The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)

Free Online Training for Legal Professionals<>

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)<> just launched an enhanced and updated online tutorial for legal professionals! The purpose of this course is to improve legal professionals’ understanding of best practices for serving families affected by substance use disorders. This tutorial provides legal professionals with knowledge of alcohol and drug addiction and its impact on parenting; engagement strategies for families affected by substance use disorders; the substance use disorder treatment and recovery process; serving children whose parents have substance use disorders; and cross-system communication and collaboration between substance abuse treatment, child welfare and court system

This course is designed to help legal professionals:

1.    Understand how substance use disorders are developed and how substance use affects parenting.

2.    Know key steps to take when substance use is identified as a factor in a child abuse or neglect case.

3.    Understand strategies that motivate families to engage in treatment for substance use disorders.

4.    Understand treatment approaches for substance use disorders.

5.    Learn ways to help parents secure appropriate treatment for the benefit of children and families.

6.    Recognize the importance of addressing co-occurring conditions.

7.    Consider the special needs of children whose parents are struggling with substance use disorders.

8.    Use strategies and resources to assist families in the child welfare system that are grappling with substance use disorders.

9.    Use strategies and resources that support collaboration with treatment counselors and child welfare professionals.

Continuing Legal Education credit may be available through your state Bar Association. Contact your state for details on submitting a certificate of completion of on-line courses for CLE credits. To take this free online course, please click here<>.

Extension of Time to File – YouTube

  YouTube: Extension of Time to File

This new IRS YouTube video explains how to get more time to file your clients’ tax returns.

Information Posted about DEC’s New Approach for Clean Water Plans

DEC is implementing a new approach to addressing the water quality issues in identified lakes, rivers and streams on the Section 303(d) List of Impaired Waters. This new approach is described in a document just posted to DEC’s website entitled, the Vision Approach to Implement Clean Water Act 303(d) Program and Clean Water Planning (PDF, 832 KB). This document describes New York’s adaptive strategy to prioritize waterbodies for the development of clean water plans based on the state’s identified priority concerns: nutrients, pathogens and public use. For more information about clean water plans, visit DEC’s Clean Water Plans webpage.

Clearwaters Column on Wastewater Infrastructure Funding

A column about wastewater infrastructure funding written by DEC Deputy Commissioner for Water Resources James Tierney is now available on the Columns by DEC Staff Appearing in Clearwaters webpage. The column discusses several state and federal wastewater infrastructure funding opportunities. This column was originally published in this spring’s issue of Clearwaters magazine.

IRS Webinar–TE/GE Worker Classification: Employee or Independent Contractor?

Watch this free webcast about TE/GE Worker Classification: Employee or Independent Contractor? 

When: May 12, 2016; 2 p.m. (Eastern) 

How: Register for this event. You will use the same link to attend the event. 

Learn about: 

  • Why this matters
  • How to recognize Control Factors
  • Benefits of Voluntary Compliance
  • How the Form SS-8 can help

Casetext’s New Features Help You More Easily Get to the Essence of Case – Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites

by Robert Ambrogi


Casetext is on a journey. And it just took another big step along the path.

The journey is to develop a free legal research platform that is as robust and useful as a paid site. The big step is a new case-reading page that adds features that make it easier to quickly understand what a case is about, whether the case is important, and why.

Casetext launched the new features on March 23. Now, when you read a case on Casetext, the page includes several elements that enable you to quickly get to the nub of the case and discover how other courts and commentators viewed the case. These elements are set forth more fully here.

Drug Disposal Information – National Take-Back Initiative

Drug Enforcement Administration to Collect Prescription Drugs

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will conduct a nationwide prescription drug collection on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Properly disposing of drugs keeps them out of our lakes, streams and rivers. Collections will be held at many locations around New York and are the best way to dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Collection locations in New York can be found on DEA’s National Take Back Initiative webpage.

Locate a Collection Site Near You

Law Enforcement Agencies Only

For law enforcement agencies that wish to host a collection site please call the POC in your area.

Partnership Toolbox

Download posters, handouts and other materials to promote National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Drug Disposal Information

News Releases

The best iOS apps for taking notes with Apple Pencil + iPad Pro | 9to5Mac

Chance Miller – 2 days ago  @ChanceHMiller


I was skeptical of the Apple Pencil when it was first announced, as I assumed it would just be the same as the tacky styluses third-parties had been making for years, but after using it I’ve realized just how wrong I was. The thing that I noticed very early on in my time with the Apple Pencil though, was how crazy good the palm rejection is. Writing with an Apple Pencil on an iPad Pro is nearly as easy as writing on actual paper. As a student, this is a huge factor for me when it comes to note taking, so I decided to dive a little deeper into the apps on iOS that are made for taking notes and are optimized for iPad Pro. Here are some of the ones I would recommend…


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