Weekly Update January 19, 2018

Together Georgia Advocates


An attorney is often called an advocate.  As a practicing attorney I sometimes found myself having to advocate for someone or something I did not necessarily believe in or support. I am sure most attorneys will tell you they have done the same. Yet, that is not the case for me in my role as the Executive Director of Together Georgia. For, I do believe in you and advocating for you and the amazing work you do with Georgia’s most vulnerable families and children is a privilege and an honor. That has been true as I have traveled with our lobbyists and others and advocated for the Rate Increase.

 As you know Governor Deal did put in his budget a 2.5% Rate Increase. While we are all happy that the increase is in his budget, we are disappointed that it is not the almost 7% that DFACS included in their budget request and certainly lower than the amount for which we have been advocating. SO, now is the time that we all must be ADVOCATES for Together Georgia. I truly believe that all of us working together and all of us advocating with the same message can result in a greater Rate Increase!! So, I am calling all of you to action for Together Georgia!!!

Look at your Boards, your supporters, your friends.  Who in those groups know legislators to whom we can reach out. We have materials that include talking points we can provide to you and I and/or Stan and Helen can meet with you and any legislator to advocate for our Rate Increase. Please before you reach out to a legislator let us know so we can make sure we are all sending the same message and also keep up with whom we have reached. It will take all of us working together to get this done but I know we can do it.

 I know there are other legislative issues we will be addressing for Together Georgia and hope you will let us know about any that may arise that we do not know about. We will let you know as we hear about the status of those bills. Carolyn will also be sending you information throughout the Session on all the Bills which directly impact our members and Child Welfare in Georgia. There are always lots of moving parts to legislation and how it does or does not get passed. This being an election year everyone believes the legislators will be eager to move this Session along as quickly as possible. Of course only time will tell if that will happen.  Again, it is my honor and privilege to be Together Georgia’s Advocate. I promise to take every opportunity that arises to advocate for you. As a loyal Georgia Bulldawg I will quote one of my now favorite people Coach Kirby Smart, we have to just “Keep Chopping and get the job done”…..that should certainly insure that we are successful in getting the Rate Increase you so deserve!!!!



Week in brief: in spite of the snow this week, legislators were active at the Capitol.  Joint Budget Hearings were held on Tuesday and there were a number of appropriation committee meetings scheduled, most of which were canceled due to the weather.  Thursday, Katie Dempsey presided the Joint Block Grant Public Hearing to receive public comment on the use of five Human Services Block Grants: Community Mental Health Block Grant,Community Services Block Grant, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Block Grant, Social Services Block Grant, Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant--no one signed up to speak in person. Public comment may also be provided via written comment. The Senate passed an adoption bill that will now go to House Speaker for review. (AJC: Ga. Senate OKs adoption bill) 

Legislation of interest to Family Support Services providers is still under development. This would impact the way in which DFCS contracts with support service providers. 

At the federal level, debate continues around the budget. The House passed a proposal, which includes extension of CHIP funding, and is now being debated in the Senate. A shutdown of the federal government is looming if they do not come to an agreement by midnight.  (AJC: House votes to avert federal shutdown)

Georgia 2018 legislative session Day 6  legislative matrix 1.19.2018 - please forward to us bills you would like to include in the matrix. 


Member Update January 19, 2018 - 100-Year-Old Hephzibah Ministries Announces Bold Redesign
Daily Update January 18, 2018 - Annual Prom-A-Palooza February 18th, 2018
Daily Update January 17, 2018 - An adoption bill that Deal will chew over
Training and Conference Update January 16, 2018 - Effective Teams and Collaboration



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/-


Effective Teams and Collaboration

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

Effective Teams and Collaboration
Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 10:00am - 2:00pm  
Program Description: Working together is crucial to ensure the best outcomes for children in care. This interactive session will help participants identify their personal styles, understand how their work preferences may impact others, and identify methods to improve professional and client relationships.
Presenters: David Meyers, MSW & Brendan Leahy, Ed.D.
Location: Youth Villages/Inner Harbor, 4685 Dorsett Road, Douglasville, GA 30135
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:

3/29 - Leadership Development for Midlevel Managers
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
►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. )


Together Georgia
 corporate sponsors/partners improve services and can save your agency thousands of dollars annually. click here to review.

An email newsletter as a public service Editor   

Our MISSION: Together Georgia is a preeminent voice in Georgia's child and family welfare policy-making.

Our VISION: Together Georgia will ensure that member organizations are equipped to serve those that their missions are tied to through distributing emerging data as well as by collaborating with key government figures and pertinent decision makers