Monthly Archives: May 2021

Foundation Provides Grant for Child Advocacy Center

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(IN)side Indiana Business


Mary Roberts

JASPER – The Dubois County Community Foundation is granting $560,000 to Southwestern Indiana Child Advocacy Center Coalition for its new center in Jasper. The foundation says the grant will go towards a $1.1 million fundraising goal needed for renovations of the former Fifth Street Elementary School property. Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools donated the property, which […]

Juvenile Dual Status Resource Guide Updated 2021

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Any experienced juvenile court judge, case manager or probation officer can cite instances when the line between abuse and neglect (dependency cases) and juvenile delinquency cases becomes blurred. This population is frequently referred to as “crossover youth” or “dual status” to reflect their crossing from one system into the other creating dual system involvement. In […]

Indianapolis Public Schools adding addiction recovery school Hope Academy to portfolio

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Indy Star


Arika Herron

Indianapolis Public Schools is looking to add Hope Academy, Indiana’s only recovery high school, to its portfolio of charter school partners. Hope Academy has been serving substance-impacted students – those in various stages of addiction and recovery – for 16 years. Last summer, the school relocated to 3919 Madison Ave., on the city’s south side, […]

Opioid rescue kits installed on buildings in Bartholomew County

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Lindsay Stone

 BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY, Ind. — Boxes filled with Narcan are being installed on buildings in Bartholomew County. The latest one is attached to a brick pillar outside the library. “We connect people with resources no matter what those are, whether that’s books or digital resources. This is just another resource they can utilize as they […]

The cost of Marion County’s GPS monitoring services

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Fox 59


Courtney Crown

INDIANAPOLIS — Some Marion County judges feel pressured to sentence people to electronic monitoring rather than jail or prison. They add this ideally gives a person a chance to work instead of sitting in a cell. However, unless a judge rules someone indigent, they must pay money every day to wear the monitors. For some […]

Benefits of Replacing Multiple Systems with One

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Indiana Court Times


Lisa Thompson, Project Manager and Mary DePrez, Executive Director | Indiana Office of Court Technology

Deploying the Supervised Release System One of the largest undertakings of the Indiana Supreme Court is to implement a single case management system for use in every court in the state. Odyssey is replacing more than 23 different court case management systems. These systems did not share uniform standards, used outdated technology, and did not […]

Miami County Probation Department introduces its newest employee

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Kokomo Tribune


Kim Dunlap

Clad in a yellow tie and blue vest, the Miami County Probation Department’s newest employee doesn’t know how to read or write, how to tell time or even what day of the week it is. But what he can do is so much more than that. He can comfort a crying child, show support to […]

The hidden plague

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The Herald Bulletiin


Elena Stidham

The only things in the world that are evil without bias are the things that plague – and the worst part about the plague of depression is that it’s entirely invisible. In Indiana alone, 36.6 percent of adults reported symptoms of a depressive disorder in October 2020 – nearly one out of every three adults, […]

POPAI Board to select District 3 Representative

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When The POPAI Board elected Sarah Lochner as Vice President, the District 3 Representative position became vacant. District 3 is Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Elkhart, Fulton, Howard, Kosciusko, Marshall, Miami, St. Joseph, Tipton, and Wabash counties. The Board is now seeking Intent to Run forms from the Membership of District 3 to maintain the duties of […]

Work Permits End This Summer, Among Changes In State Child Labor Laws

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Indiana Public Media


Justin Hicks

Starting this summer, Indiana children less than 18 years old will no longer be required to get a work permit. It’s one of a handful of changes to state child labor laws coming into effect this year as a result of legislation passed in 2020. Beginning July 1, the state will require employers hiring five or more teens to […]

2021 Wisconsin Chapter of ATSA (WiATSA) Virtual Conference

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The Wisconsin Chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers is hosting an annual teleconference on June 10-11. The $99 registration fee includes CE’s and a two day conference exploring topics such as human trafficking, teens and sexual digital content, assessment of Child Sexual Exploitation Material abusers, and exploring sexual health, consent, and […]

Save the Date September 8-10 for the IN PERSON POPAI Fall Conference at French Lick Resort

The POPAI Board voted to hold the Fall Conference scheduled September 8-10 2021 in person. We’ll register through and use the Whova app but all programs will be on site in French Lick. More information plus a call for proposals coming soon.

Transforming Juvenile Probation: Restructuring Probation Terms to Promote Success

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Urban Institute


Samantha Harvell, Leah Sakala, and Andreea Matei

This guide provides a framework for how to define and structure youth probation terms to reduce the harm inherent in probation supervision, leverage community partnerships, and build community capacity to wrap youth and their households with any supports, resources, and services needed to promote success. Probation-system improvements have gained momentum over the past several years […]

Beam gets top probation honor

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The News Sun


Matt Getts

ALBION — She admitted it — Stacey Beam was expecting the worse when called to the Noble County Circuit Courtroom Thursday afternoon. Instead, she was recognized as one of the best. Noble County’s chief probation officer, Beam was presented with the Order of Augustus, a statewide award given annually to the state’s top probation officer. […]

Probation Officers Save Life of Local Man with Overdose Antidote

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County News Center


Donnie Ryan, County of San Diego Communications Office

A group of San Diego County probation officers helped to save a life last week during a routine home visit, administering two doses of the drug naloxone to a 38-year-old local man who was suffering from a suspected opioid overdose. Both opioid abuse and opioid-related drug overdoses have been steadily on the rise in the […]

POPAI Board 2021 Elections – Intent to Run Forms Available

In May of each year, POPAI invites members to submit Intent to Run forms for open Board Positions. This year, the Board seeks: Vice-President Treasurer District One District Three District Five District Seven Details are in the Intent to Run Form 2021 Forms must be returned to Heather Malone by Sunday, July 11, 2021 (email […]

2021 Legislative Session Wrap-up

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The main 2021 legislative session concluded near the end of April.  However, the House and Senate will reconvene later in the year to deal with redistricting after they receive the necessary information from the 2020 federal census. POPAI worked hard to advocate for our membership and though we were not successful in every endeavor (SEA […]

Indiana’s ‘Second Chance Law’ Seals Criminal Records. But Fines And Fees Can Stand In The Way

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Indiana Public Media


Pria Mahadevan

When Jade was a sophomore in college, they were arrested and charged with a DUI. They hid their arrest from friends out of shame, and have tried to hide it from employers as well — so we’ve agreed to use just their middle name for this story. “The day that I had court, I was […]

2022 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers

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Indiana Office of Court Services


As established by Judicial Conference of Indiana per I.C. 11-13-1-8, the 2022 Minimum Salary Schedule for Probation Officers has been posted on the Indiana Office of Court Services website. Contact Angie Hensley-Langrel with questions.

Court of Appeals Rules Lake County Must Pay Probation Officers’ Legal Expenses

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Indiana Court of Appeals


Indiana Court of Appeal

In 2015, a probationer filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana against the Lake County Board of Commissioners, five Lake County Superior Court Criminal Division Judges, and two Lake County probation officers acting in their official capacities alleging violations of their constitutional rights.  The Attorney General is […]

APPA Announces Election Results

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American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) is proud to announce the results of their 2021 Election. Voting was completed virtually by APPA membership in the month of April, and turnout was fantastic! More than 650 voters took part in this year’s competition, representing 35% of all eligible voters. Indiana will be well-represented on APPA’s […]

POPAI Board Selects New Vice President


On Thursday, May 6th the POPAI Executive Board met to select a new Vice President of the Association.  The Board is pleased to announce that Sarah Lochner, Chief Probation Officer for Wabash County, will serve as the Association’s Vice President for the remainder of the term which expires in September 2021.  Congratulations, Sarah!

‘I was a monster’: Fixing minds and changing lives in Marion County’s mental health court

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INDIANAPOLIS — George Lewis was drinking a lot of gin. He was trying to numb the pain, to kill the dark thoughts. Friends and family were distancing themselves. He couldn’t keep a job. He was on the verge of homelessness. Lewis, 59, was out of control, raging. He didn’t know at the time that he […]

Allen County Juvenile Center students learn how to knit, donate infant hats and cocoons to area hospitals

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Corinne Moore

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Children staying at the Allen County Juvenile Center (ACJC) are learning something new from an area teacher: how to knit. The center said it initially started as dedicated weekly enrichment time for students to engage in non-academic learning experiences. Sandy Eager, a teacher in the detention center, began teaching the […]

Counselor’s Corner: The Therapeutic Benefits of Humor in Substance Use Disorder Counseling

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Mark A. Sanders, LCSW, CADC; Illinois State Program Manager, Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC, and PTTC

Humor can be utilized in substance use disorder counseling to help reduce client resistance, increase rapport between counselor and client, and help facilitate recovery. Some of the therapeutic benefits of humor in substance use disorders counseling include: Laughter as the great equalizer. Maya Angelou told Oprah Winfrey that only equals laugh with each other. Many […]

Why New Guidelines For Opioid Treatment Are A ‘Big Deal’

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Audie Cornish

More medical practitioners are being allowed to prescribe buprenorphine under new guidelines from the Biden administration. The change means that the drug shown to reduce opioid relapses and overdose deaths can be more widely prescribed. It comes after a year of overdose deaths spiking across the United States. Early estimates indicate about 90,000 people died […]

POPAI Executive Board to Select a Vice President

Adam McQueen, Assistant Chief Probation Officer of Wayne County and the President of the Probation Officers Professional Association of Indiana (POPAI), announced to the Executive Board his resignation as President of POPAI.  Vice President Troy Hatfield assumed the role as President on April 14, 2021. The Board accepted applications to fill the Vice President vacancy […]