Weekly Update January 20, 2017

2017 Together Georgia Day at the Capitol

photo album

Together Georgia members participated in the 2017 Together Georgia Day January 18 at the Capitol. Although the House and the Senate were not in session, key legislators were on site for the House Appropriations Committee hearing, which included Department leaders. Providers experienced 'face time' with DHS Commissioner Robyn Crittenden, DFCS Deputy Ginger Pryor, and DFCS Office of Legislative Affairs, Ashley Fielding. TG leaders had opportunity for targeted discussions with Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, Rep. Andy Welch, Rep. Pat Gardner, Rep. Katie Dempsey, and others. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver received special recognition for receiving the 2016 GCCF Distinguished Leader Award.  Rep. Mathiac expressed interest in our work and indicated that she is an adoptive parent; Rep. Bazemore shared her experience growing up in a family that adopted eight children, the first four of whom were a sibling group. Every House and Senate legislator received an invitation that included information about Together Georgia and a list of all TG member agencies. It was a productive and meaningful day.  Thank you to all who participated!  

THE ASK: Legislation in 2016 resulted in some procedural changes that affected RBWO providers.   DFCS and DJJ signed an MOU to change the licensing and contracting processes for RBWO providers. In addition,  RCCL has been coordinating annual inspections with DFCS and DJJ--a number of providers have experienced this new process. DFCS also hired staff to coordinate administrative appeals of licensing and contracting evaluations.  Representative Welch would like to hear from the residential providers. Your input is needed ASAP - we will forward responses to Rep. Welch next week.  Please link here to respond https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2TSBKMX

link to view TG 2017 Legislative Watch 


​---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: Ron Scroggy <ron.scroggy@gahsc.org>
Date: Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 8:04 AM
Subject: Member Survey – Help Us Serve You

Good morning,

For 50 years, Together Georgia has continued to play a critical role in the wellbeing of Georgia’s children and families by building capacity and strengthening connections among service providers across the state. We couldn’t do it without the commitment and partnership of our members.

As we enter the new year, we wanted to reach out to see how we can provide additional value to your organization—from day-to-day operations to developing long-term strategies. Please help us support you by completing this brief 10-question survey by Wednesday, January 4th.

We appreciate your time and unique insights, especially in this busy holiday season.

click here to see suvey results


Provider Watch January 20, 2017  - Historic DeKalb Children's Home Decides to Sell 
Daily Update January 19, 2017 - Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant three year report
TG notice January 18, 2017 - Youth Leadership Academy



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.  By the nature of their work, child welfare professionals are at particular risk for developing secondary traumatic stress symptoms. This session examines the causes of secondary trauma, its effects on staff, treatment methods for working with clients to address their trauma responses, and more. 

Leadership Development for Midlevel Managers
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 10:00am - 2:00pm  
Program Description: Mid-level managers and supervisors are often faced with leadership challenges related to changing roles and responsibilities. Participants will explore and practice leadership skills designed to assist them through this transition.

Presenters: David Meyers, MSW & Brendan Leahy, Ed.D.
Location: United Methodist Children's Home, 500 S. Columbia Dr, Decatur 30030

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

Child Welfare Training Collaborative
Trauma 101: Understanding Child Trauma and Child Traumatic Stress - multiple dates - click here to view calendar


Febuary 9 & 10 -   GALAA Conference (Georgia Association of Licensed Adoption Agencies) link to brochure
April 25 & 26 -  Annual Executive Retreat, WinShape
October 25-27 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families, Augusta - website: www.georgiachild.org

Member Calendar - http://togetherga.net/index.php/events/list-by-month/month.calendar/2016/06/27/- 


YouthToday Grants - click here to see available grants on website 
Grant Station Insider  - Volume XV | Issue 24 | June 16, 2016


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 user name and password that was previously provided to member agency directors. (User name 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. )

An email newsletter as a public service Editor