Weekly Update February 17, 2017


As you know Together Georgia members have been meeting with legislators to try and get both parity for the private provider foster homes and receive on average a 6.46% rate increase for CPA and CCI providers (based on level and current rates).  At this time we need all CPA and CCI members to continue to contact your legislators - House Representative and Senator.

Please ask them to support rate increase for foster parents recruited by DFCS or the CPAs.  This rate increase for DFCS foster homes in the proposed Governor's budget was requested to be 57 percent (this increase was based on the daily cost of raising a child as determined by the USDA).

Ask them to also include a 6.46 percent rate increase for residential child caring institutions (CCIs) and applicable Child Placement Agencies (CPAs).  This costs approximately $6 mm in state funds and 1 mm in federal funds. Each percent costs about $1.15mm total.  This was the recommendation in DFCS's analysis of what providers are currently underpaid.

This week members' efforts to have the proposed budget enhanced to include rate increases for private providers have been heard and at this time partially acted upon.  The recommendations made by the various House Appropriations Sub-committees to the Governor’s FY 18 budget and beyond included:

  • 28.15.2 Increase funds for Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) foster parent per diem by 57% (House: Increase DFCS foster parent rates by $10). House recommendation is for $10,722,897 in increased state funds.
  • 28.15.4 Increase funds for the first installment of a two-year plan to increase relative foster care provider per diem by $10.  House recommendation is for $14,924,850 in state funds.
  • 28.15.5 Increase funds for the first installment of a two-year plan to increase Child Placing Agencies (CPA) foster parent per diem rates by $10.  House recommendation is for $5,255,343 in state funds.
  • $430k was restored in NonQBE Formula Grants cut of $560k for RTCs with education programs. Also House added $125k for new position at DOE for someone to oversee RTCs funds and program.

Now our appropriations' efforts will need to be turned towards the Senate Appropriations Sub-committee as we try to get them to include our recommendations (including the 6.46% rate increase) in their budget proposal.  We will let you know when Senate hearings will be and if public comments will be heard.

As a point of clarification, the recommendations that came out of the House Appropriations Subcommittees this week primarily focused on creating parity with the 'pass through' increase payments to foster care homes (DFCS and CPA).  They did not recommend any rate increases for CCI or CPA. Even though we have repeatedly shared DFCS's analysis that recommended a 6.46% rate increase for the next three years. Our last chance to get this rate increase added to the proposed fy 18 Governor’s budget will be in the Senate Subcommittee which Senator Unterman of Gwinnett, chairs. We will keep you informed of any upcoming hearings.

Please look over the updated legislative matrix as there are many newly introduced bills that have wide ranging implications for children, youth and families.  Let us know if you need more information on any of these bills or any not listed.  legislative matrix 20170217

Also linked are handouts from the February 16, 2017 Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter meeting that include 2017 legislative session bills of interest to Behavioral Health providers:

2017 Legislative Session and House Study Committee on Mental Illness Initiative, Reform, Public Health and Safety Report 2016

The future of Medicaid funding in Georgia - Georgians for a Healthy Future



Provider Watch February 15, 2017  - Mandatory webinar for RBWO site directors and GA+SCORE maintainers
Welfare Watch February 15, 2017 - One Final Act of Love

Daily Update February 15, 2017 - Medicaid to Age 26 for Foster Youth
Daily Update February 14, 2017 - Transforming Foster Parenting chat 2/14/17
Daily Update February 13, 2017 - Casey Family Programs report 2016 


Effective Teams and Collaboration

Together Georgia Provider Alliance in collaboration with The University of Georgia J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development offers the following training.  

Effective Teams and Collaboration
►NEXT WEEK Thursday, February 23, 2017, 10:00am - 2:00pm  
Program Description: Working together is crucial to ensure the best outcomes for children in care. This interactive session will help participants identify their personal styles, understand how their work preferences may impact others, and identify methods to improve professional and client relationships.
Presenters: David Meyers, MSW & Brendan Leahy, Ed.D.
Location: The Vashti Center, 1815 E. Clay Street Thomasville, GA 31792
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


March 9 - Family Foster Care Chapter 10:00am at 4487 Park Drive, Ste A, Norcross, GA  30093
March 16 - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter 10:00am at 270 Carpenter Dr. Ste 400, Sandy Springs, GA  30328
REGISTRATION OPEN April 25 & 26 -  Annual Executive Retreat, WinShape
SPONSOR REGISTRATION NOW OPENOctober 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/- 


The next Practice Matters meeting is scheduled April 13 at Hephzibah in Macon--additional details will be forthcoming. 


►due March 8
To: Together Georgia member CPAs

Please note below an opportunity to recognize one of your foster parents via the Foster Caregivers of the Year Award.

Together Georgia will select one winner from our member agencies to forward to Shaun Johnson. DFCS is expecting a winner from members from each organization (Together Georgia, FFTA, MAAC, and GATS) which allows them to recognize four CPAs foster caregivers.

Together Georgia created a link in Survey Monkey to collect nominations.  Please respond no later than March 8. Thank you. 


The luncheon is scheduled May 23.  Also note, if your nominee is selected, we will need a high-resolution quality photograph to forward to DFCS. 

► hosts still needed
To: Together Georgia member agency directors
Together Georgia is invited to continue to participate in the DFCS Road Shows. Previous TG members who have hosted the Road Show provider meetings include WinShape, Twin Cedars, Necco, Bethany, CarePartnersHephzibah, and Georgia Baptist.
Please note, the following dates/locations for the 2017 meetings and let us know of your availability to host.   
  • April 25-28 – Statesboro/Region 12 (Broken Shackle)
  • May 22-26 – Columbus/Region 8 (Bethany Christian Services)
  • June 12-16 –​ ​Blue Ridge/Region 1
  • August 21-25 – Atlanta/ Region 14 (Hillside)
  • September 25-29 –​ ​Douglasville/Region 3 (Youth Villages)
  • October 16-20 –​Valdosta/Region 11
  • November 13-17 –Augusta/ Region 7
​The provider meeting is typically the second day beginning at approx. 1:30PM. (Unfortunately, you will see that April is double booked--the Together Georgia Annual Executive Retreat is also scheduled April 25 & 26.)​

Please let us know of your interest ASAP. Thank you. 


- YouthToday Grants - click here to see available grants on website 
- Grant Station Insider  - Volume XV | Issue 24 | June 16, 2016


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42700-DHS0000255 Homestead Support Services HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF Mar 15, 2017 Open



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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