Thanks to everyone for voting for your favorite PPPS Week Celebration Video on our Facebook page! Warren County Common Pleas Court Services (Warren County, Ohio) had a wonderful celebration to honor their staff members for all their hard work in community corrections. As our 2018 PPPS Week Video Contest Winner, Warren County Common Pleas Court Services will receive five (5) 1-year APPA Individual Memberships to be given to selected staff members, or 1 FREE registration for a selected employee to APPA’s 2019 Winter Training Institute to be held in MIAMI, FLORIDA March 10-13, 2019. Thank you Warren County for all your hard work!
Thanks to all who submitted a nomination for the PPPS Week Employee Spotlight Contest! These winners have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their roles in community corrections. The dedication to their agencies, clients, and communites is unsurpassed and we want to take this opportunity to celebrate that dedication and hard work. Each of these winners will receive a free 1-year APPA Individual Membership. Congratulations and thank you for all you do!
Arlyn became a Probation Officer with the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department (MCAPD) in 1997 and promoted to Supervisor in 2005. She currently serves as MCAPD’s Thinking for a Change (T4C) Program Coordinator. A true champion of this cognitive-behavioral intervention, Arlyn successfully managed a BJA Smart Supervision grant to expand the T4C program. Accomplishments included streamlining referral and enrollment processes; reducing client wait time to enter group; coordinating group space, staffing, and scheduling across multiple locations; training of T4C facilitators; and training and marketing with probation officers to generate referrals and buy-in. With community treatment providers, Arlyn developed a collaborative model of implementing T4C with a sustainable funding source. Under Arlyn’s leadership, significant outcomes were achieved. Based on results of the grant evaluation:
Although quiet at the office, Spencer’s hardwork speaks to the kind of person that he really is. Within just a few years, Spencer has worked as a Deputy Probation Officer and as the Deputy Probation Supervisor. Once he became a Probation Officer, he was diligent in completing all of the required trainings to advance in his career track to become a Senior Probation Officer. Spencer has plenty of experience with all kinds of cases from simple infractions to very complicated felonies involving restitution. He demonstrates responsibility by meeting deadlines, getting to know each of his youth individually, and by arriving to court prepared. Furthermore, Spencer has gotten involved with several different committees throughout the years such as New Policy Committee and the Safety Training Committee, where he discusses the implementation of new policies and trains the staff within his district how to maintain a safe work environment. Spencer goes out of his way to maintain a positive relationship with community partners by playing basketball with the district attorneys or participating in staffings with the Sex Offender Task Force. He is usually one of the first to volunteer to train new staff. He deeply cares about the wellbeing of his team.
A community member highlighted this contest for me and shared that, “Leonor is a positive source of energy and a resource who understands our young people’s needs and to effectively align resources. She understands family dynamics and community and has always been willing to fill in wherever needed to achieve our team’s desired results.” In reflection, I feel Leonor has gone above and beyond for our youth and families, having brought a community perspective to the work we do collectively and specifically through our Credible Messenger Mentorship program as a Juvenile Justice Navigator though her years of community based work and social work approach.
She has a been an internal “Credible Messenger”, her values, principals and engagement have been a huge help and resource for King County Superior Court to transform processes internally. I feel by sharing stories of outstanding partners like her, it shines a spotlight on the impacts of having staff who have a community focused, social justice perspective. Leonor understands the need and impacts of implementing transformational programs and processes on our youth and families. In response, she has been promoted to a Probation Counselor, and is seen as a positive investment for our communities we serve.
Linda, Manager of the Community Corrections Division, has more than 36 years of experience in the field of Corrections with focused expertise in Community Corrections. After a brief retirement, Linda felt she had more to give to the field of corrections. She believed her expertise in community corrections, leadership, and mentoring could be used to help another organization achieve its best. In 2015, she was appointed Manager, of Community Corrections at the Orange County Corrections Department. Under Linda's leadership, the division has thrived in the furtherance of implementing innovative practices and programs. One such program is the Cognitive Behavioral Change (CBC) Program facilitated in the Probation Unit. Linda charged the team of officers to “think outside the box” of the traditional, and come up with a new way to reach offenders, that affects their way of thinking.
Seizing the opportunity presented to them by Linda, the team delivers the lessons and process-thinking reports in a meaningful and engaging manner leaving the offenders wanting more. At every graduation, we receive positive feedback regarding their caring and motivational style of teaching. Skills they learned in the Motivational Interviewing training introduced to the division by Linda.