Weekly Update April 27, 2018

April 24 & 25 - Westin, Jekyll Island

More than 70 Together Georgia members participated in the 2018 Executive Retreat. We had our doubts about the weather but by Tuesday morning the rain cleared out; by Tuesday evening, we could not have dialed up better weather for the networking reception overlooking the Atlantic from the observation deck.  Providers enjoyed quality time connecting with state leaders, networking, kicking back, and walking the beach. 

Our executive director, Juanita Stedman, and board president, Karl Lehman, kicked off the retreat with a State of the Association and vision for future, including regional initiatives. Together Georgia/GATS Strategy Workgroups (GATS—Georgia Alliance for Therapeutic Services)

Sally Buchanan, board member representing CPAs, presented an update on the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFSPA). FFTA Public Policy Institute

Wednesday morning, Stan Jones and Helen Sloat reviewed the 2017 legislative session and opened discussion about preparation for the 2018 session.  2018 Georgia Legislative Session Review

The following panelists provided state agency reports and responded to provider questions:

- Virginia Pryor, Division Director, DFCS Department of Family and Children Services
   State of Hope: Georgia’s New Narrative
   Family First Prevention Services Act summary
- Racquel Watson, Operations Manager 2, Residential & Community-Based Services, Georgia    
  Department of Juvenile Justice, Division of Community Service
- Joseph Hood, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Community Health

Director Pryor spoke to the FFSPA noting there are decisions to be made regarding whether the state will move forward with the waiver.  To date, we have not identified the federal deadline for making this request.  The Department will solicit provider input via a meeting by invitation only which is scheduled on May 1. Juanita will represent Together Georgia at the meeting and provider participation will cover the full spectrum of services.  

Susan Dreyfus, President & CEO of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, closed the retreat with “National Child Welfare: Where We Are and Where We Are Going.” She provided her prediction of the future noting the shift to kinship care and change in business models.  She spoke to the bigger picture of child welfare noting it does not rest within a single agency—it is a collaborative system that includes multiple agencies, providers, and communities. 
A National Imperative: Joining Forces to Strengthen Human Services in America 
--online report

The takeaway: change to the provider environment will drive opportunity for collaboration with state leaders and our network of providers as we modify and develop new business models around serving children and families.  Together Georgia and state leaders are committed to working together as we move forward.

Those who attended the retreat will have opportunity to provide their feedback (survey coming soon). We also welcome input from those who were unable to attend as we prepare next year’s event. 


Member Update April 26, 2018 - Welcome Back
Daily Update April 16, 2018 - Debut of Georgia Nonprofit NEWS


Member Calendar - https://togetherga.net/index.php/events/list-by-month/month.calendar/2018/04/13/-


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

Effective Supervision
WednesdayThursday, May 23, 2018, 10:00am - 2:00pm  
Program Description: Peer to supervisor transition, ethical situations, other issues
Presenters: David Meyers, MSW  
CEs: applied for LMSW, LCSW, and LPC
Location: Creative Community Services, 1650 Oakbrook Dr., Suite 445, Norcross, GA 30093
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:

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
►due April 30 


Bethany Christian Services*

The Social Empowerment Center*

Community Connections, Inc.*

Lighthouse Care Center of Augusta

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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