Weekly Update July 29, 2016

Together Georgia Executive Director, Ron Scroggy receives System of Care Lifetime Achievement Award

Together Georgia Executive Director, Ron Scroggy was the recipient of the 2016 System of Care Lifetime Achievement Award presented at the SOC conference, which was held this week in Stone Mountain. ​Ron's strength in his current role as TG Executive Director is one of serving as a change agent as we transition ​through the complexities of an ever changing child welfare environment.  Ron has a rich history in child welfare, which began with an early concentration in social work and completion of his degree through the University of Georgia. He quickly navigated into leadership and served as the CEO/President of Inner Harbor for almost 14 years. At Inner Harbor he was responsible for​ 500 employees who delivered​ a full continuum of services​ that included a 350 bed licensed specialty not-for-profit hospital in Douglasville and​ a 50 bed licensed wilderness camp facility for male youth offenders in Rockmart​. ​Inner Harbor successfully served some of Georgia's most hopeless youth and families. ​​After a successful tenure at Inner Harbor, Ron transitioned to the Department of Family and Children Services​​ in Field Operations. Again, he quickly navigated into the leadership role serving as the DFCS Director​. Together Georgia is fortunate to have a director who understands the work inside and out, from both the public and private perspective.  Above all, Ron is devoted to his family, ​his ​faith, and caring for those who are in need​. He is a caring and compassionate leader who well deserves this honor.  TG is honored to celebrate with Ron. Congratulations, Ron!


Provider Watch July 26, 2016  - The Children's Home Mourns the Loss of Retired President and CEO Bev Cochran

Daily Update July 29, 2016 - Bryan Samuels Reappointed as Executive Director of Chapin Hall
Daily Update July 28, 2016 - Preparation for the new OT rule



TG members receive complimentary registration - Principles of Effective Behavior Management

Thursday, August 25, 2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development offers the following training.  By understanding ‘principles of behavior’ we can increase effective interactions with those we serve and those we work with. Appropriate for front line staff, administrators, and program managers this session will allow participants to develop skills for accelerating positive, or pro-social, behaviors while decreasing undesirable behaviors.  

Presenter: Terence Johnson, MA; J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development and David Meyers, MSW;  J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development 
Location: Coleman Community Center c/o Twin Cedars, 701 Lincoln Street, LaGrange, GA 30241 
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG member discount is available--email office@gahsc.org to request code.)  link to registration 
CEUs applied for  - 3.5 hours LCSW, LPC, LMFT CEUs  
Contact office@gahsc.org 


August 3 - CCI Chapter 11:00am - Christian City, 7501 Red Oak, Union City 30291
August 10 - Faith-based Affinity Group 11:00am - Hepzhibah,6601 Zebulon Rd,Macon 31200
August 11 - Foster Care Chapter 10:00am - CCS, 4487 Park Dr., Norcross 30093
August 16 - Board meeting 10:00am + leadership noon - 50 Hurt Plaza, Ste 1045, Atlanta 30303
August 18 - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter 10:00am - Family Ties, 270 Carpenter Dr., Ste 400, Sandy Springs 30328

Save the Date
November 2-4, 2016 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families   sponsorship opportunities 
January 18, 2017 - Together Georgia Day at the Capitol
April 25 & 26, 2017 -  Annual Executive Retreat, WinShape

Member Calendar - http://togetherga.net/index.php/events/list-by-month/month.calendar/2016/06/27/-



►NEW Positive Alternatives for Pregnancy Grant Program - bid closing date Aug 30, 2016 at 3:00pm

YouthToday Grants - click here to see available grants on website 
Grant Station Insider  - Volume XV | Issue 24 | June 16, 2016



Salary Survey:  The 2016 survey is now closed.  Click here to view results

►Please Respond Projected Overtime Survey: This survey was provided to assess the projected estimated amount the DOT revision of overtime will increase agencies expenses for calendar year 2017. Nine agencies responded with a collective total of $2,072,993. The survey remains active--please respond with your projections. 

►Please Respond  Practice Matters Meeting 9/27/16

The next Practice Matters meeting is scheduled September 27, 2016 from 10:00am-3:00pm at Hephzibah, 6601 Zebulon Rd, Macon 31220. In preparation for the meeting, providers are asked to respond to the following survey:


Additional information and reservation information will be forthcoming. 


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 user name and password that was previously provided to member agency directors. (User name 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. )

REMINDER: Connecting with Legislators

Agencies are encouraged to schedule time with their legislators.  It’s important to develop and maintain positive relationships with your legislators; Summer and Fall afford time to connect while they are out of session back in their districts. Cultivating these relationships will help later when we need to reach out to legislators with critical issues and concerns.

Legislators often take time to meet with constituents in their districts during the legislative recess. Offering a tour with first-hand perspective of your agency provides legislators an opportunity to better understand our work in child welfare and dispel misconceptions.

Also, take opportunity to support your legislator’s community meetings within your district. Remember to invite them to your special events and take/share pictures via local media and social media.

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The Georgia Conference on Children and Families  - November 2-4, 2016