Weekly Update April 19, 2019


In addition to Tom Rawlings, DFCS Director and Gabrielle Sheely, GKS Consulting, whom TG members already know and respect, we have two additional special guests scheduled next week for the Executive Retreat,  Dr. Sylvia Rowlands and Elizabeth Wright from New York Foundling.

The New York Foundling, is one of New York City's oldest and largest child welfare agencies that empowers thousands of children and families to live independent, stable, and fulfilling lives. Under Dr. Rowlands’ leadership, The Foundling created its Implementation Support Center (ISC) and has worked with numerous service providers and governmental entities in the U.S. and abroad to implement effective, evidence-based initiatives.(read more about the Foundling and ISC at  https://www.nyfoundling.org/home/implementation-support-center-isc/)

Dr. Sylvia Rowlands, Senior Administrator with twenty-five years of social service and health care industry leadership, large system transformation expertise and executive management experience. As the Senior Vice President of Evidence Based Community Programs at the New York Foundling, one of the largest child welfare, juvenile justice and integrated behavioral health service providers in NYC. She has led the agency through an evidence based and promising clinical practice change resulting in worlds' largest EBP portfolios with over 400 licensed, professional staff and 200 para-professionals under her direction.In 2010, Dr. Rowlands opened the Implementation Support Center (ISC). Since then Dr. Rowlands has served as the principle for numerous national and international social service and health care transformation initiatives. The ISC has provided pre-intention, readiness and implementation of organizational change to 22 NYC public services agencies, 5 US states, 4 Australian states, London, and Scotland. She has provided expert reform consultation to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, China, Japan, Scotland and England. 

Elizabeth Wright received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Manhattan College and her master’s degree from Fordham University in Mental Health Counseling. Elizabeth has been with The New York Foundling since 2008. She started at the Foundling as a Resource Specialist with the Blue Sky Program, collaborating with community and city agencies to coordinate care and services for youth and families in the juvenile justice system. Elizabeth provided direct clinical care to youth being served in Blue Sky’s TFCO (formerly Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care) program as a skills trainer and later as an individual therapist. She was later a TFCO Supervisor for the Foundling’s PINS Diversion program when it launched in October 2010. In February 2013 Elizabeth transitioned from direct care to providing implementation support for NY Foundling and partner NYC agencies. As an Associate with the Implementation Support Center Elizabeth coordinated FFT Externship, supported the implementation of the Safe Care model and served as a consultant for the Youth Development Skills Coaching (YDSC) component of CSNYC.  Since October 2013, Elizabeth has been a member of the Family Foster Care leadership team with NY Foundling, first as the Program Director for the Bronx and North Manhattan region, overseeing program compliance and then as the Assistant Vice President providing oversight for all clinical, administrative and managerial aspects of the program for the Bronx and North Manhattan region. Since January 2019 Elizabeth has been the acting Vice President of the Foundling’s Family Foster Care program, overseeing all of Foundling’s family foster care programs.

link here to register for the retreat AND call the hotel to make your room reservation 912-635-2600


Understanding the Health and Mental Health Care Needs of Children in Foster Care

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm 

Program Description:  Amerigroup is Georgia's provider of health and mental health care for children in foster care.  By analyzing claim data, Amerigroup has identified the most common health and mental health diagnoses for Georgia's youth.  this session will focus on those common diagnoses, symptoms and manifestations, as well as treatment strategies with an emphasis on real-world solutions.  Amerigroup representatives will be on hand to answer questions and troubleshoot Medicaid issues that providers may be experiencing.

Presenters: Amerigroup
CEs: applied for LMSW, LCSW, and LPC

Location: Georgia HOPE,203 Woodpark Place Building B (2nd floor) Woodstock, 30188
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email office@gahsc.org to request code.) link to registration at https://www.regonline.com/tra20190521

Contact: office@gahsc.org

8/13/2019          Telemental Health
9/24/2019          Cultural Competence
10/8/2019          Effective Supervision
12/3/2019          Strategic Planning Processes

Empowered to Connect Conference
Friday, April 26th & Saturday, April 27th - link to flyer

Region 10 Youth Town Hall 
April 30 - link to flyer
►for all Region 10 providers

A Morning with Judges
May 18 9 a.m. - 12 noon - This foster parent training, offered via Faithbridge,  is free  and provides 3 CEU’s — link to registration and additional information.  

Georgia Conference on Children and Families 
October 28-30, 2019 - Marriott Augusta

 GCCF CALL for PRESENTATIONS due April 30, 2019



Daily Update April 17, 2019 -  State of Hope meetings in Albany

GA+SCORE e-blasts (RBWO Providers):

Apr 16, 2019 PBP Reporting Extension -- March SHINES Visits through 4/18


FFPSA survey

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. )


Together Georgia corporate sponsors/partners improve services and can save your agency thousands of dollars annually. click here to review.

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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