Weekly and Legislative Updates February 12, 2016 

Hello, everyone! I am Jamey Hitchcock, Together Georgia’s newest intern for this Spring. To start off, I am passionate about non-profit agencies, as my personal interest is in creating change for the homeless community and youth without families locally and internationally. I also have a passion for anything music related, as I play guitar, and I would call myself a coffee connoisseur. I am currently a sophomore in college and in the process of transferring from the University of Central Florida (in Orlando) to either the University of Georgia or Georgia State. Currently, my intended major is in Social Work with a minor in Psychology, which I am in the process of finishing with online courses at Central Florida. I am interested in the Social Work field due to my experience in the foster care system as a child for the first ten years of my life. I went through approximately eight different foster homes in six different states ending in Florida, where my younger brother and I were adopted at ages six and ten. Throughout these experiences of transitioning between my biological family and foster families, I have gained the longing to help those who are currently in my past situation, or worse. I would love to one day help give a voice to the many children who currently do not have a loving family or stable support system as each child deserves such stability. As an intern, just starting off, I have intentions of learning the ins and outs of the system through Together Georgia and the supporting providers who pour their heart and hard work into the lives of these children. I also intend to create an impact that could potentially better the lives of the foster youth by speaking to them and learning what their needs are and what resources they need most, in hopes of creating a louder voice that could affect the minds of those involved in the system, their foster parents, and anyone else who provides for their best interest and needs. Thank you for this incredible opportunity!

Together Georgia welcomes Jamey Hitchock as our 2016 Spring intern.  

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 (11 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 


Legislative Update

This week continued to be extremely busy at the Capitol.  Numerous bills were dropped regarding kinship care (HB 961, 962 and 963) by Sen. Abrams.  Our intern, Jamey Hitchcock is following several of those as well as other pertinent bills and her briefs on them will be included in upcoming reports.  HB 974 was introduced by Rep Oliver and addresses application for driver's licenses for children in state custody.  Please review the current matrix for a full listing of all child, youth and family related bills.  Let us know if you need any additional information on these or other pieces of legislation. 

As with past weeks we spent much time with the House Appropriations Subcommittees (Human Resources and Education).  Our focus in education has been to maintain funding that supports our members who have schools as a part of their services. 

I attended the Human Resources Subcommittee hearing Monday, spoke directly with Chairperson Demsey Tuesday evening and spent all day Thursday meeting with all members of the committee regarding our request for funds to be added to the FY 17 budget for rate increases for CCIs and CPAs. 

With our lobbyist, Helen Sloat, assistance I had individual meetings lasting up to 45 minutes with several members including Reps. Epps, Henson and Howard.  I was also able to have brief conversations with Reps. Benton and Broadrick.  It seems there is much support for our request.  The decision-making meetings for this committee will probably be early next week.  If you serve one of these Representatives’ regions please reach out to them and let them know the importance of this increase.

House Bill 713 Update- 2/11/16

-Voting will be taken place for this bill next week

-Representatives looking favorably towards Do-Pass

-Federal Level has similar favorable outlooks towards this idea, allowing money in the budget to go towards investigations into rape-victim cases

-Controversy over defining when rapist rights can be terminated: between clear and convincing evidence to terminate father’s parental rights or a clear conviction

-33 states with similar bill to HB 713, 10 states have Bill that states clear and convincing evidence to terminate father’s rights, the rest have a clear conviction

-Will this bill truly change the situation for rape victims who conceive a child, how will this protect the child and mother?- to truly make sure this bill lowers the threshold for rapists rights

legislative matrix 02.11.2016

Daily Update February 12, 2016 - Community Service Opportunity website, JustServe
Daily Update February 10, 2016 - RFP Family Violence Intervention Program for CC, GA
Daily Update February 10, 2016—NEWS,  UPDATES and training— Family First Act | HB 934 | Kinship | Children's Monitor | Child Welfare Outcomes
Daily Update February 9, 2016 - Proposed Georgia laws could help grandparents raise grandchildren
Daily Update February 8, 2016 - Discussion in DC
Daily Update February 6, 2016 - RFP for Wraparound Services Liaison Provider
Daily Update February 5, 2016 - Together Georgia welcomes new Intern, Jamey Hitchcock

Calendar of Events

NEXT WEEK February 16, 2016 1:00PM - CCI Chapter meeting at 50 Hurt Plaza, Ste 1555, Atlanta 30303 - Confirmed guest: Bobby Cagle, DFCS Director
NEXT WEEKFebruary 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   sponsorship opportunities

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 - 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 - 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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