AJA 36th Annual Conference & Jail Expo April 9-12, 2017 Orlando, Florida

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Mental Health First Aid: Tools for Use by Staff in a Jail Environment
  • Speakers: George Wilson, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, Nicole Primus, New York Department of Correction and Patricia Guy, New York Department of Correction 
Room: Crystal E-F, Time Slot: Sat 04/08/17 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Participants in this workshop learn how to access “free” mental health training that may be available in their jurisdictions. Having a great partnership with behavioral health providers opens the door for an assortment of hands-on training opportunities useful for interaction with those who live with mental illness and are incarcerated. Mental health first aid training is a critical block of instruction that can augment the skills already possessed by custody staff.

Civilian Personnel: Leaders in the Making
  • Speakers: Tim McWilliams, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, Todd Dearmore, Kern County Sheriff's Office, Brenda Dietzman, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office, Cynthia Kelley, Sumter County Sheriff's Office, Michael Rosenberg, Suffolk County Sheriff's Office, Scott Salley, MS, CJM, Collier County Sheriff's Office and Rory Thelen, Thelen Consultants 
Room: Crystal K-L, Time Slot: Sat 04/08/17 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

This special session is designed to help support personnel, supervisors, and managers assess their own mindsets and adjust accordingly to the new leadership paradigms. It also equips them with the basic tools, such as planning, organizing, leading, controlling, and communicating. This workshop is designed to examine and appreciate not only their roles as leaders, but more so the dynamics of teams and the importance of teamwork. Spend the day with our instructors addressing effective communication, coaching and mentoring, team-building, conflict management, and building morale.

Jails: Build, Expand, Design, Refurbish
  • Speakers: David Bostwick, AIA, NCARB, LEED-AP, HDR Architecture Inc., Dennis Liebert, Liebert & Associates, Mark Martin, MJ Martin, Inc., Robert Schlegel, CJM, CCT, CIT, Broward Sheriff’s Office Department of Detention Paul Rein Facility, Thomas Mitchell, Broward Sheriff's Office, Bob Fletcher, Vanir Construction Management, Andy Freeman, Vanir Construction Management, John Parker, Balfour Beatty Construction and Jamie L. Clayton, CJM, Imperial County Sheriff's Office 
Room: Crystal A-B, Time Slot: Sat 04/08/17 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

We have designed a workshop that addresses the many facets of any construction process. Whether you are in the predesign or preparation planning stage or have moved into the final design and construction phase, join us for this day-long session. The day begins with an overview of the construction flow chart. This allows to you to choose which of the two different tracks would benefit you and your team for the rest of the day. One set of instructors helps those participants in the beginning stages of planning and the second set of instructors covers the more advanced stages of construction. Hear from your colleagues who have been through all the stages of the jail construction—benefit from their experiences and get the tools to make an action plan for your project.

PREA Coordinator Forum
  • Speakers: Elizabeth Layman, Price Layman, Inc., Isaiah Dennard, Florida Sheriffs Association, Mary Kelley, Norfolk Sheriff's Office and Jillian Shane, New Mexico Department of Corrections 
Room: Crystal J1, Time Slot: Sat 04/08/17 09:00 AM - 03:30 PM

Please note that PREA coordinators have first option for attendance. When registering for this workshop, please identify your jurisdiction and if you are the agency PREA coordinator or a facility PREA compliance manager. If the class is not full, others may be considered.

Designed specifically for PREA coordinators, this full-day session is constructed to provide the guidance and assistance that coordinators need from the PREA Resource Center. The workshop includes a substantial amount time to peer-share and network with other PREA coordinators. Participants are placed in small groups for scenario/situation-based discussions, and these groups change composition throughout the day so that everyone has an opportunity to network with as many participants as possible. In addition to a significant time set aside for questions and answers, the specific topics to be discussed with the full group include: placement and searches of LGBTI persons, using and finding available resources, developing an adequate staffing plan, and review of the audit process.

  • Speakers: Paul Mulloy, MA, LADAC II, NCAC II, Nashville/Davidson County Sheriff's Office and Leigh-Ann Cuddy, MS, Osceola County Corrections Department 
Room: Crystal G1, Time Slot: Sat 04/08/17 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

The day costs you nothing! What can your agency gain? Bed Space! Increased Public Safety! Community Partners! A majority of inmates will return to the community. What are you doing to improve the chance of success? This all-day session is broken into four workshops to give attendees an overview of components of successful reentry and reintegration programs. Partner collaboration, data collection, budget impact, transition to the community, and programming are discussed around this critical component of corrections.

Developing, Implementing, and Sustaining Successful Jail Programs
  • Speakers: Keith W. Reed, CJM, Houston County Sheriff, Donald Aguilar, Ventura County Sheriff's Office and Cecil Argue, Ventura County Sheriff's Office 
Room: Grand 1-2, Time Slot: Sun 04/09/17 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

This workshop focuses on utilizing an evidence-based practices approach to identifying and defining jail programs that have demonstrated potential in preparing inmates/offenders for successful reentry. The workshop includes information and discussion on creating cultural change/transition for correctional officers, establishing and sustaining collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations to provide post-release services, and how to effectively integrate and manage volunteers and contract staff.

From Classroom to Keyboard: Cutting Costs with a Web-Based Training Program
Room: New York/New Orleans, Time Slot: Sun 04/09/17 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Redundant training delivered in a classroom setting is costly, ineffective, and fails to focus on real-world scenarios. By moving most of their retraining, such as blood borne pathogens and sexual harassment, to online and making it accessible to on-duty correctional officers, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office saved over $87,000 in backfill costs alone. The time and money saved has allowed them to dedicate classroom hours to a hands-on training program that focuses solely on real-world situations. Learn how to save time, money, and lives with a scenario-based training program.

Getting Out of Your Own Way: Taking Your Leadership to the Next Level
  • Speakers: Amber Michalski, CJM, Douglas County Department of Corrections, Kimberly Miller, MC, Kimberly A. Miller & Associates and David Pearson, Kimberly A. Miller & Associates & Fort Collins Police Department 
Room: Grand 8A, Time Slot: Sun 04/09/17 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

As leaders, we are faced with personal and organizational challenges, but it is our own “stuff” that always creates the biggest problems. We are our own worst enemy and often create undue stress on ourselves and others because of our perceptions, reactions, and unmanaged “stuff.” The truth is that the only person we can ever really control is ourselves. This workshop challenges participants to examine their personal barriers to success and provides them with strategies to improve their approaches to both life and leadership. Participants can expect to obtain a new perspective on leadership, strategies to more effectively manage their personal and professional challenges, and empowerment to make the changes necessary to “get out of their own way.”

Should I Contract Out Healthcare? And If So, How?
  • Speakers: Marc F. Stern, MD, MPH, University of Washington 
Room: Chicago/Denver, Time Slot: Sun 04/09/17 08:00 AM - 09:30 AM

Whether to self-operate or to outsource healthcare services is a decision faced by many correctional facilities. Those facilities deciding to outsource often struggle with what to include in the RFP and how to select the right vendor. This workshop helps decision-makers to better understand and weigh the options they face in choosing between self-operation and outsourcing. For those deciding to outsource, the workshop explores four key groups of decisions: (1) Are there options other than private companies? Should I outsource the whole healthcare operation? What are the options for sharing costs with the vendor? (2) What information should I include in the RFP? Should I put in detailed information about our operation? Should I specify what I want the vendor to accomplish or how I want them to accomplish it? How should I address the incentives and disincentives? (3) How do I select the best vendor? (4) How should I monitor the contractor?

Successful Direct Supervision Jails: Building Design or Operating Philosophy?
  • Speakers: Peter Perroncello, MS, CJM, CCT, CCHP, Norfolk Sheriff's Office (Retired), Jail Management Consultant, LLC, Anthony Callisto, Syracuse University, Elias Diggins, CJM, CCE, Denver Sheriff Department, Estéban Gonzalez, CJM, CCT, CCHP, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office and Vincent Wasilewski, CJM, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office 
Room: Grand 7A, Time Slot: Sun 04/09/17 08:00 AM - 11:15 AM

This workshop explores the reasons for successful operations in three very different designs of direct supervision jail facilities: Onondaga County Justice Center (N.Y.), Norfolk County Jail (Mass.), and Denver County Jail (Colo.), as well as plans for the newest direct supervision jail planned in Santa Barbara County (Calif.). Because many county jails are designed with direct supervision architecture, facility design features are discussed, as well as early transition efforts, shifting programing needs, policy and procedure adjustments, and administrator turnover—all in the context of the physical structure of the facilities and the evolving organizational philosophy of direct supervision. The focus also looks to the future of direct supervision and how to use the experiences of past success to plan for a future of success.

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