Weekly Update May 17, 2019

EAGLE Recognized as an Approved Accreditor for QRTP under the Family First Prevention Services Act


Contact: Mary Kemper, President, 301-556-1340

Frederick, MD – May 15, 2019 – EAGLE Accreditation has been recognized by the Federal Government as an approved accreditor for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP) under the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).

The FFPSA legislation, which passed in February 2018, mandates that all Residential Treatment Providers become accredited to become Qualified Residential Treatment Programs by October 1, 2019. Under the new law, after the first two weeks of child placement, only “specified settings” outside of foster family homes are eligible for reimbursement through Title IV-E foster care funds.

EAGLE Accreditation has been designated as an approved accrediting body in recognition of its standards of excellence in quality.

“After review of the standards used by EAGLE…, HHS approved EAGLE as an alternate accrediting agency for QRTP purposes,” according to a memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HHS confirmed last week that the approval of the EAGLE standards is applicable across jurisdictions.

EAGLE, which stands for Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence (EAGLE), is the only faith-based accrediting body in the country. It focuses on ministries serving older adults, children, youth and families, and developmentally disabled with emphasis on excellence, quality and how applicant organizations incorporate their Christian mission, religious heritage and values throughout the organization and its daily operations. Since 1984, EAGLE Accreditation has incrementally evolved as a unique, voluntary, self-assessment, peer review program for faith-based organizations.

The EAGLE Accreditation Program is led by the EAGLE Accreditation Commission and operated by the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA). For more information on EAGLE accreditation, please visit the EAGLE website at http://eagle1.org/ or email eagle@ouruma.org.

â–ºslots still open EMBARK SUMMER PROGRAM

The Embark Summer Program is designed for young people in foster care who are rising 10-11th graders to spend time on campus and learn about college life.  It is open to 50 students, and while space is filling up, some slots are still open.

Applications can be found here.

Students can decide which campus that they would like to visit:

  • University of Georgia - June 9-13 in Athens (25 student capacity)
  • Savannah State University - June 16-20 in Savannah (25 student capacity)

Application Instructions:

  • Please complete the entire application, including the brief reference section.
  • Applications must be received by May 15.
  • All applications will be submitted to the JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, regardless of whether the applicant plans to attend the program at SSU or UGA.  Notifications will be made on a rolling basis.
  • All applications and any supporting materials should be mailed in one envelope or pdf file.
  • Applications may be sent via email to ksmith@fanning.uga.edu or via US mail to the following address:

Embark Summer Precollegiate Program
Attn: Kate Smith
J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
1240 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602


â–ºrescheduled 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, June 19, 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/tra20190619

Contact: office@gahsc.org

Upcoming (updated 5/15/19)

8/13/2019          Telemental Health
9/24/2019          Cultural Competence
10/8/2019          Effective Supervision
12/3/2019          LBGTQ 101


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.  

Caregiver Lunch and Learn
August 27 - MAAC office - link to flyer

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



Daily Update May 14, 2019 -  Dekalb County Interim Director / Lamar Smith

GA+SCORE e-blasts (RBWO Providers):

May 17, 2019 FREE Planet Fitness Summer Registration for Teens 15-18
May 14, 2019 Reminder: Connections Program - Listening Session (North District)
May 13, 2019 Free workshop for teens
May 13, 2019 Practice Matters May 17th -- last chance to register


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. )


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