Weekly Update September 9, 2016

DJJ Opportunities for Providers

Together Georgia providers were previously asked what it would take for them to dedicate bed space, education and treatment services for DJJ high end youth; this may include some of the Step Down youth who are currently being served. For this proposal, money is not an issue. 

Message from Ron

Please see all links below for updated regional contacts, maps and current service data.  
There were 14 members who responded with ideas and proposals via the Survey Monkey.- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TP2MKYV  If you did not respond and would like to it is not too late.  DJJ officials are offering providers a real chance to share exactly what you would need in order to best serve their youth. This includes what resources you would need and when. Such as perhaps you'd need some extra funding front end loaded to help offset any start up or expansion cost that might be incurred. In several conversations with DJJ leadership they have made it clear at this moment they are open to hearing your brainstorming ideas with regards to how your organization could best serve their youth.

I hope you or your staff representative will also plan to attend the September 21st meeting with the Commissioner.  This meeting will be from 10 to noonin Forsyth (1000 Indian Springs Road) Expect him and his staff to communicate that DJJ has the funds but desperately needs MWO placements.  Also included will be an overview of the criminal justice reform, geographical needs for services (especially in south Georgia) and examples of current initiatives underway.  Also, some current needs around independent living services.

Beginning next week DJJ will send Together Georgia a listing of all youth needing services.  This listing will not contain confidential information but will share the age, some characteristics, services needed and county. We in turn, each week will communicate this updated list to providers so that you can contact the appropriate person if your organization had the capability of servicing any of the youth on the list. Consider this a possible weekly referral listing from DJJ.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this opportunity.

DJJ Map Districts Regions Offices Facilities
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Member Update September 9, 2016 - Methodist Homes works to give kids stable lives
Daily Update September 7, 2016 - A Better Way to Help Vulnerable Children and Families, Op-ed by Hatch, Wyden, Brady and Levin


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


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 29, 2016 - Ethics 360, Sandy Springs read more
Sept 30, 2016 -  Sanctuary overview, Atlanta read more

Child Welfare Training Collaborative
September 26, 2016 9:00am-12:30pm - Trauma 101: Understanding Child Trauma and Child Traumatic Stress, Athens read more
September 26, 2016 1:30pm-5:00pm - Trauma 101: Understanding Child Trauma and Child Traumatic Stress, Athens read more

Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Nonprofit University, Development Institute


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


►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. 

►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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