryan Hull told the commissioners the department has received a grant from the Indiana Office of Court Services totaling $192,709.

The grant will allow funding for the current addictions treatment court probation officer, a new probation officer for that court, 20% of Hull’s salary, drug screen incentives, travel training and office supplies.

Hull noted that the addictions treatment court began in July 2021 and, to date, has received 120 referrals. From those referrals, 30 people have signed into the program. Seven have been terminated or self-terminated and six have graduated.

Consumer Guide: How Can a Peer Specialist Support My Recovery From Problematic Substance Use? For People Seeking Recovery

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SAMHSA

This new consumer guide offers people with past or current problematic substance use a straightforward exploration of the roles, values, and work environments of professional peer specialists. This guide is a comprehensive resource that will help readers understand who professional peer specialists are, what they do in various work settings, and how to access and pay for their services. Through visual aids illustrating the integration of peer specialists into the treatment and recovery landscape and practical forms readers can fill out, this consumer guide will help facilitate a strong start toward collaboration with a peer specialist.

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