Weekly and Legislative Updates March 25, 2016 

Please note the following training also satisfies the 6 hour telehealth training requirement.  Registration remains open.  

Advanced Issues in Supervisory Ethics: The Ethical Provision of Teleconferencing Based Supervision and Supervision for the Ethical Use of E-communications

Instructor:Charles D. Safford, LCSW, President, yourceus.com.
Date and Time: Friday, April 1, 2016  -9:45am-4:30pm
Location:  UMCH 500 S. Columbia Dr., Decatur GA 30030
Cost: $100 (50% discount offered to TG members)
CEUs  applied for  - 6 hours LMSW and LPC

Presenting a one-day, six-hour ethics conference in advanced supervisory ethics. This conference will address 1) the ethical complexities of providing supervision via teleconferencing, including technical and security issues related to the protection of client privacy and confidentiality under HIPAA and the Hi-Tech Act of 2010, and 2)  a detailed overview of privacy concerns and solutions in the era of e-communications so that supervisors are prepared to instruct their supervisees in the legal and ethical use of smart phones, email and other emerging modes of communication in ways that meet guidelines under HIPAA and the Hi-Tech Act of 2010. This program has been designed to provide 3 hours of training for LCSW and LMFT supervisors who wish to supervise via teleconferencing, six hours of supervisory ethics to meet the ethics requirements towards the CPCS for professional counseling supervision, and the ethics requirements for all licensees seeking relicensure. This training will include experiential exercises and scenario analysis to integrate the legal knowledge into ethical practice, facilitated by Charles D. Safford, LCSW, President, yourceus.com.

link to registration 

Together Georgia Executive Retreat April 26 & 27 AT WinShape Retreat  - REGISTER today at ‚Äčhttps://www.regonline.com/er20150426

2016 Executive Retreat

WinShape Retreat


10:30 am        Board Meeting                   
12:00              Lunch

1:00-1:30pm     WinShape Welcome and Membership Meeting
                       - Welcome new members
                       - Introduce new member agency directors 
                       - Board member recognition
                       - Election of Board of Directors               
1:30-2:00pm   State of Together Georgia, Ron Scroggy and John Blend
2:00-2:30pm   Legislative Update, Stan Jones and Helen Sloat
2:30-3:00pm   Strategic Planning Update, Jeanne Ward
3:00-3:15pm    Break
3:15 pm    Breakout Sessions
                  A – Angela Coulon (policy)
                  B – Transformation Conversation, Ron Scroggy, Jeanne Ward and Tommy Pearce    
                  C – Overview of DFCS Practice Model, Lee Biggar 
                  D – Dr. Greenbaum  (trauma)   
5:00-5:30pm    Check-in – networking
5:30-6:30pm     Dinner
6:30-8:00pm    Around the Grounds – optional tour and other activities
8:00-10pm       Firebowl Break – networking with partners


7:30-8:30am     Breakfast
9:00-9:45am   National Update, Laura Boyd, FFTA (video session)
9:45am -12:15pm State Leaders: DBHDD- Dante McKay and Jewell Gooding; DHS-Commissioner Crittenden and DFCS Director Bobby Cagle; RCCL- Carol Winstead;  DJJ-Joe Vignati, Theo Carter, and Keith Horton; and Ga Families 360º -Earlie Rockette.
12:15 -12:30am: Closing Remarks
12:30        Lunch


The session came to an end (Sine Die) shortly after midnight on Thursday, March 24th.  Though much attention was given to the Religious Freedom (bill awaits the Governor’s decision to sign or not) and the Campus Carry Gun bill it was a fairly quite session for child welfare issues.  The budget passed includes raises for state staff, including teachers, and rate increase for providers reflecting a positive trend in state revenues.  

HB 905, primarily dealing with child abuse protocols and provisions, passed unanimously and does contain the language previously in HB 915 – “The Department of Human Services, in conjunction with other affected agencies and representatives of child welfare agencies, shall establish a child welfare agency public scorecard to score child welfare agencies.”

Kinship and fictive care did get a lot of attention during the session.  Prior to this year you would be hard press to find many pieces of legislation on this issue.  HB 962, requiring DFCS to provide a kinship care enforcement administrator passed.  In addition HB 887, relating to dependency proceedings and termination of parental rights, respectively, so as to prioritize the placement of a child with a relative who is an adult or fictive kin when such individual is qualified to care for such child and it is in the best interests of the child, passed on the final day.  This bill also contains the modified language of SB 3 (which did not get a vote), allowing “a parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a child, by a properly executed power of 45 attorney provided in Code Section 19-9-150, may delegate to a kinship caregiver residing 46 in this state caregiving authority regarding his or her child for a period not to exceed one year.”

A substitute to SB 331, establishing grounds for loss of parental rights when a parent has caused a child to be conceived as a result of nonconsensual sexual intercourse with the mother or when the mother is less than 10 years old passed both legislative bodies.  Also passing was HB 874, relating to street gang terrorism.  Rep. Dempsey’s bill 1070, relating to adoption, so as to permit the department to use certain information in the department's records concerning the adopted child's biological parents, passed.

Please see linked updated legislative matrix for updates on all the bills we have been following and let us know if you need any additional information.



Member Calendar

All April chapter meetings are canceled in deference to the Executive Retreat scheduled April 26 & 27

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


NEXT WEEK March 31, 2016 10:00AM - Mid-Manager Leadership Developmenthosted at Vashti, 1815 E. Clay Street, Thomasville 31792*

NEXT WEEK April 1, 2016 10:00 AM - Advanced Issues in Supervisory Ethics:The Ethical Provision of Teleconferencing Based Supervision and Supervision for the Ethical Use of E-communications , hosted at UMCH, 500 S. Columbia Dr. Decatur 30030

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:



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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