Weekly Update May 11, 2018

For many years the Family First Prevention Services Act had been discussed. Then on February 9, 2018, it passed in the middle of the night as part of a bipartisan budget. There were many who were supporters and who had advocated for FFPSA. That along with a steady rising nationally of the number of children in foster care to 437,465 resulted in it being voted for by those in both political parties in D.C.

Last week at a meeting of providers which was led by Director Pryor, Christine Calpin, the Casey Family Programs Managing Director of Public Policy gave an overview of FFPSA. Mostly the information is the same as that you have been receiving as a member of Together Ga and other organizations.

Clearly, there is still much to be decided both nationally and in Georgia. HHS will provide a list (not yet  decided) of approved Prevention Services that will be eligible for Title IV-E funds. Georgia must decide whether they will take the “wavier” or as is expected implementation will begin October, 2019. Actually, there may be as much or more that is unknown as there is that is known.

What we know for sure is that FFPSA will impact each of you and will change the way you do
business. As members of TGa we will make sure you have all information that we receive from both the State and nationally. I and our lobbyists will meet with our State legislators so they also will be aware of the impact FFPSA will have on child welfare in Georgia. 

It is so very important that you stay up to date by reading all the materials on FFPSA. TGa and GATS are planning a joint training with an expert who will speak on FFPSA and train you from the perspective of a provider. Our hope is the training will be in June and each of you will attend. Laura Boyd with FFTA will be speaking at the closing luncheon of the GCCF in October. Further, it is so very important that you attend the TGa Chapter Meetings where each Chapter will address how FFPSA impacts the members of that Chapter.

Change is difficult and as those who work with the most vulnerable children in our State you
are constantly dealing with change. FFPSA not only brings change but also brings many great opportunities. I know that all of you will meet the challenges and seize the opportunities. For each of you is not just my hero for the work you do each day, you are the hero of each child you touch as you give them so much love, shelter, and hope.  - Juanita

Family First Prevention Service Act  - HR 1892 - FFPSA provisions on pages 107-206


Daily Update May 9, 2018 - Children's Behavioral Health Forum 5/15
Daily Update May 8, 2018 - A decade of transformation, DBHDD
Daily Update May 7, 2018 - Film makes its debut during Mental Health Month
Daily Update May 7, 2018  - FFSPA Candidate for Care definition
Welfare Watch  May 11, 2018 - How can we stop the youth suicide crisis?


May 10 Family Foster Care Chapter 10 AM at Creative Community Services
►next week May 17 Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter 10 AM at Family Ties

Member Calendar - https://togetherga.net/index.php/events/list-by-month/month.calendar/2018/05/04/-


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
Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 10:00am - 2:00pm  
Program Description: This 3-hour course will address how to incorporate principles of leadership, professional authority, and performance management into a structured and effective supervisory approach. Additional focus will be provided on how to transition from peer to supervisory role and establish effective boundaries in professional relationships. To aid in learning, a number of complex scenarios will be analyzed to explore how to approach this topic with knowledge and skill.
Presenters: Charlie Safford, LCSW, President, yourceus.com, Inc. and David Meyers, MSW  
CEUs: 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


Bethany Christian Services



♦The Social Empowerment Center


♦Community Connections, Inc.
♦Georgia Department of Public Health

♦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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