Weekly Update September 2, 2016

Family First Preservation Services Act

HR 5456 Family First Preservation Services Act - Linked is recent power point created by Senate staff


Provider Monthly August 31, 2016

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 September 2, 2016 - 2016 Georgia Give Day 11/17
Daily Update August 31, 2016 - Teens R for Me event registration deadline today at 3:00
Daily Update August 30, 2016 - A Comprehensive Look at a Prevalent Child Welfare Issue
Daily Update August 29, 2016 - Family First Regional Education meeting 8/24/16


CONFERENCE WATCH - 2016 GCCF November 2-4, 2016

We are now accepting Award Nominations - applications are due 12 noon September 26, 2016 link to application


The Marriott August Hotel GCCF room block is now at 79% - 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


► NEXT WEEK  Sept. 8 -  Family Foster Care Chapter 10am - CCS, 4487 Park Dr., Norcross 30093 - Bobby Cagle invited guest

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 

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. 

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