Daily Update December 12, 2016

Legislative Update

The 114 Congress officially ends

Efforts continued last week to pass the Family First Preservation Services Act (FFPSA). Although it did not pass, this bipartisan, bicameral bill brought important discussion to the need for child welfare reform. Those in favor of the bill focused on improving outcomes, expanding services and increasing flexibility in funding that would potentially open more services to children and families. Opposing the bill, legislators from NC, PA, TN and UT responded to residential providers who voiced concerns about the new requirements the bill would impose on residential programs. Ultimately, these concerns prevented the bill as proposed from moving forward. read more from CWLA

FFPSA at one time was included in the 21st Century Cures Act. FFPSA was stripped out pf the Cures Act prior to the House Rules Committee hearing.  The Cures Act passed on November 30--it is anticipated that President Obama will sign this into law. The Cures Act provides for mental health reform and with $1B allocated over two years for addiction treatment and opioid use disorder.  read more from USA Today

Preparation for the 2017 Georgia Legislative Session

Together Georgia is currently focused on preparation for the upcoming 2017 Georgia Legislative Session.  RBWO providers rates remain a major focus of our advocacy.  Other items of interest include Family Preservation dollars, education, criminal background check, child abuse registry, and therapeutic kinship care.

Please mark your calendar for Together Georgia Day at the Capitol scheduled January 18, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. -12:00 and note, it is time to sign up for exhibit space. Space is limited--we will set up two agencies per table. (This is at no cost to TG members.) Please reserve your space today and/or indicate how many staff will participate. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/79RYHSZ

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