Weekly Update November 8, 2019





Family First Transition Act

The Family First Transition Act is a bipartisan bill introduced in the House and Senate to support transformation of child welfare systems (HR 4980 in the House and S. 2777 in the Senate).

The Family First Transition Act will build on the previous law, Family First Prevention Services Act by:

  • Providing insurance to states with child welfare demonstration projects that ended on October 1, 2019, guaranteeing they will not face a large financial shortfall as they transition to the new law;
  • Providing one-time funding to all states to help implement Family First; and
  • Phasing in the Family First requirement that 50 percent of spending on foster care prevention be on programs meeting the highest level of evidence (“well supported”), allowing states to receive reimbursement for a broader range of evidence-based services in early years while the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services works to expand its list of qualifying programs.

text of the bill 
summary of the bill 
press release


NEWS RELEASES & UPDATES

Daily Update November 7, 2019 - Leroy King: Celebration of life
Member Update November 5, 2019 - FosTTRE: Fostering Teens through relationship education
Training Update November 4, 2019 - BUILDING EFFECTIVE TEAMS 11/12/19


GA+SCORE e-blasts (RBWO Providers):

Nov 7, 2019 2019 Fiscal Summit -- Presentation
Nov 7, 2019 Teens R 4 Me 2019 -- Adult Day Registration
Nov 7, 2019 Update: FY2020 RBWO Contract Update: Executed Contracts
Nov 7, 2019 Reminder: FY2020 RBWO Contract Update: Executed Contracts
Nov 6, 2019 CPA Partnership Meeting 11/18/19
Nov 5, 2019 FY2020 RBWO Contract Update: Executed Contracts


TRAINING

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

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 from 10am-2pm
Program Description: Working together is crucial to ensure the best outcomes for children in care. This interactive session will help participants identify their personal styles, understand how their work preferences may impact others, and identify methods to improve professional and client relationships.
Trainers: David Meyers, MSW and Brendan Leahy, Ed.D., JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
Location: CCS; Conference Room, 1650 Oakbrook Dr. Suite 435, Norcross, GA 30093
CEs applied for: 3.5 CEUs (MSW, MFT, LPC) 
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email office@gahsc.org to request code.) link to registration
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Working with LGBTQ youth
Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development offers the following training

Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 10am-2pm
Program Description: This session provides tools for working with LGBTQ+ clients, families, colleagues, and other organizations, including our own perceptions and realities of the world at large.  Focus of the session will be cultural humility, terminology around identities, and how we may provide culturally humble services. 
Trainers: Linda Ellis, Executive Director, The Health Initiative and David Meyers
Location: CHRIS 180; Delta Conference Room; 1030 Fayetteville Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
CEs applied for: 3.5 CEUs (MSW, MFT, LPC) 
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email office@gahsc.org to request code.) link to registration
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How to decipher the federal Family First Preservation and Services Act and its implications for child welfare providers 
Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development offers the following training

December 10, 2019 10am-2pm
Program Description: This 4-hour program will provide mid-level managers and supervisors with an understanding of how the federal government is seeking to improve child welfare outcomes through the Federal Family Preservation and Services Act (FFPSA).  This session is specifically geared to the program and operations staff who have the experience and expertise to influence program approach and design within their agency, and the role that their agency plays in supporting children and families who come in contact with the child welfare system.  We will discuss the values that the federal legislation places on establishing standards of good practice, implementing program models that have evidence to demonstrate their effectiveness, and keeping children in a family setting when out of home care is required, among others. Participants will be asked to reflect on these values and their consistency with their agency’s own values, leading to a discussion of how your agency evaluates risks and opportunities presented by public policies and funding.
Trainer: Gabrielle Sheely, GKS Consulting
Location: metro Atlanta location TBD
CEUs applied for (3.5 for LPC, LMFT, and Social Work)
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email office@gahsc.org to request code.) link to registration

Discounted training for TG members
20% off Prosolutions online training https://www.prosolutionstraining.com


SURVEYS

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.)


JOB NOTICES 

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. )


TG CORPORATE SPONSOR/PARTNER BENEFITS

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


SAVE THE DATE

2020 Together Georgia Day at the Capitol January 29, 2020
2020 Executive Retreat April 16 & 17 at Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge
2020 Georgia Conference on Children and Families October 14-16 at Marriott Augusta

 


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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

 
 



 














 

                 

    

 

 

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