Daily Update February 10, 2016—NEWS,  UPDATES and training— Family First Act | HB 934 | Kinship | Children's Monitor | Child Welfare Outcomes

Family First Act A public statement of support for the Family First Act to go before the Senate Finance Committee - ‚ÄčFamily First Act Public Statement from Keeping Kids in Families 

HB 934, by Rep. Tom Kirby (R-Loganville), authorizes in O. C.G.A. § 49-1-8 the Department of Human Services to provide a separate link or portal on its website to provide kinship caregivers (e.g. grandparent, aunt, uncle, great aunt, great uncle, cousin, sibling, or close family friend of a child who "has assumed responsibility for raising such child in an informal, noncustodial, or guardianship capacity upon the parents of such child losing or abdicating the ability to care for or provide basic necessities for such child") with information and access necessary to apply for public assistance benefits for children in their care (under the ages of 18). 

View "Legislation could ease kinship care woes" article at http://tablet.olivesoftware.com/Olive/Tablet/AtlantaJournalConstitution/SharedArticle.aspx?href=AJC%2F2016%2F02%2F09&id=Ar02101

CWLA Children's Monitor
Inside CWLA Children's Monitor February 8, 2016 (Budget, Child Care, Residential Care)

  • Budget Due On Tuesday
  • Chapin-Hall Report Urges
  • Forum Focuses On Pay For Success
  • Stabenow/Blunt Bill Would Expand Demos On Mental Health Parity
  • Child Care Expansion and Quality Improvements Bill Unveiled
  • Education Regulations Next Step
  • Human Resources Subcommittee With New Chair and Faces
  • CWLA Continues Annual EITC Outreach

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Child Welfare Outcomes 2010-2013 is now available online

Child Welfare Outcomes 2010-2013: Report to Congress is the fourteenth in a series of reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (the Department). The publication is designed to inform Congress and professionals related to the child welfare field about national and State performance on several measures of outcomes for children served by child welfare systems throughout the country. The outcomes address the safety, permanency, and well-being of the children, and focus on widely accepted performance objectives for child welfare practice.

Child Welfare Outcomes 2010-2013 is solely available in electronic format. You can find the full report, along with a 10-page Executive Summary brochure, on the Children's Bureau website: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/cwo-10-13

Report data also can be found on the new Child Welfare Outcomes data site, which makes the latest data available for you to view in a variety of ways according to your needs: http://cwoutcomes.acf.hhs.gov/data

For more information, contact Child Welfare Information Gateway atinfo@childwelfare.gov or 1.800.394.3366.

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February 25, 2016 10:00AM - Effective Teams & Collaboration training hosted at CCS, 4487 Park Dr. Ste A, Norcross 30093*
March 10, 2016 10:00AM - Mental Health Ethics and the Provision of Telemental Services: A Detailed Overview for Mental Health Clinicians
March 31, 2016 10:00AM - Mid-Manager Leadership Development, hosted at Vashti, 1815 E. Clay Street, Thomasville 31792*
March 24, 2016 10:00AM - Mental Health Ethics and the Provision of Telemental Services: A Detailed Overview for Mental Health Clinicians
April 1, 2016 10:00 AM - Tele-health training for clinicians (to include supervision component)  - registration coming soon
April 21, 2016 10:00AM - Understanding the Health and Mental heath Care Needs of Children in Foster Care,  hosted at A Friend's House, 111 Henry                                                        Parkway, McDonough 30253*

*Registration for individuals:

Registration for organizations sending more than 2 or more individuals:

Relias Training

Child Welfare Staff:

Please find the attached flyer sharing the training resource Relias.  This is an online learning platform made available by Amerigroup and includes a variety of available courses including topics such as trauma and ADHD.

Please contact ga360trng@amerigroup.com with questions.

2016 Unspoken Wounds Conference: Winning the War Within

March 13-15, 2016 at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront

The conference aims to bring together hundreds from the public and private sectors, including the fields of behavioral health, veterans/military services, disability services, criminal justice, child welfare, education, law enforcement, and public health, to share their expertise and experience.  Sunday Pre-Conference Institutes will offer the opportunity for intensive learning sessions and demonstrations.  A special Celebration & Awards Gala will include awarding of the State Certificate of Honor to Georgia’s Vietnam Veterans. 

With the theme "Winning the War Within,” the agenda includes state and national keynote speakers/workshop presenters and concurrent sessions of nearly 50 topics.  We will be applying for CEU’s for counselors, social workers, marriage & family therapists, and addiction counselors for several of the Pre-Conference Institutes and for each day of the Conference.

Early bird registration is now open for the 2016 Unspoken Wounds Conference until February 12, 2016! Regular registration will be open from February 13 to March 1, 2016. 


PLEASE REGISTER AT https://DBHDD.cvent.com/2016_Unspoken_Wounds_Conference

A link to the announcement will be posted on the DBHDD training website at https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/training

Registration Questions? Please email ssu@cviog.uga.edu

Note to DBHDD Field Offices Regarding Distribution:

Please distribute this announcement to all DBHDD Field Office Staff, DBHDD Hospital Staff, and all Providers in your region.

 Mark Your Calendar

April 26 & 27, 2016 -  Executive Retreat - WinShape Retreat
November 2-4, 2016 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families

Salary Survey—results pending member agency responses— survey is linked at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FTKRY5T 

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