Weekly Update December 23, 2016

Wishing all a safe and blessed holiday!

Georgia’s Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR) 2017

Opiod Abuse Senate Study Committee meeting December 13

Notices from GaScore

Date: Dec 22, 2016 3:29 PM
Subject: FY18 Contract Requirements

Dear Providers,

As we approach the FY18 contract year, our goal is to ensure that all FY18 contracts are executed timely and efficiently. Please read this memo for instructions on which documents are required and how to submit them. We will need the documents outlined in this memo submitted to the Office of Provider Management by close of business on January 31, 2017.

Thank you.

The Office of Provider Management 

Date: Dec 22, 2016 3:49 PM
Subject: PBP Scores

Greetings RBWO Providers,

The Office of Provider Management has not released the recent quarterly Performance Based Placement (PBP) scores as there are some pending changes to the PBP process. With this said, The Office of Provider Management is currently convening a work group with RBWO providers to develop a plan to address the appeals process for the PBP scores. Until the appeals process is finalized, your agency will not receive quarterly PBP scores. In the meantime, please continue with reporting/documenting as usual. OPM will provide training on the new appeals process once it is developed. If there are any questions, contact your OPM Monitoring Manager.

Happy Holidays!

The Office of Provider Management (OPM)

Date: Dec 22, 2016 11:15 AM
Subject: 2017 AFPAG Conference & CPA Caregiver Scholarships

Dear CPA Providers, 

The 44th Annual Adoptive and Foster Parent Conference will take place in Jekyll Island, GA on February 24-26, 2017. The Conference theme is "Facing the Challenges and Reaping the Rewards”. The conference booklet and memo are posted here. The CPA Caregiver Scholarships Registration Deadline is 01/16/17. 

Thank you for your support of this year’s AFPAG conference. If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please contact candis.jones@dhs.ga.gov. If you have any questions regarding the AFPAG conference, please contact Verdell.Daniels@yahoo.com.

Thank you,

Candis L. Jones, Director Caregiver Recruitment and Retention

Date: Dec 22, 2016 11:47 AM
Subject: Announcement: IMPACT Leader's Site

Dear Providers, 

Since the OSS website is down, please advise IMPACT Leaders to use the following site until further notice:  https://1drv.ms/f/s!AlXSz0MDBXiF4Hpb8kmaVhEZstCIThank you for your patience.

Provider Watch December 22, 2016 - Local business owner organizes shopping spree for Methodist Home children
Welfare Watch December 20, 2016 -  'Be Rich' builds relationships with local community
Welfare Watch December 19, 2016 - Home for the Holidays and more...

Member Update December 22, 2016 - Local business owner organizes shopping spree for Methodist Home children http://wgxa.tv/news
Daily Update December 21, 2016 - Interagency Directors Team (IDT) Annual Report
Member Update December 20, 2016 - 11 Alive interviews Zach Blend
Daily Update December 20, 2016 - Children's Monitor 12/19/16



Leadership Development for Mid-level Managers

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. 

Leadership Development for Midlevel Managers
Thursday, January 26, 2017, 10:00am - 2:00pm  
Program Description: Mid-level managers and supervisors are often faced with leadership challenges related to changing roles and responsibilities. Participants will explore and practice leadership skills designed to assist them through this transition.

Presenters: David Meyers, MSW & Brendan Leahy, Ed.D.
Location: United Methodist Children's Home, 500 S. Columbia Dr, Decatur 30030

Cost for training and lunch: $85 (TG members receive complimentary registration--email office@gahsc.org to request code.)  link to registration 
Contact office@gahsc.org

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


January 12 at 10:00am - Family Foster Care Chapter - CCS
►SIGN UP January 18  - Together Georgia Day at the Capitol - click here to sign up
January 19 at 10:00am - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter - Family Ties
April 25 & 26 -  Annual Executive Retreat, WinShape
October 25-27 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families, Augusta - website: www.georgiachild.org

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


2016 Georgia Conference on Children and Families (Please provide evaluation on the session that you attended.)

Archived:  TG Salary Survey:  The 2016 survey is now closed.  Click here to view results (You will need to download the document and open it to view all of the columns.)


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. )

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