Weekly Update June 14, 2019

Reunification Spotlight

Georgia Makes Family Reunification a Statewide Priority with New Reunification Manager Position

By Chrissy Cullen, Loyola Chicago School of Law, J.D. Candidate 2021 - ABA Center on Children and the Law

Although adoption tends to be highlighted as a common outcome for children in the child welfare system, the primary and preferred permanency goal is reunification with parents. To better support the reunification of families, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) recently created an innovative, new position: Reunification Manager. This position is tasked with providing statewide guidance on reunification. Through the development of state-level leadership and expertise, DFCS hopes to give reunification the same level of priority and same chance at programmatic success that it has seen in other areas, such as adoption and kinship care. (read more at https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/child_law/reunification-manager.pdf)


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. 

►next week 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


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

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

GCCF Sampling of 2019 Workshop Sessions


Weekly Update June 7, 2019 - June is National Reunification Month

GA+SCORE e-blasts (RBWO Providers):

Jun 13, 2019 DFCS Permanency Survey -- deadline extended
Jun 12, 2019 DFCS Permanency Survey
Jun 10, 2019 Practical Matters Reality Fair 2019
Jun 7, 2019 Resource Development CPA Partnership Meeting -- Register Now
Jun 7, 2019 PBP Reporting Deadline -- May 2019 Data
Jun 5, 2019 Invitation to the Private Provider Reception on June 25th
Jun 5, 2019 FY2020 RBWO Contract Instructions
Jun 5, 2019 FY2020 Contract Deliverables Meeting -- Presentations posted

►due today Family Support 

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.


2019 Georgia Conference on Children and Families October 28-30, 2019 at Marriott Augusta
2020 Together Georgia Day at the Capitol January 29, 2020
2020 Executive Retreat April 16 & 17, 2020 at Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge

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