March 6, 2024 | Domestic Violence Series | Introduction to Maine DOC Victim Services

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Description

March 6, 2024 | 1:00-2:30pm | 1.5 Contact Hours |  Zoom

Description:
Learn to collaborate with DOC Victim Services and refer victims for assistance with corrections-related issues, including notification, restitution, VOD, CDVIP, and post-conviction release and safety planning.

Objectives:
• Identify eligibility for receiving DOC victim services
• Understand DOC victim notification requests to assist victims
• Refer victims who wish to request a victim impact dialogue

About the Presenter

Tessa Mosher
Tessa Mosher (Director, Maine Department of Corrections Office of Victim Services) is responsible for victim notification, certification of the Maine Batterer Intervention Programs, and overseeing the MDOC Office of Victim Services. Duties include oversight of the victim services restitution program to ensure timely payments to crime victims, assistance in harassment complaints at MDOC facilities, oversight of victim safety planning meetings and victim notification prior to sex offender and domestic violence offender releases, and obtainment of input from and advocation for victims whose offenders are applying for supervised community confinement and furloughs. Tessa assisted in implementing the MDOC Domestic Violence program, updated media and funeral/deathbed policies to include the victim’s voice, and advocated for statute change to include victims with a protection from abuse order. She developed a victim-friendly guide to the Maine Court-ordered restitution to assist victims in the collection of restitution. She is a member of the Maine Victim Witness Advocates Association, the board of the National Association of Victim Services Professionals in Corrections, the child death and serious injury review panel, the Maine domestic violence and sexual assault commission, the Maine homicide review panel, the interstate compact on juveniles, the interstate compact on adults, and the restorative justice council. Tessa is an appointed member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group and Victims’ Compensation Board. Most recently, she was appointed to the Juvenile Justice Task Force. She has received the Guiding Light award from the Sexual Assault Crisis and Support Center. Tessa has worked with victims of crime for over 20 years between her experience as a Victim Witness Advocate and her advocacy at the DOC. She has a Criminal Justice degree, and a wide range of knowledge and experience within the criminal justice system and victim advocacy.

Contact Hours

1.5 contact hours for Nurses (CNE) CCSME is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (Approved provider #4002961)
1.5 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1.5 contact hours for CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
Certificate of attendance for 1.5 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professionals.
1.5 contact hours for Alcohol & Drug Counselors pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.