It goes without saying that 2020 and 2021 have taken extra internal strength. We’ve been separated from family, friends and co-workers. Many of us have lost loved ones. All of us are dealing with changes to our lives that are outside of any one person’s control.
We want to know what gives you strength. What inspires you? What are your habits or routines that keep you grounded? How do you unwind after a long day with family or friends? What keeps you calm, cool and collected so you can make the most of the time you have? For #PPPSWeek, we want to focus on the mental health and wellbeing of our peers and colleagues.
APPA will be accepting submissions for our Calm, Cool & Collected Challenge that answer the questions above through photos or short videos. Please submit no more than three photos or a video no longer than 90 seconds. You may include a brief description (250 words or less) of your submission. Photos must be in .jpg or .png format. Videos must be in .mp4 format and a max file size of 500MB.
APPA will be sharing these submissions with our national audience throughout the week of July 18-24. The submission deadline is Friday, July 2, 2020 by 12:00 p.m. EDT. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!
Special thanks to those who submitted photos for APPA's Work & Life in the "New Normal" video. It has been an unprecedented year, not just for community corrections, but our lives as well. Community corrections officers and employees from around the nation and even our own APPA staff shared a little glimpse into how our lives and how we work have changed. But even in the face of change we are finding new ways to continue our mission to restore trust and create hope in our communities.
Thanks to everyone for voting for your favorite #PPPSWeek Celebration Video on our Facebook page! The winner 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 next Winter Training Institute!
Maricopa County Adult Probation Department
Thanks to all who submitted a nomination for the #PPPSWeek 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!
Ayesha is a Deputy Probation Officer with the Solano County Probation Department and is currently assigned to an adult supervision caseload. She has been with the Probation Department for over 20 years. Ayesha is the epitome of excellence and has an outstanding work ethic. She has an unwavering dedication to provide quality services to the clients on her caseload. She also goes above and beyond to assist her clients whether its buying them a much needed innertube for their bike or assisting them in applying for social security.
Ayesha’s enthusiasm and compassion does not stop with just her clients, but rather spills over to her colleagues. Ayesha is constantly trying to improve the health and mental health of all employees within the Solano County Probation Department. Ayesha is a Department Wellness Ambassador for the County’s Wellness Program, member of the Department’s Wellness Committee, Chair of the CARE (Committed to Actively Recognizing Employees) Committee and devotes her own personal time providing Zumba classes during the lunch period. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her coworkers.
Jason began his career with the Michigan Department of Corrections in 2010. He has involved himself in various opportunities to expand his growth, influence and knowledge. He has voluntarily supervised sex offender, veteran, and drug court caseloads. For two years, he was on an EPIC team that reviewed and rewrote policies.
He was one of the first to volunteer for the Carey Guide pilot. He applied and was selected to become a Motivational Interview coach. He is an outspoken advocate for MI and its benefits, stating “MI is a way to help people find their own reasons for change and every interaction is a chance to make a positive impact on an offender.”
He organized an outing to Forgotten Harvest, where staff packaged 8,000 pounds of food for the less fortunate. He is a member of the MDOC Traumatic Incident Stress Management Team and has responded to traumatic events experienced by his colleagues; providing support and assistance. He received the MDOC 2019 Candice Dunn Agent of the Year Award for his exceptional work serving the citizens of the State of Michigan, promoting offender success and public safety. He also received the State of Michigan Good Government Teamwork coin.
Lee doesn’t just do his job as a Community Coordinator; he lives the job! He was doing the work of coordinating service providers even before he joined the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS), as well as working with his church to provide such services. Lee tirelessly seeks out and persuades nonprofits and others to partner with DCS to support returning citizens in turning their lives around. He encourages those partners to work together, instead of in isolation. His volunteer work in the community has earned him unquestioned credibility. Lee is a gifted orator. Several of his encouraging catchphrases have become part of our vocabulary.
Some Georgia counties have a housing coordinator and community coordinator, but Lee manages both responsibilities in the second largest county in the State. When Lee sees a problem, he doesn’t complain about it: he chips away at it. One example is Uplift, a service he started that provides transportation to returning citizens to get to critical appointments during the first weeks of their release while they get on their feet. Lee also established a reentry coaching program, so that people who want to provide guidance are trained to provide support in the most appropriate way.
Warren County Common Pleas Court Services
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!
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.