Weekly Update January 12, 2018

FY 2019 Governor's Budget Report

The 2018 legislative session began on Monday and Governor Deal delivered his State of the State address on Thursday of this week. The Governor also released his budget recommendations to the General Assembly which include  a 2.5% increase to RBWO providers and increases to foster parent per diems.  


 Out-of-Home Care

 Purpose: The purpose of this appropriation is to provide safe and appropriate temporary homes for children removed from their families    
               due  to neglect, abuse, or abandonment.

 Recommended Change:

 1. Increase funds for growth in Out-of-Home Care utilization. (Total Funds: $17,362,915)                                           $15,104,050

 2. Reflect a $2.50 per day increase for relative foster care rates.                                                                                     7,462,425

 3. Reflect a $2.50 increase for child placement agency (CPA) foster parent per diem rates. (Total Funds:
    $3,073,300)                                                                                                                                                                  2,673,464

 4. Increase funds for child caring institution (CCI) per diem rates by 2.5 percent. (Total Funds: $2,789,593)                  2,426,667

 5. Increase funds to reflect a reduction in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) from 68.50% to
   67.62%. (Total Funds: $0)                                                                                                                                                 289,288

 6. Increase funds for child placement agency (CPA) administrative costs by 2.5 percent. (Total Funds:
    $1,346,079)                                                                                                                                                                  1,170,954

 Total Change                                                                                                                                                               $29,126,848

Link to full report  

Over the last few years, our Association has worked on securing rate increases for providers.  Last spring, we again approached Bobby Cagle about a rate increase, focusing on 12% for providers based on a study conducted in 2016 by DFCS. After meetings with DFCS, the Governor’s Office, the Office of Planning and Budget and many lawmakers, an initial rate increase of 7% was included in the DFCS budget proposal which we understood to have been sent to the Office of Planning and Budget.  Yesterday, Governor Deal outlined his budget priorities for the FY 2018 Amended and FY 2019 years.  In his FY 2019 budget, it proposes a 2.5% rate increase for CPAs administrative costs and for CCIs.  While this is positive news, it is not what providers had hoped. Together Georgia will continue its efforts to secure the 7% rate increase originally proposed in the FY 2019 budget proposal.  Additionally, the anticipated $5.00 rate increase for CPA foster parents that would have created per diem rate parity with DFCS foster parents was halved in the proposal with an addition of only $2.50 per day included.  Together Georgia will vigorously advocate for rate parity for all foster parents.

Your continued advocacy is needed.  If you would like to know how you can help, contact Juanita Steadman at juanita@togetherga.net or by phone at (678) 570-8831.   Members will also have the opportunity to meet face to face with at the 2018 Together Georgia Day at the Capitol scheduled January 30.  TG members are encouraged to participate and set up exhibits. (see details below under TG Events). We also anticipate forthcoming legislation that could impact family support services. Please let us know of specific bills that you would like us to track via our 2018 legislative matrix, which we plan to roll out next week. 


Daily Update January 10, 2018 - The Office of the Child Advocate monthly newsletter
Daily Update January 8, 2018 - Georgia legislative session begins January 8 at 10 a.m.
Daily Update January 9, 2018 - Too Much Data? Illinois Abandons System Meant to Predict Child Abuse


January 18 Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter
January 23 CCI Chapter
January 23 Faith-based Affinity Group

January 30, 2018 
exhibit space is available
 for TG members
registration required https://www.regonline.com/TGday20180130

April 24, 2018 - TG Board meeting
April 24 & 25 - Annual Executive Retreat

Member Calendar - https://togetherga.net/index.php/events/list-by-month/month.calendar/2017/06/01/-


Georgia Conference on Children and Families 
October 17-19, 2018 - Marriott Augusta
►now available - see early sign up for sponsorships at http://www.georgiachild.org//2018/gccfsponsorship2018.htm


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 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. )


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