Weekly Update September 23, 2016

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This past week I spent time at the NOSAC fall board meeting.  As always it was interesting to discuss the state of child welfare with state association directors from around the country.  Many of the issues we face here in Georgia are also challenges to other states.  But there are differences of both focus and approaches.

In North Carolina they are looking at creating a unique set of dashboard metrics to monitor outcomes.  They are also creating ‘Health Courts’ and trying to address how poverty interacts with many social ills.  They are assigning ‘Community Quarterbacks’ to help them “get real” with the issues.  Their association has also created non-voting membership levels for hospitals, insurance companies, pharmacies…

Florida is aggressively tracking child trends and working to increase adoption rates for those in foster care.

South Carolina is working to assist their many congregate care providers in transforming services to more CPA, respite, and supervised visitation type offerings.  They have a statewide recruitment effort underway with a goal of increasing foster homes by 1,400.

New Jersey is actively working on ‘Re-homing’ (currently seven states have passed legislation in this area).  This deals with getting rid of the APPLA designation for placement.  Also they received a Lilly Endowment grant to assist with increasing kinship care placements.  They have conducted a cost analysis of what it costs a ‘real family’ to raise a child and shared with legislators what the state is paying foster families to do the same.

Illinois tried for two years to mandate children be placed within their school district but dropped it as they found the goal to be unachievable and undesirable for all children.  They passed a Quality Care Bill which guides placement efforts.

Ohio seems to have many ongoing initiatives.  One is they have the Federal Student Loan Forgiveness as an affinity sponsoring program.  For every person that enrolls the state association receives a small payment.

Minnesota has been told by CMS that they were out of compliance with IDM and would have to convert their RTCs back to PRTF even though in 2012 they created a rehab option which offered a treatment option.  Currently states are working with Congress to get changes in the IDM.  One bill being composed by Sen. Durbin is the Trauma Informed Children’s Act.

Indiana recently presented at FFTA on how their agency is working with providers on measuring and comparing outcomes.

These are just a few of the many items discussed over the four days.  Almost all present were surprised to hear of our public-private partnering relationships here in Georgia.  We can all learn from each other and often save time by seeing if other states have already found solutions to issues.  It is good to know we are not alone in this quest to improve services to children, youth, families and communities.


►4 sponsorship opportunities remain open 

2 Platinum, 1 Gold, and 1 Silver -  ►BECOME A SPONSOR  or upgrade to higher level - Please sign up by October 1 to be included in the 2016 GCCF printed program

►overflow hotel room block is now at 58% Please note the Marriott hotel is sold out, although you might try making a reservation in the event that there are some cancellations.  We are in the process of securing overflow space at the Holiday Inn Express--the room block is not yet in place. Please stay tuned.  

Marriott Augusta at the Convention Center
Two 10th Street - Augusta, Georgia 30901
local number  706.722.8900

Book your group rate for Georgia Conference on Children and Families
 The group rate will be available until Oct 11, 2016 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.

Overflow Hotel:
Holiday Inn Express
444 Broad Street Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 922-1410
The group rate for this block is $120 (group code is GCF). The group rate will be available until Oct 1, 2016 or until the block is sold out, whichever comes first.

 due Monday - Award nomination pplications are due 12 noon September 26, 2016 link to application



Provider  Update September 23, 2016 - Foster Youth Survey Response Email

Daily Update September 22, 2016 - Chapin Hall Review--Kickoff Power Point
Daily Update September 21, 2016 - Community We Will
Daily Update September 19, 2016 - Oregon Child Welfare System Facing Acute Shortage Of Foster Homes



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

Child Welfare Training Collaborative
Trauma 101: Understanding Child Trauma and Child Traumatic Stress - multiple dates - click here to view calendar

Georgia Center for Nonprofits, Nonprofit University, Development Institute


Oct 5 - CCI Chapter meeting 11:00am
Oct 13 - Family Foster Care Chapter meeting 10:00am - CCS, 4487 Park Dr. Ste A, Norcross 30093 - Jeff Lukich is invited to attend.  
Oct 20 - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter 10:00am - Family Ties, 270 Carpenter Dr., Ste 400, Sandy Springs                        30328. Lamar Smith is confirmed to attend.  
Oct 27 - Faith-base Affinity Group - 11:00am - Chick-fil-A headquarters (RSVP required)

Save the Date
December 6 - Board Meeting 10:00a.m. followed by TG Leadership Meeting at noon- UMCH, 
500 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur
            30030 - details will be forthcoming
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/-


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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