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Pub. 4660 - Electronic Monitoring Program

Transition Program

The Electronic Monitoring (EM) Program is a bridge between the Office of Children and Family Services' facility residential placement and the Aftercare Program. Aftercare is a program of services - such as counseling and enrollment in educationalor vocational programs - provided to youth after they are released from a facility. Electronic Monitoring is not intended to replace any functions or services currently being provided to youth. Rather, it is intended to provide support to youth as they transition from residential care to home.

The Electronic Monitoring Program provides an Aftercare counselor with the ability to closely monitor adherence to curfew requirements during the first four to eight weeks after a youth leaves facility care. Intensive supervision and support, during the first weeks of a youth's return to the community, result in a more controlled re-entry.

Electronic Monitoring is used to manage and measure a youth's compliance with curfew and program requirements. It is not intended to restrict a youth to the home as a form of "house arrest."

Youth Selection

Up to 100 youth can be on Electronic Monitoring at any one time. Selection is made as slots become available.

Upon transfer to the Electronic Monitoring Program, youth will receive the services, supervision and support normally provided to youth in day treatment programs. Youth will be required to adhere to a strict curfew schedule, attend school, attend counseling or support programs and participate in other required services.

In the absence of any violations, youth will be on Electronic Monitoring for four weeks before being released to Aftercare. Based on overall performance, violations may result in the extension of Electronic Monitoring for one or two weeks. Eight weeks is the maximum time a youth will be allowed to remain on Electronic Monitoring, at which point, the youth either transfers to Aftercare or returns to a higher level of care.

Program Highlights

Program Procedures

The actual monitoring and data collection for the project has been contracted. The contractor transmits monitoring data and reports concerning compliance, violations and tampering with the equipment to the terminals established in the Office of Children and Family Services Central Communications Unit and the participating Aftercare field offices. Coverage of the terminals is provided by Central Communications Unit staff and by the Electronic Monitoring Coordinator based in Central Office.

The Electronic Monitoring Program features a balance of incentives (progressively later curfews) and graduated consequences for violations. There are three basic types of violations:

Late for Curfew

Youth is late for curfew but returns within two hours.

AWOL

Youth is out two hours after curfew OR leaves home before/after curfew.

Tampering

Youth tampers with, or intentionally interferes with, the Electronic Monitoring equipment.

For each type of violation, the contractor generates reports which are sent to the appropriate offices. Depending on the nature of the violation and the history of the particular youth, the staff on duty at the Central Communications Unit may notify the on-call Aftercare Administrator. At that point, the on-call Administrator determines which of the preplanned violation scenarios will be executed. These options range from calling a youth's residence to issuing a warrant for return to residential program.

Electronic Monitoring Program Sites

Bronx Aftercare Office
349 East 149th Street - Room 605
Bronx, NY 10451
Phone: 718-665-5500

Brooklyn Aftercare Office
55 Hanson Place - Room 750
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: 718-447-1268

Buffalo Aftercare Office
Ellicott Square Building
295 Main Street - Suite 405
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: 716-852-7541

Capital District Aftercare Office
79 Ryckman Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
Phone: 518-438-8044

Manhattan Aftercare Office
163 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-961-4370

Newburgh Aftercare Office
164 Lake Street - Suites 13 & 14
Newburgh, NY 12550
Phone: 914-561-5620

New York City Intensive Aftercare Office
Phase I & II
163 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-961-4370

Queens Aftercare Office
162-04 Jamaica Avenue
Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: 718-291-8420

Rochester Aftercare Office
259 Monroe Avenue - 3rd Floor
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: 716-238-8210

Syracuse Aftercare Office
The Atrium
2 Clinton Square - Suite 105
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315-423-5488

Utica Aftercare Office
207 Genesee Street - Room 409
Utica, NY 13501
Phone: 315-793-2576

Yonkers Satellite Aftercare Office
70 Ashburton Avenue - 6th Floor
Yonkers, NY 10701
Phone: 914-963-6377 or -6388

Electronic Monitoring Program

Division of Rehabilitative Services
Bureau of Juvenile Aftercare Services
52 Washington Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144
Telephone 518-473-4016 - Fax 518-486-7095

Visit our website at: ocfs.ny.gov
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Office of Children & Family Services

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services will make this material available in large print or on audiotape upon request.

Pub. #4660 (Rev. 06/02)