Weekly Update February 19, 2016 


SALARY SURVEY  remains open - response from each member agency is requested.   TG members are requesting updated salary survey information. We are inching along and need a significant number of responses in order to be meaningful (12 agencies responded to date). The individual results will be confidential and sorted for distribution. 

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


LEGISLATIVE NEWS THIS WEEK

  • Family First Act purportedly will not go to hearing in the US Senate Finance until June, September or December
  • Advocates were successful in repealing IRS planned rule that would have required non-profits to report to the IRS all financial contributors 
  • FFTA and colleagues are pushing for inclusion of Licensed Behavioral Health Professional (LBHP) as reimbursable professionals under Medicare
  • Human Resources Subcommittee proposed a 1.5 percent rate increase for CPA, CCI, foster care and relatives totaling $4.25 million (advocacy continues) 
  • HB 915 sponsored by Rep Welch did not make it through committee by default on Tuesday.This bill includes proposals around criminal background checks and provider scorecards.
  • Of interest to providers with residential schools, the education dollars were reduced by Rep Tom Dickson and Education Subcommittee Tuesday morning. 
  • Crossover Day in Georgia is February 29 - this is the deadline for a bill to pass through one Chamber (House or Senate) and crossover to the other Chamber for consideration. If a bill does not crossover, it will not pass this session. FYI - tracking bills through the General Assembly

    legislative matrix 02.11.2016 

UPDATES

Provider Watch  February 18, 2016 - Train-the-trainer Session for Providers who work with ILP eligible youth 2/25/16

Daily Update February 17, 2016 - Advocacy continues for provider enhancements
Daily Update February 15, 2016 - State agency admits problems in how it reviews child abuse cases


EVENTS


Member Calendar
TIME CHANGE  March 2, 2016 11:00AM - Faith-based Affinity Group working luncheon hosted at Christian City RSVP office@gahsc.org by February 26
DATE CHANGE March 17, 2016 10:00AM- Family Foster Care Chapter hosted at CCS,CCS, 4487 Park Dr. Ste A, Norcross 30093
                              March 17, 2016 10:00AM - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter hosted at Family Ties 270 Carpenter Dr, Ste 400,                                                                                                  Sandy Springs 30328 - Confirmed guests: David Newton, Beacon Health
                              March 22, 2016 1:00PM - CCI Chapter, 50 Hurt Plaza, Ste 1045, Atlanta 30303


Save the Date

April 26 & 27, 2016 -  Executive Retreat - WinShape Retreat - registration coming soon
November 2-4, 2016 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families   sponsorship opportunities


Training Opportunities

NEXT WEEK 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 24, 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*
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:
https://www.fanning.uga.edu/sites/default/files/tg_2016_registration_s1-s3_individual.pdf

Registration for organizations sending more than 2 or more individuals:
https://www.fanning.uga.edu/sites/default/files/tg_2016_registration_s1-s3_organization.pdf


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