Weekly and Legislative Updates March 11, 2016

Together Georgia Executive Retreat April 26 & 27

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The State of ‘Partnershipping’
Partnershipping and all the meaning associated with it will be the continued focal point for this year’s exciting executive retreat. Together Georgia continues to pursue improving working relationships as we strengthen our partnerships. The two days will be full of opportunities for you and your senior staff to engage in meaningful conversations with leaders in our state and nation.Your Executive Retreat is designed to create a positive atmosphere where thought leaders in a relaxed setting can engage in meaningful and productive dialogue with our members in an effort to improve collaboration and practices for those we collectively serve.

Confirmed Guests

  • FFTA Lobbyist, Laura Boyd (national update via live webinar) 
  • Together Georgia lobbyists, Stan Jones and Helen Sloat 
  • GCN strategic planning consultant, Jeanne Ward
  • State Leaders: DBHDD- Dante McKay and Jewell Gooding; DHS-Commissioner Crittenden and DFCS Driector Bobby Cagle; RCCL- Carol Winstead;  DJJ-Joe Vignati, Theo Carter, and Keith Horton; and Ga Families 360º -Earlie Rockette.
  • Breakout sessions presented by Angela Coulon, Lee Biggar, Dr. Greenbaum and Ron Scroggy 

We are asking our guest to come prepared to have conversation with us and we Together Georgia members to also come and share your ideas on how we can be better partners for the sake of the Georgia’s children and families.   And of course, there will be ample opportunities to network with your colleagues in the relaxed comfortable WinShape Retreat Center. We know you will leave the retreat both encouraged about the future as well as rested to better face tomorrow’s challenges.

 Registration required:   Please note there is a per person registration fee of $100 plus $90 for overnight lodging.   

STRATEGIC PLANNING - The Wheels are Turning

Georgia Center for Nonprofits consultants have been working with Ron Scroggy and TG members since the 2015 Executive Retreat to identify  Assumptions along with goals, and objectives for each Assumption. We are now in the process of identifying Key Performance Indicators and fleshing out a plan for each Assumption.  

  • Sally Buchanan, CCS - Mission 1.1 Assumption: There is a need for service providers to better align services with Georgia’s client needs in a changing landscape of children and family services.
  • Kate Cantrell, Youth Villages - Mission 1.2 Assumption: Funding and provider selection is becoming more outcome based and research-informed.
  • Ron Scroggy, Together Georgia -  Internal Process 2.1: Together Georgia needs to present as a unified and preeminent voice for all member organizations by encouraging proactive and reactive efforts and relationships with all those who influence policy.
  • Sheri Cody, Twin Cedars - Internal Process 2.2: Together Georgia needs to be of value to support member organizations' needs and equip them through a wide variety of offerings (for example: sharing best practices, education, conducting chapter meetings).John Blend, Goshen Valley - Organizational Capital Assumption 3.1: Together Georgia needs to maintain strong leadership to drive our organization with special attention to: (1) relationships with external stakeholders, including government; (2) ability to connect organizations; and (3) possible disruption assumed in transition.
  • VACANT Organizational Capital Assumption 3.2: Board strength and alignment with the strategy of the organization can be further developed.
  • Ron Scroggy, Together Georgia Capital Assumption 3.3: We need more internal capacity to run Together Georgia effectively (staff, interns).
  • Carolyn Fjeran, Together Georgia - Financial Assumption 4.1: More money and diversification (e.g. earned income, corporate sponsors/affinity partners, and 501(c)(3) founding) of funding resources is needed to support the work of Together Georgia.
  • Nicole Aldred, Transitional Family Services - Financial Assumption 4.2: Membership growth will drive increased revenue.

Each champion will be working with designated committee members. Potential committee members were previously identified and champions might be reaching out to you - we welcome additional participation Please let us know of your interest in participating.  We especially need some one to champion Capital Assumption 3.2. read more


Last Monday was crossover day which meant any bill that is going to be considered must have passed successfully out of one legislative body and into the other.  The linked legislative matrix now contains only those bills that did cross over, making it much shorter than it had been in previous weeks. Of bills of note that did not crossover were HBs – 684, 713, 790, 915, 963, 974, 961, 999 and 1071.  This does not necessarily mean that none of the issues in these bills are dead as some components of some of these may end up as addendums to other active bills.  We suspect that may be the case with HB 915, regarding consolidated scorecards for providers, and HB 974 that had to do with foster youth getting drivers’ permits. Sen. Unterman’s SB 3, Supporting and Strengthening Families Act has been revitalized and was heard in several committees.  It has incorporated several recommendations from the version first dropped last year.  If these changes are adopted it will be supported by both OCA and DFCS. Several CPA members are also working with Rep. Abrams and Rep Efstration on trying to get a wavier provision on minor offenses on a relative’s background check added to one of the surviving kinship care bills.Please let us know if you require any additional information on these or any other piece of legislation. legislative matrix 

Bill tracking from TG intern, Jamey Hitchcock

Legislative Update- Week of: 3/7/16
Senate Bill 331
-Priority for GA Right to Life: protect children in the womb
-Civil, not criminal, action bill
-Question: If rapist’s rights are terminated, how will rapist pay for child support?
-Create a new civil definition of the term rape for this bill, so as to formerly allow these types of cases to be a civil case


TG MEMBERS ONLYdvanced registration for Advanced Issues in Supervisory Ethics 4/1/16
Daily Update March 11, 2016 AFP Atlanta Chapter March Meeting Reminder 3/15/16
Please Share! - Provider Update March 9, 2016 - Practice Matters, We Can't Do it Without You
Daily Update March 9, 2016 - nsoro Foundation College Bound 2016 Summer Camp Program
Daily Update March 9,  2016 - Families First Act Power Point
Please Share! - Daily Update March 9, 2016 - Practice Matters, We Can't Do it Without You
Daily Update March 8, 2016 - Senate set to pass record budget
Daily Update March 8, 2016 - CWLA Children's Monitor 3/7/16
Daily Update March 8, 2016 - Strengthening Families Webinar on RME 3/10/16
Training Update March 7, 2016 -  Mid-Manager Leadership Development 3/31/16


Member Calendar
NEXT WEEK March 17, 2016 10:00AM- Family Foster Care Chapter hosted at CCS,CCS, 4487 Park Dr. Ste A, Norcross 30093
NEXT WEEK 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 and Lamar Smith
                         March 22, 2016 1:00PM - CCI Chapter, 50 Hurt Plaza, Ste 1045, Atlanta 30303
                         April 26 & 27, 2016 -  Executive Retreat - WinShape Retreat 

Save the Date
November 2-4, 2016 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families   sponsorship opportunities - CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS


Together Georgia:

March 24, 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*
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:


March 24, 2016 - Supporting and Understanding LGBTQ Youth


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. 

 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 (20 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 

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