Weekly Update April 25, 2019


Family First Presentation Services Act: Changing the Conversation on Social Issues

During this week's TG Executive Retreat, Dr. Sylvia Rowlands and Elizabeth Wright facilitated a conversation on the FFPSA reviewing their work with the 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. 

Dr. Rowlands shares the following links, which she referenced during the discussion on kinship and patterns of movement:




She also adds this link (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3065183/) to the discussion "because it offers additional support to the thinking that stability is one of the best predictors of foster care outcomes. The article provides compelling information about overall placement experiences, an orientation to patterns of movement, comparisons across patterns of movement and predictors of movement. It could lead us to some interesting interventions. For example, the research provides nice support for an FFT FC-like intervention for the pattern of children they define as Late Movers."

Linked is a copy of Dr. Rowland's presentation at the retreat.

Please also note, whether you were able to attend the 2019 Executive Retreat, we would like to hear from you.  We received a wonderful response from those who participated this year.  We trust that those who attended received greater insight into the implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act and transition within the child welfare provider environment. 

Linked is a survey, which includes opportunity for feedback on our 2019 event and suggestions for the 2020 retreat.  Your input is appreciated.  Thank you



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
►today and tomorrow Friday, April 26th & Saturday, April 27th - link to flyer

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

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

►due next week GCCF CALL for PRESENTATIONS due April 30, 2019



Daily Update April 25, 2019 -
RFI - Together Georgia Executive Retreat

GA+SCORE e-blasts (RBWO Providers):

Apr 25, 2019 Save the Date: CPA Partnership Meeting
Apr 25, 2019 May ILP Workshop Schedule
Apr 23, 2019 Amerigroup Webinar Training Sessions for Providers -- May 2019
Apr 22, 2019 Embark Summer Precollegiate Program (formerly CollegeBound) - only 50 slots available!
Apr 22, 2019 External Stakeholders Child Welfare Policy Review/Survey - 19.24 Family Treatment Court


Executive Retreat

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.

An email newsletter as a public service Editor   

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