Weekly Update March 30, 2018

The Power of Youth


EmpowerMEnt youth worked the ropes this year and were in the House of Representatives galley late into the night to see legislators pass via Conference Committee Report (CCR). EmpowerMEnt youth in support of CB21 were recognized as they watched proceedings from the galley. Together Georgia Executive Director received the following appreciation from EmpowerMEnt: "There are just not enough words of thanks for Judge Stedman oh my goodness, like our CB21 guardian angel!!!"

Rep. Katie Dempsey representing the Conference Committee Report (CCR) on HB 906 moved that the House adopt the CCR on HB 906. The clerk read the CCR that recommends that the Senate and House of Representatives will both recede from their positions and that the Committee’s of Conference substitute to HB 906 be adopted.

Rep. Dempsey reported that the CCR involves three bills that have already passed the House relating to DFCS.

The first bill, HB 972, which addresses CB21, passed the House and would give the state federal funding for extended youth services allowing DFCS to provide foster care services to youth who have aged out of foster care up to age 21.

HB 906 would allow to make changes to the legislative and judicial branch to allow getting documents and information by request. One eliminates exemptions to requests and the other portion to protect the names of foster parents, their personal information just the same way that we protect our state employees’ information. 

HB 927 is a bill authored by Rep. Nimmer which passed the House unanimously. This measure ensures that necessary information will be given to a child’s foster or adoptive family such as medical and court related information as quickly as possible if not immediately.

Vote to adopt CCR on HB 906:
House 169/0
Senate 52/0

WEEK IN BRIEF - 2018 legislative session

HB 684
FY 2019 Budget
full document:
tracking document:

HB 853
RTF education funding
This bill addresses State appropriation for education in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility. The Senate broadened language to ensure it includes any child that is there whether in a home study, private school or out-of-state studen if sent by a physician's order from a parent. The Senate also amended the bill to require MOUs with local districts to be reviewed/renewed every two years. The House on March 29 agreed to the Senate substitue by a vote of 172/0.

The last day of the 2018 legislative session concluded just after midnight last night. The change in rhetoric is pronounced the last minutes approaching midnight: "It's a good bill; vote for it." 

Sine Die!

TG Legislative matrix 03.30.2018

►forthcoming Our lobbyist Stan Jones and legislative consultant Helen Sloat are scheduled to participate in the upcoming Executive Retreat to  present an overview of the 2018 legislative session and discuss preparation for 2019.

Watching DC

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.) 


Daily Update March 30, 2018 - Embark Georgia Leadership Conference 5/16-5/17 2018
Daily Update March 29, 2018 - save the date - Celebration of Excellence 5/31-6/2
Daily Update March 28, 2018 - Governor Deal Appoints Division of Family and Children Services Director
Daily Update March 27, 2018 - Deal announces additional funding for education, transit in FY19 budget
Daily Update March 26, 2018 - Public services for Zell Miller announced; former governor to lie in state in Georgia Capitol

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)

►REMAINS OPEN 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) The cut -off date for making reservations in the block was March 27.


OVERFLOW rooms available until sold out:
Jekyll Island Club Resort:  800-535-9547
Group Name:  Together Georgia, GASHC
Group Number:  10822487 

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

►reminder - Linked is a survey collector to capture your questions for the panelists and guest presenters. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QBCC7SM


April 12 10AM Family Foster Care Chapter meeting at Creative Community Services
April 19 10AM Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter TELECONFERENCE ONLY
April 24 TG Board Meeting and Annual Membership Meeting (in tandem with the Executive Retreat at Jekyll Island)
April 24 & 25 Executive Retreat

Member Calendar - https://togetherga.net/index.php/events/list-by-month/month.calendar/2018/03/01/-


Leadership Development for Frontline Staff
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 Frontline Staff
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 10:00am - 2:00pm  
Program Description: Often times, we may be tempted to overlook the leadership opportunities that exist for 'front line' staff.  However, front line staff can make or break the effectiveness, evaluation and overall health of an organization.  Designed for front line staff as participants, this session will focus on developing a leadership identity and examine how to lead from the front.    
Presenters: Brendan Leahy, Ed.D. & David Meyers, MSW  
CEs: applied for LMSW, LCSW, and LPC
Location: A Friend's House, 111 Henry Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253
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:

5/23 - Effective Supervision
8/21 - Working with LGBTQ youth
9/18 - Working in a Multigenerational Workplace
TBD -  Telemental Health
12/4 - Autism Spectrum


Georgia Conference on Children and Families 
October 17-19, 2018 - Marriott Augusta

►THANK YOU to Together Georgia members* who have signed on early in support of the 2018 GCCF!


Bethany Christian Services*

The Social Empowerment Center*

Community Connections, Inc.*

Lighthouse Care Center of Augusta

show case your agency via 

►due April 30 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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