Weekly Update August 5, 2016

A message from Ron

As families prepare to have their children and youth go back to school and we all start back up the various routines that the ending of summer brings I have a couple of items to bring to your attention.  First, I hope you have already invited your state legislators out to tour your organizations and learn more about your mission and services.  It is not too late to do so.  These relationships will go a long way as Together Georgia advocates for various policy and appropriation changes. 

Secondly, we have begun to meet monthly with DJJ leadership.  It is my belief that there has been a general lack of relationship building and communication between the provider community and DJJ.  At our meeting yesterday we agreed to begin to address these issues so that together we can better meet the needs of the youth.  As a beginning point DJJ agreed to post a FAQ that will hopefully answer providers concerns and questions.  To start that process we need you to submit any and all questions that you may have that pertain to DJJ--click here to respondWe will gather all the questions and give them to DJJ to answer.  Your question will be anonymous so please ask.  This is a real opportunity for providers and DJJ to clear up any misconceptions and for both entities to get on the same page going forward. 

Lastly, the GCCF conference is coming up in November.  If you have not already I hope you will consider becoming a sponsor for this event.  Last year over 500 professionals participated and we are expecting that this year’s conference may even have a bigger attendance.  As you can see by the information below and at the conference link there will be many great learning and networking opportunities. 

Thank you and have a splendid weekend!


Provider Watch August 3, 2016 - Orange Duffel Bag Initiative After School Coaching Programs
Provider Update August 2, 2016  -
Courting Foster Kids
Provider Update  August 1, 2016 - Private Provider meeting scheduled in Region 4 with DFCS Director, Bobby Cagle 8/16/16

Daily Update August 4, 2016  - Status of Family First Preservation Services Act


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 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/-



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



TG 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