Weekly and Legislative Updates February 5, 2016 

SALARY SURVEY  extended - response from each agency is needed ASAP.   TG members are requesting updated information, which depends on response from each agency. The current number (7 agencies) is too low to be meaningful.  The individual results will be confidential and sorted for distribution. 

The survey is linked at  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FTKRY5T 

Welfare Watch January 29, 2016 - Georgia Child Fatality Review


Legislative Update

We have hit full stride in the legislative session as numerous bills are being dropped daily. This week six of our members spoke at the the House Appropriations Human Resources Subcommittee requesting that funds be added to the FY 2017 budget for CCI and CPA rate increases.  There will be no public comment at the House subcommittee meeting Monday (2/8) at 2:00 in room 341 at the Capitol. However you are welcome to come join me at the hearing and listen to DFCS field questions about the budget. Our next opportunity to make our push for rate increases will be when the Senate subcommittee meets. We will let you know about that opportunity as soon as we know.

Those of you with school programs can still sign up to speak at the Appropriations Education Subcommittee hearing on Monday at 2:00, which will be held in room 606 at CLOB.

Please review the many bills in the weekly legislative matrix and let us know if you need additional information or desire to be present in a related hearing.  HB 696 is Rep. Welch's bill regarding criminal background checks for staff required by various state agencies.  HB 905 calls for some changes in provisions of the Child Abuse Registry.

Also, of interest to you may be the brand new Georgia Child Services Agency Guide. You can download a copy at this link:

Daily Update February 4, 2016 - NEWS & UPDATES - Changes for child abuse cases|  Data Breach l Prioritized Placements
Member  Update February 4, 2016 - Together Georgia President recognized at the GPHSA Legislative Reception 
Daily Update February 3, 2016 - Triad official position on Family First Act
Daily Update February 2, 2016 -  TG Members Training – EFFECTIVE TEAMS & COLLABORATION 2/25/2016
Daily Update February 2, 2016 - Voices for Georgia's Children Legislative update
Daily Update February 1, 2016 - A national effort for 'victims' rights' legislation is headed to Georgia

Calendar of Events

NEXT WEEK February 11, 2016 10:00AM - Family Foster Care Chapter meeting, hosted at CCS, 4487 Park Dr. Ste A, Norcross 30093 - Confirmed guest:                 Tracy Jacobs, CAPS  
February 16, 2016 1:00PM - CCI Chapter meeting at 50 Hurt Plaza, Ste 1555, Atlanta 30303 - Confirmed guest: Bobby Cagle, DFCS Director
February 18, 2016 10:00AM- Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter meeting hosted at Family Ties, 
270 Carpenter Drive, Suite 400, Sandy               Springs 30328 - Invited guests: David Newton, Beacon Health and Angela Coulon, DFCS

Mark Your Calendar

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

Training Opportunities

February 25, 2016 10:00AM - Effective Teams & Collaboration training hosted at CCS, 4487 Park Dr. Ste A, Norcross 30093*
 10, 2016 10:00AM - Tele-health training for clinicians - registration coming soon
March 31, 2016 10:00AM - Mid-Manager Leadership Development, hosted at Vashti, 1815 E. Clay Street, Thomasville 31792*
March 24, 2016 10:00AM - Tele-health training for clinicians - registration coming soon
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:


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