Weekly Update April 13, 2018

April 24 & 25 - Westin, Jekyll Island

The 2018 Executive Retreat is just days away. 

We have more than 70 participants registered for the retreat. Guests include:

  • Susan Dreyfus, President & CEO,, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
  • Virginia Pryor, Division Director DHS, Division of Children and Family Services
  • Judy Fitzgerald, Commissioner, Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities         
  • Racquel Watson, Operations Manager 2, Residential & Community-Based Services, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Division of Community Services
  • Joseph Hood, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Community Health
  • Stan S. Jones, Jr, Partner, Nelson Mullins
  • Helen L. Sloat, Legislative Consultant, Nelson Mullins

This two-day event provides opportunity for you and your senior staff to engage in meaningful conversations with state leaders and receive updates from the national perspective. Your Executive Retreat is designed to create a positive atmosphere with thought leaders in a relaxed setting where we can build relationships and engage in productive dialogue. Our desire is to improve collaboration and practices for those we collectively serve. There will be ample opportunity to network with your colleagues in the relaxed and beautiful setting at Jekyll Island. We trust you will leave the retreat prepared to better face tomorrow’s challenges. 

Updated AGENDA

►for your review Attendees are encouraged to preview the linked handouts for the Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) resentation 
►reminder - Linked is a survey collector to capture your questions for the panelists and guest presenters. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QBCC7SM

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

Provider Update April 9, 2018 - Practice Matters meeting 4/18
Provider Update April 9, 2018 - Trainings for Foster Parents Increase Placement Stability
Daily Update April 12, 2018 - Congratulations, Opportunities, and Updates



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/2018/04/13/-


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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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