Weekly Update January 6, 2017

Happy New Year

Hello Member,

The older I get the quicker the years seem to fly by.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready to face 2017 with a determination to continue the good fight to improve child and family welfare in Georgia.  Last year saw much in the way of enhancing our partnership with the various state entities.  Members continued to host the DFCS road shows around the state further demonstrating our support of their work.  From co-facilitating Practice Matters meetings in Macon to actively participating in a variety of DFCS advisory groups (including; Prudent Parenting, Practice Model and Training) providers enjoyed many interactive opportunities with DFCS leadership.  This culminated in the all day meeting at Goshen in December to discuss specifically how we could continue to improve our private-public working relationship.  In addition, we had a record attendance at our fall GCCF conference in Augusta. 

Other relationships were further nourished.  I continue to participate monthly at the Inter-Departmental Directors Team meetings with DBHDD, DHS, DJJ, DOE, DPH, DCH and others including the Carter Center and CDC.  We began to have monthly leadership meetings with DJJ this past year which opened up opportunities for several providers to expand services to their population.  These discussions are also shedding much light on practices and polices that should be examined for possible modification so providers and DJJ can achieve better outcomes. 

For 2017 we will continue to advocate for enhanced CPA and CCI rates during the legislative session.  We will also work to expand covered MH services and better payments for all services provided by our family preservation members.  Our current chapter’s work groups’ efforts with all the CMOs ensure we are having input into all these type discussions and more.  We plan to expand our free trainings offered by UGA’s Fanning Institute this year. 

Under the leadership of our Board Chair, Karl Lehman the search committee will work with the Georgia Center for Nonprofits to select my successor.  It is planned to have the new Executive Director for Together Georgia selected by my retirement at the end of May.  All in all it is going to be an exciting year for all the providers of services to children, youth and families.  Please let me know how Together Georgia can best serve your organization’s needs. 

All the Best,


Daily Update January 6, 2017 - FY18 Contract Requirements
Daily Update January 5, 2017 - Georgia Families 360° Care Giver Helpline
Daily Update January 5, 2017 - DFCS Director Bobby Cagle selected as 2017- Notable Georgian by Georgia Trend Magazine
Daily Update January 4, 2017 - GA Child Welfare Legal Academy entitled CHINS
Daily Update January 3, 2017 - Three brothers receive holiday blessing


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


►NEXT WEEK 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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