Weekly Update August 26, 2016

Message from Ron:

Can you believe that next weekend will usher in another College football season?  Whether you are a fan of a particular team (I am a huge Dawg fan) or not there is a certain excitement and anticipation the air. 

So it is at this time with Together Georgia.  Excitement around all the work our members are doing in so many areas. Many CCIs seeking transformation in many ways so they can best serve the youth and families.  This has included serving new populations and new referral sources such as DJJ.

Many CPA organizations are expanding services and becoming more therapeutic in order to better serve the doubling of children now in out of home care (approaching 14,000).  The growth of family support services has been staggering as new best practice models are being created to serve children and youth in the families and communities.

These changes to our field and so many more require that Together Georgia is at its best in serving your organization. One of the best ways to ensure this is to implement successfully the newly approved strategic plan [see August 26 Daily Update below]. As you can see there are several areas of work defined in the plan along with a champion for each area. This is where you come in!  Most of these champions have very small work groups representing a small fraction of our membership. Please look over the various work groups and select one you'd like to contribute.  Once you have one in mind contact the champion or myself so you can get all associated communications. This will keep Together Georgia moving forward so we can serve you moving forward. 

Thank you.


Provider Watch August 25, 2016 - Together Georgia Executive Director presents to DHS Board
Welfare Watch August 23, 2016 -
Equipping youth to transition out of foster care

Daily Update August 26, 2016 - TG Board Approves Strategic Plan
Member Update August 26, 2016  - Preventing Adoption Disruptions
TG Sponsor Update August 25, 2016  - UST survey, chance to win $500 gift card
Daily Update August 24, 2016 - AFPAG session, Right to be Heard
Daily Update August 23, 2016 - Family Voice & Participation 8/25/16
Member Update August 22, 2016 - Kim Anderson and Karl Lehman to receive Big Voice for Children Award



Putting Purpose into Practice - view Georgia Conference on Children and Families brochure - www.georgiachild.org

THANK YOU TG members who have signed on as sponsors! 

Bethany Christian Services, 
NETWORKING RECEPTION CO-SPONSORS Goshen Valley Boys Ranch & Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Inc.  
 Chick-fil-A (Winshape Homes)
SILVER SPONSORS:Youth Villages  
BRONZE SPONSORS: ​Bloom Our Youth, Broken Shackle Ranch, Inc. Creative Community Services,Family Ties,
Georgia Youth Advocate Program/Rescare, Hillside, Marvelous Light Consultant, LLC, Necco, The Social Empowerment Center,​The Methodist Children's Home, and Transitional Family Services


►NOTE: The Marriott August Hotel GCCF room block is now at 70% - please make your reservations today - Book your group rate for Georgia Conference on Children and Families


Secondary Trauma

Thursday, September 22, 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 the nature of their work, child welfare professionals are at particular risk for developing secondary traumatic stress symptoms. This session examines the causes of secondary trauma, its effects on staff, treatment methods for working with clients to address their trauma responses, and more. 

Presenter: Brian Bride, Ph.D., winner of UGA's Creative Research Medal for work in secondary traumatic stress, Sandy Corbin, LCSW; Director of Programs, Multi-Agency Alliance for Children, and David Meyers, MSW;  J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development 
Location: J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, 1240 S. Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--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


►DEADLINE EXTENDED Serving DJJ Youth: DJJ Assistant Commissioner 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 RBWO 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. The message 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. Your response is requested by close of business Monday, August 29. 

►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. 

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 Connect 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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