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Professionals who treat and research sexual offenders have considerable insight to offer society. Their expertise enhances our understanding of the problem, as well as fostering the most effective treatment and management of offenders in the community. To ensure that this critical information reaches the public and those people who make key decisions,  ATSA's  Public Policy Committee (PPC) assists the Board of Directors of ATSA and ATSA members in identifying and monitoring sex offender treatment and management policy trends, issues and concerns. It assists the Board and members in analyzing how public policy trends could affect practitioners in the field and how individual ATSA members can contribute to the discussions on policy. In addition, the PPC provides information and recommendations to our membership, other agencies, and private or public policy bodies. The PPC makes every effort to stay current on policy changes and to update this site accordingly. Viewers should note, however, that there might be a lag time as policy can change rapidly.

The committee has a strategic plan, stemming from the ATSA strategic plan, that guides their work throughout the year. The committee provides the following:

  1. Policy Papers and Fact Sheets

    •  ATSA offers Policy Papers and Fact Sheets current to specific issues. These statements can be used to guide decision making and policy debates in administrative offices and in state and national legislatures.
    • Policy Papers provide more in-depth exploration of a specific sex offender treatment and management policy, highlighting various positions related to a specific policy and summarizing the research informing the policy. 
    • Fact Sheets provide a brief overview of facts related to a specific sex offender treatment and management policy, and are intended to provide general information related to a topic.
  2. Public Policy Briefs

    • The ATSA Public Policy Briefs have been created for use by members of the media, policymakers and the members of their staffs, sex offender treatment and management personnel, and others who would like to know more about topics key to the successful management of adult sexual offenders. Each policy brief consists of (a) a two-page overview highlighting key points on a particular topic, (b) a short bibliography related to the topic, and (c) links to some key research articles available for download from the ATSA website.
  3. Legislative and Court Responses

    • ATSA occasionally provides input on sex offender treatment and management legislation and court cases.  This input is utilized to assist lawmakers and  courts in making decisions on these difficult topics by providing research and information pertinent to the topic.
  4. International Public Policy Resources

    • Though the PPC focuses primarily on U.S. policy, the PPC is working with the international membership of ATSA to identify relevant resources for international sex offender treatment and management policy issues in other countries.

Contacts:

Coordinator of Public Affairs: Katie Gotch, katie@atsa.com

ATSA Public Policy Committee Co-Chairs:
     Jill S. Levenson, Ph.D., M.S.W., jsljwm@bellsouth.net
     Christopher Lobanov-Rostovsky, M.S.W., chris.lobanov-rostovsky@cdps.state.co.us

ATSA Executive Director: Maia Christopher, maia@atsa.com