ICAOS Emergency Notification Newsletter
September 11, 2018
Issue 1

A Word from the DCA Liaison Committee Chair
By Tracy Hudrlik

DCA Liaison Committee Chair, Tracy Hudrlik / MNHello fellow DCA’s! Welcome to the first edition of the DCA Liaison Committee’s newsletter, “The Liaison.” For our first edition, we have chosen to simply explain our vision for each section of the newsletter. We hope that after reading all about it, you will have many submissions for future issues. We intend to publish the newsletter quarterly and are looking forward to hearing from all of you regarding the various sections of the newsletter. As you will read, you can submit items directly to our committee members that are responsible for each section. The newsletter will be sent to all Commissioners and DCA’s. If you have additional compact staff that would like to receive the newsletter, please have them register at: http://eepurl.com/dEB2bb

Have you had a particularly difficult case that you were able to work through with another state? It seems that every day, we have a new situation that we haven’t dealt with before and we need to call on our colleagues for advice. If you have had a recent situation that you have successfully worked out with another state, please email the details to me, tracy.hudrlik@state.mn.us. We would all love to hear about it as others may be faced with a similar situation in the future.

The newsletter will also feature any upcoming event, such as audits, enhancements, rule changes, etc. to keep you all informed. If you have suggestions for additional information, please contact one of your regional committee reps. Our members are:
Tracy Hudrlik, MN DCA Liaison Committee Chair
Natalie Latulippe, CT East Regional Chair
Margaret Thompson, PA East Region Representative
Julie Lohman, VA South Regional Chair
Tim Strickland, FL South Region Representative
Matthew Billinger, KS Midwest Regional Chair
Simona Hammond, IA Midwest Region Representative
Judy Mesick, ID West Regional Chair
Patricia Odell, WY West Region Representative

Orlando - Host city of the 2018 ICAOS Annual Business Meeting, October 1–3DCA Training Institute
The ABM Planning, Training, and DCA Liaison Committees, as well as the national office staff, have all been hard at work planning what will sure to be a fabulous experience in beautiful Orlando, FL. This year’s activities will include a full day DCA Training Institute that will include topics of interest as suggested by DCA’s as well as some really fun activities.

Are you interested in receiving notifications for evening get-togethers and activities? You may sign up through a web browser or by sending a text message. Follow the instructions for your prefered method:

Sign-up for individual notifications by sending a text message
  • Text @abm-mon to 81010
  • Text @abm-tues to 81010
  • Text @abm-wed to 81010
To sign-up for individual notifications through a web browser It will be so nice to see everyone face to face in just a few short weeks!

+ Tip of the Quarter +
By Julie Lohman

Tip of the Quarter with Julie Lohman, Virginia DCAIn this section, we will be highlighting helpful advice related to an ICOTS process, dashboard report, or other Compact activity. If you have suggested topics or tips, please contact Julie Lohman, VA DCA at julie.lohman@vadoc.virginia.gov.

+ We See You! +
By Margaret Thompson

We see you! with Margaret Thompson, Pennsylvania Probation DCAWANTED: News about people who deserve KUDOS
Do you work with someone you would like to recognize for their ongoing dedication, showing great leadership during a crisis, is a positive example for others, contributes to their community, etc.? We would like to shine a light on those who work in the trenches and give them some national recognition through this newsletter. This is different from a ‘Spirit Sighting’ which is usually submitted for an isolated incident where someone goes above and beyond. We want news about your office employee who is a wonderful hard worker or someone from your field who is always assisting in the training of new ICOTS users or the prosecutor who regularly assists your office in obtaining warrants or explaining the compact rules to the court. Those are the people we would like to showcase here. Please submit the name of the individual/s, their title or role and a brief story about what makes them outstanding to Margaret Thompson, mthompson@pa.gov.

+ Comings and Goings +
By Simona Hammond

DCA changes with Simona Hammond, Iowa DCAThis section of the newsletter will introduce newly appointed DCAs, Commissioners and other compact staff, including their biographical information and photos. It will also provide updates on the departures of current DCAs/Commissioners/Compact staff. Information regarding newly appointed or departed DCAs/Commissioners/Compact staff can be sent to Simona Hammond, simona.hammond@iowa.gov.

+ Regional Reports +
By Natalie Latulippe

This section of the newsletter will provide regional updates. The Region DCA Chairs will provide updates of what is happening in their region. This will be a good way for regions to stay connected nationwide. Please contact your Region Chair if you would like to have information included in this section. Region Chairs, please submit any additional information to Natalie Latulippe at: Natalie.Latulippe@jud.ct.gov.

+ Report of the Quarter +
By Matt Billinger

We will be working to help State’s better utilize the reports available in the ICAOS Dashboards. This will include user management, creating email listings, overdue reports, and up to date compliance reports. We will try to showcase reports that can be beneficial, and also explain how to pull those reports into excel. If you have any suggestions or questions please contact DCA Matt Billinger, matthew.billinger@ks.gov.
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