Weekly Update March 9, 2018

End of Session Nearing


As I write this on Sunday evening, I am encouraged that tomorrow is March 5 th which is the thirtieth day which means we are closing in on the end of the Session. At the same time, I am discouraged that we still have not seen the 2019 Budget proposed by the House and am waiting to see what is in there as to our requests for a Rate Increase both for Private Providers and Private Foster Care Families. Once we do know, we can begin our work in the Senate. I also find myself discouraged that we could not get the Amendment regarding “streamlined purchasing” out of the Senate Committee. I along with our lobbyists and DFACS legislative folks work so hard make that happen but at the same time I am encouraged that there is an alternative plan which will make this happen.

While the legislative process is at times frustrating, I am more than encouraged that we have great leadership from our Lobbyists, wonderful willing members of Together Georgia who will drop everything and come to the Capitol to testify and advocate for the Bills which directly impact our members and that we have a partnership with those at the Capitol for DFACS who we are helping and who are helping us. So we will keep on keeping on as we work hard on the “streamlined purchasing” and the Rate Increase which are both a priority. We are also focused on the National Child Welfare scene and how the Family First Act will impact Georgia’s Providers. Everyone is looking closely at this Act including DFACS, and we have been promised by Interim Director Ginger Pryor and her leadership that Providers will be part of their conversation as to what their decision will be about the Family First Act. We are committed to providing you with the best and most up to date information about the Act as we receive it.

So far 2018 has been an interesting and challenging year both in Georgia and nationally. Both will be addressed at this year’s Executive Retreat on April 24 th and 25 th . If you have not been to the Jekyll Island Westin you are in for a treat. It is a beautiful new hotel right by the ocean which is a wonderful setting to meet and hear from State and National speakers including those who lead DFACS, DJJ, DBHDD and DCH. The agenda will also include information from your Board on how Together Georgia’s membership will work together to become stronger as we address the ever changing landscape of Child Welfare. All of that and also time for you to meet and network with State Welfare Leaders and Providers from throughout our State. It will be my first Executive Retreat and I am so looking forward to hopefully seeing All of you there!!

WEEK IN BRIEF - 2018 legislative session

The big news this week is passage in the House of  the FY19 budget HB 648  by a vote of 155/14--it will now be transmitted to the Senate. Linked is the House tracking sheet which includes line items. Of high interest to providers are the rate increases. 
28.14.1 Increase funds for growth in Out-of-Home Care utilization.
28.14.3 Reflect a $2.50 increase for child placement agency (CPA) foster parent per diem rates. (H:Reflect a $3.75 increase for child placement agency (CPA) foster parent per diem rates.) 
[In the FY 18 budget the DFCS foster parents received a per diem increase of  $10. CPA foster parents were to receive the same increase in two installments: $5.00 in FY 18 and $5.00 in FY 19.  The Governor's FY 19 budget included only $2.50. The House increased this to $3.75. We hope the Senate will increase the rate by an additional  $1.25 to achieve the full $5.00 as promised to the foster parents.] 

28.14.4 Increase funds for child caring institution (CCI) per diem rates by 2.5 percent. 
28.14.6 Increase funds for child placement agency (CPA) administrative costs by 2.5 percent.
[The RBWO rate increases remain from the House as proposed in the Governor's budget]

Remaining 2018 legislative calendar:

Monday, March 12 - convene for legislative day 33
Tuesday, March 13 - committee work day
Wednesday, March 14 - convene for legislative day 34
Thursday, March 15 - convene for legislative day 35
Monday, March 19 - convene for legislative day 36
Tuesday, March 20 - committee work day
Wednesday, March 21 - convene for legislative day 37
Thursday, March 22 - committee work day
Friday, March 23 - convene for legislative day 38
Tuesday, March 27 - convene for legislative day 39
Thursday, March 29 - convene for legislative day 40

TG Legislative matrix 03.09.2018 

Family First Prevention Service Act  - HR 1892 - FFPSA provisions on pages 107-206

(Georgia has not yet determined how the FFPSA will be implemented in our state.) 


Training Update March 5, 2018 -  Leadership Development for Mid-level Managers
Conference Watch - March 6, 2018 Call for Presentations
Daily Update March 8, 2018 -  Accreditation for residential programs
Daily Update March 7, 2018 -  FY19 Budget & Proposed Rate Increase

Daily Update March 6, 2018 - Deal signs adoption reforms into law

April 24 & 25 - Westin, Jekyll Island

This year’s Executive Retreat will be one of the most important in ten years!

Introduction of the Family First Preservation Services Act will impact the way in which we approach delivery of services to children and families. In addition, this year Georgia will elect a new governor with priorities and a vision for child welfare to which we will need to prepare. National and state thought leaders are invited to dialogue with Together Georgia members as we explore the potential impact of change in leadership, policies, and practice. We will also look at national initiatives around reframing of social services and business models. This retreat is our premier opportunity to network with Together Georgia members and collaboratives.  We invite you and your senior staff to come and share your ideas on how we can be better partner for the sake of Georgia’s children and families.

Invited Guests

  • National Presenter: Susan Dreyfus, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
  • State Leaders:
    Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner, Judy Fitzgerald
    Department of Community Health Commissioner, Frank Berry
    Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner, Avery Niles
    Division of Family and Children Services Director, Virginia Pryor
  • Care Management Organizations: Representatives from Amerigroup, CareSource, Peach State (Cenpatico), and WellCare representatives
  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Stan Jones and Helen Sloat (TG lobbyists)

Registration fee:  $100 attendee $175 exhibitor link to registration 

Hotel Room Reservation: $189 online reservation or by phone 1-888-627-8316 (Identify with event, Together Georgia Executive Retreat)
CUT-OFF date for making reservations in the block is March 27. Also, space is limited. Please make your reservations ASAP. .


Tuesday, April 24 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm                
Annual Membership Meeting (refreshments provided)
State of the Association
Provider Innovations (workgroup updates)
National Public Policy Update
Networking Reception

Wednesday April 25 8:30 am- noon
Legislative Update
State Updates
Closing Keynote  - Susan Dreyfus, The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities


►next week March 13 10AM Faith-based Chapter meeting at Georgia Baptist Children's Home
►next week March 13 12PM CCI Chapter meeting at Georgia Baptist Children's Home
►next week March 14 Called Board meeting 
►next week March 15  10AM Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter meeting at Family Ties

April 24 TG Board Meeting and Annual Membership Meeting (in tandem with the Executive Retreat at Jekyll Island)

Member Calendar - https://togetherga.net/index.php/events/list-by-month/month.calendar/2018/03/01/-


Leadership Development for Mid- level Managers

Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development offers the following training.  

Leadership Development for Midlevel Managers

Tuesday , Thursday March 29, 2018, 10:00am - 2:00pm  
Program Description: In family and child-serving organizations, mid-level managers and supervisors are often faced with leadership challenges related to changing roles and responsibilities as they move away from direct service positions. Participants will explore and practice leadership skills designed to assist them through this transition.

Presenters: David Meyers, MSW & Brendan Leahy, Ed.D.
Location: Department of Labor Offices, 221 S. Ashley Street, Valdosta, GA  

Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email office@gahsc.org to request code.)  link to registration 
Contact office@gahsc.org

Mark your 2018 calendar for additional training topics:

4/19 - Leadership for Frontline Staff
5/23 - Effective Supervision
8/21 - Working with LGBTQ youth
9/18 - Working in a Multigenerational Workplace
11/1 -  Telemental Health
12/4 - Autism Spectrum


Georgia Conference on Children and Families 
October 17-19, 2018 - Marriott Augusta
►new Conference Watch - March 6, 2018 Call for Presentations


2018 TG/Fanning training
Archived:  TG Salary Survey:  The 2016 survey is now closed.  Click here to view results (You will need to download the document and open it to view all of the columns.)


Please note Together Georgia has a Job Bank to which TG members may post notices on the website at www.togetherga.net.   The system is new and members will need to log in with username and password that was previously provided to member agency directors. (Username is the first initial and last name of agency director; password, if forgotten may be reset - reset will go to the agency director's inbox. )


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