This week’s WELLNESS WEDNESDAY’s article is focusing on "Work Life Balance." I know, I know "Work Life Balance" has been the hot catch phrase over the past few years. However, for a lot of people the concept of "Work Life Balance" is just that, a concept. Many of us find our stress levels increasing because we wear so many hats and try to juggle them all at the same time. Some may call it multitasking, but we often began to feel overwhelmed, which can lead to poor health. According to an article published by Mental Health America titled "Work Life Balance:" many of us are torn between juggling heavy workloads, managing relationships and family responsibilities, and squeezing in outside interests. Therefore, it is no surprise that more than one in four Americans describe themselves as "super stressed", and that’s not balanced—or healthy.
The article mentioned how our rush to meet all our expectations at the office and home lead to increased stress levels, which decreases our productivity and can damage our relationships. Prolonged stress will eventually weaken our immune system and double the risk of heart attacks or other mental/ physical ailments.
This position is located in the U.S. Probation Office in Charlotte, NC. The incumbent is
responsible for supervising the activities of line probation officers and probation officer
specialists under the direction of the Chief Probation Officer and the Assistant Deputy Chief
FPPOA 2018 Elections News
Election season is once again upon us! It is time for those of you in the Southeast and Northeast Regions to elect your regional presidents. The national officers are also up for election this year (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer).
Please consider throwing your hat in the ring and being an officer in the only professional organization dedicated solely to Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Officers.
Elections are tentatively scheduled for the second week in November, and are done electronically through FPPOA’s website. You will receive an email when the elections are open. Don’t forget to vote!
Officers wishing to be placed on the ballot should email a letter/statement of interest no later than October 31, 2018 to Eileen_Vodak@wiep.uscourts.gov. The letter should include the position you are running for (if a regional president, please specify which region), a biography with your tenure as a USPO/USPSO/POA, your history of FPPOA membership, previous professional experience, past and present professional affiliations, professional recognitions/awards, and community activities. Please also provide a statement, approximately one page in length, regarding your views on current issues affecting the US Probation System and FPPOA, and any proposals/ideas you would like to see implemented.
If you have any questions regarding the elections or officer responsibilities, please contact Eileen Vodak. Thank you!
Saturday, September 22, 2018 marks the thirty-second anniversary of Thomas Gahl's line-of-duty death in the Southern District of Indiana. USPO Gahl died performing a home contact during which the offender ambushed Tom while armed with a shotgun. Gahl served for eleven years in the federal probation system. Thomas Gahl was 38 years old at the time of his death and was survived by his wife, Nancy, and two children, sons Chris and Nick, then ages 8 and 4. Please join the Federal Probation and Pretrial Officers Association in remembering a fallen colleague. Please take a moment to review the article previously posted in News & Views.
As a part of FPPOA's partnership with Marist College, the attached flyer provides dates and times for Graduate Virtual Information Sessions at Marist through the end of the year. It includes programs such as the MBA, MPA, School Psychology, Mental Health Counseling and more! The virtual information sessions are an easy way to gain insight on a program or programs officers may be interested in at the convenience of their own home or office!
Earlier this year, FPPOA conducted a survey to gather information from the field. A series of questions was developed to obtain information on topics FPPOA hears about from its members, as well as non-members. In no way was this survey a professional, long term, “survey company/academic” approach to gathering information. It was simply a series of questions to gather information from the field.
The survey received feedback from over 1,500 officers. That’s nearly 25% of the probation and pretrial officers in our system, meaning about one out of every four responded. We thank all of you for your time in responding. This number signifies to us that the line wanted to be heard. As FPPOA is the sole “voice” for Federal Probation and Pretrial Services Officers, we proudly provide you with the following information gathered from the survey. The survey was not intended to bring about dispute, but to bring about cooperation and a better future for our officers.
FPPOA is excited to announce the next National Training Institute (NTI) will be held in Tucson, Arizona at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Hotel from August 25 to 28, 2019. The board is already in the planning process and are ready to host 500 officers for this training, which will include having the entire hotel solely for our conference. Please mark your calendar! Registration will begin in the spring.
As you know, the NTI is a very exciting and well attended training program, focused solely on the job of U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Officers. We achieved great success and popularity in 2015 when it was held in Scottsdale. We are very excited once again to bring this program to the District of Arizona.
CDC Alert: Rising Numbers of Deaths Involving Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogs, Including Carfentanil, and Increased Usage and Mixing with Non-opioids News
This Health Alert Network (HAN) Update is to alert public health departments, health care professionals, first responders, and medical examiners and coroners to important new developments in the evolving opioid overdose epidemic, which increasingly involves illicitly manufactured fentanyl and an array of potent fentanyl analogs (i.e., compounds that are chemically related to fentanyl). It is the second update to the original health advisory, HAN 384, issued October 26, 2015, which alerted the public to the increase in unintentional overdose fatalities involving fentanyl in multiple states, primarily driven by illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The first update to this health advisory was released on August 25, 2016 (HAN 395), describing the sharp increase in the availability of counterfeit pills containing varying amounts of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, the continued increase of overdose deaths involving fentanyl across a growing number of states, and the widening array of fentanyl analogs being mixed with heroin or sold as heroin.
The current update includes information on: (1) the continued increase in the supply of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs detected by law enforcement; (2) the sharp rise in overdose deaths involving fentanyl and fentanyl analogs in a growing number of states, in particular the growing number of deaths involving the ultra-high potency fentanyl analog known as carfentanil; (3) the expanding number of poly-drug combinations implicated in opioid overdose deaths, which include non-opioids, such as cocaine; (4) the updated comprehensive guidance available to law enforcement and other emergency responders to prevent occupational exposure to fentanyl and fentanyl analogs; and (5) updated recommendations for public health professionals and health care providers regarding prevention and response efforts.
Read the full article here: https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00413.asp
The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania is seeking a qualified individual for the full-time career position of Chief Probation Officer located in Pittsburgh, PA. The Chief Probation Officer administers and manages the daily operations of the U.S. Probation Office. The Chief Probation Officer is a Court Unit Executive who operates under the direction of the Chief Judge and the court. The position has an annual salary range of $145,914 - $194,331. The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania is one of three federal judicial districts in Pennsylvania. The Western District of Pennsylvania is made up of 25 of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania. For a detailed position description, including representative duties, required and preferred qualifications, and instructions on how to apply, visit the court’s website at http://www.pawd.uscourts.gov/employment The Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.