Weekly Update March 23, 2018

Another Day, Another Deadline

1) Monday is the last day to receive your discounted hotel room rate for the upcoming Executive Retreat in Jekyll Island. If you have not yet made your reservation, please take advantage of the discount no later than Monday.  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)

2) Also looming is the Foster Caregiver of the Year Award nomination. Foster Caregivers will be recognized at the 3rd Annual Foster Caregiver of the Year Award Luncheon hosted by the DFCS Caregiver Recruitment and Retention Unit (CRRU)  during National Foster Care Month in May. (You may have received a notice via email message with a different due date.) Please note, applications are due through member association agencies--we will need your application submitted to Together Georgia no later than March 29. Please use the following link to apply https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CDHW85P

3) Last and definitely not least is the final day of the 2018 session scheduled for next Thursday, March 29, 2018. Sine Die!

WEEK IN BRIEF - 2018 legislative session

HB 684
FY 2019 Budget
The Senate Appropriations Committee recommendations raised the proposed RBWO provider rate increase from 2.5% to 2.6%. They also raised the House proposed per diem increase for CPA foster parents from @$3.75 to $3.85. (HB684 - Full Bill as posted 3/21/18) The vote in Senate today passed HB 684 by substitute 52/0. The Senate immediately transmitted the bill to the House. The Senate and House budget leaders will have to reach agreement on a final version of the bill. 

HB 853
RTF education funding
The Senate Education and Youth Committee passed HB 853 which addresses State appropriation for education in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility. The bill extends coverage to include placement by a parent or legal guardian pursuant to a physician's order. The bill was amended to require MOUs with local districts to be reviewed/renewed every two years. HB 853 version LC337466S passed the committee as amended on March 23.

HB 740 
School suspension
This bill would prohibit (with certain exceptions) schools from suspending students in preschool through third grade for more than five days without first entering the student into the Response to Intervention program.  The bill passed the House by substitute on February 14 and passed the Senate by substitute on March 21.

HB 972
Connected By 21

This is a “blended” bill—two bills were merged into one: HB 972 (Rep. Wendell Willard) and HB 927 (Rep. Chad Nimmer).  Rep. Willard’s portion of the bill allows DFCS to offer extended care services to youth in foster care between the ages of 18 – 21. Rep. Nimmer’s portion of the bill requires the Division of Family and Children Services to provide certain information to a caregiver, foster parent, pre-adoptive parent, or relative no later than 30 days after placement of a child. The House passed the original version of the bill on Feb. 28; the Senate Health and Human Services Committee passed a substitute version on March 14. It now needs to make it to the Senate floor.

Remaining 2018 legislative calendar:

Tuesday, March 27 - convene for legislative day 39
Thursday, March 29 - convene for legislative day 40

TG Legislative matrix 03.23.2018 

Watching DC

At the federal level, this week the House and Senate Appropriations released a spending bill. The Senate still need to vote on the omnibus. The Senate must agree by unanimous consent to pass the House bill before midnight tonight, which would then then close out the FY18 (through September 20, 2018).

Significant resources are being sent to states to address the opioid crisis. Funding includes increase of $60 million for child abuse prevention and treatment programs (CAPTA) and increase of $40 million for mental health and substance use prevention and treatment for children and families in the foster care and child welfare systems.

The Kinship Navigator Programs will receive additional funding to support compliance with the FFPSA.

Not addressed were the DACA, ACA Marketplace Stabilization and fix for the charitable tax deduction.  This bill also does not include language to repeal the Johnson Amendment.

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.) 


Member Update March 23, 2018 - Woman's legacy endures at Murphy-Harpsts Children's Centers
Daily Update March 22, 2018 - Event for families impacted by incarceration 4/13/18
Daily Update March 20, 2018 - Youth Work to Rejoin  Local Communities

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)
► next week 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


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

►next week 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
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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