Weekly Update January 26, 2018

WEEK IN BRIEF - 2018 legislative session

Georgia legislators were not in session today--Monday will begin the 11th day of the 40-day 2018 session.

The House Juvenile Justice Committee met  this week on Thursday, January 25.  On the agenda were Agency Presentations from the Child Fatality Review Panel, Ginger Pryor, Interim Director, Division of Family & Children Services, Youth Villages (Tanya Anderson, TG member presented), Empowerment Resource Center Georgia, and Voices for Georgia’s Children Update on Children Mental Health. (archived video)  (PowerPoint: GBI Child Fatality Review 2016  & DFCS presentation)

An amended version of the adoption bill, HB 159 passed the Senate on January 18 and was transmitted back to the House. Debate continued this week. Stripped from the 2018 proposal is the 'religious freedom' clause that was added in 2017. (AJC: Ga. Senate OKs adoption bill)

The House Appropriations Human Resources Subcommittee met on Monday to review the Amended FY 2018 budgets of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Human Services, including the Division of Families and Children Services. (archived video)  The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, which administers the Juvenile Justice Incentive Grants,  presented at the House Appropriations Public Safety meeting.  (archived video) Released in November was the Georgia Juvenile Justice Incentive Grants Year Four Evaluation Report 2016-2017.

As part of the continuing resolution that passed the US Senate on Monday, CHIP funding is extended for an additional six years. (https://www.kff.org/medicaid/fact-sheet/summary-of-the-2018-chip-funding-extension/)

TG legislative matrix 1.26.2018 - please forward to us bills you would like to include in the matrix. 



Daily Update January 24, 2018 -  Individual Development Accounts for Youth
Daily Update January 23, 2018  - Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Workforce Report
Daily Update Jan 22, 2018 - Legislative Monday


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 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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