Weekly Update August 19, 2016

Keith Horton requests input from Together Georgia Providers

The following message previously sent to RBWO Providers is an idea generating request, which may also include Family Support providers. We suggest that you propose what combined services might look like partnering with RBWO providers and what resources would be needed to implement such collaborations. When responding via Survey Monkey, please indicate if you are a Family Support provider. 

To: Together Georgia RBWO Providers

Keith Horton has been asked to come up with a proposal to provide placements for DJJ high end youth.  These would be youth that may meet the criteria for Maximum RBWO or who could be slightly higher than Maximum. Together Georgia providers are asked what it would take for them to dedicate bed space, education and treatment services for these type youth; this may include some of the Step Down youth who are currently being served.  For this proposal, money is not an issue. Keith is asking for a few concrete proposals that he can discuss with the Commissioners and others. Your response is requested by close of business Friday, August 26. Please respond via Survey Monkey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TP2MKYV  ​Thank you.


Daily Update August 18, 2016 - Child Welfare Training Collaborative
Daily Update August 15, 2016 - DFCS District Director Invited to TG Leadership Meeting 8/16/16



The Marriott August Hotel GCCF room block is now at 66% - please make your reservations today - Book your group rate for Georgia Conference on Children and Families

Putting Purpose into Practice - view Georgia Conference on Children and Families brochure



►NEXT WEEK - Few spaces remaining - 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 


Sept. 8 Family Foster Care Chapter 10am - CCS, 4487 Park Dr., Norcross 30093

Sept. 15 - 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/-



Intensive Community Support Program (ICSP) - 42700-DHS0000248 - Bid Closing Date/Time - August 31, 2016@4:00 PM

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



►Please Respond Provider input into DJJ FAQ :Together Georgia has begun to meet monthly with DJJ leadership.  DJJ agreed to post a FAQ that will hopefully answer provider concerns and questions.  To start that process, we need you to submit any and all questions that you may have that pertain to DJJ.  We 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. Thank you.

►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 9/27/16The 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 survey. Additional information and reservation information will be forthcoming. 

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


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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