Weekly Update June 10, 2016

Staying Up To Date So You Don't Fall Behind

Are you keeping your eyes on all the many issues challenging your organization?  Whether a community based provider, CCI or CPA you need to continue to refine your nimbleness.  A few of the current issues I hope you are watching and preparing for include: the DOL Revisions of OT which are now scheduled to go into effect on December 1, the Families First Act language that could come out of the US House before their July 15th summer recess and the strong emphasis on kinship care.  

Of course there are many other issues impacting your decision-making such as new leadership in several provider relationship positions at DFCS and DBHDD.  With these challenges also come opportunities.  Some of these opportunities are a result of law changes and state entities moving to more best practices like DJJ seeking more placements to transition youth out of their RYDs and YDCs.  

Much of the success of any services provider is about doing the right work with the right folks at the right time, getting the right outcomes and then getting the right reimbursement.  As leaders you must be constantly focused on all the parts of this equation.  Like it or not this amazing time lends itself to the needed transformation of our work that many of you are dedicated to carrying out.  The ever growing practice knowledge we all have readily at our disposal linked to the ever improving technology aids us in this pursuit.  Daily we are attempting to give you a wide array of information which hopefully you can utilize.  Please let us know how Together Georgia can best assist you as you elevate the child/youth/family services in our state.    

Ron Scroggy

Be a Hopegiver!

REMINDER: Connecting with Legislators

Agencies are encouraged to schedule time with their legislators.  It’s important to develop and maintain positive relationships with your legislators; Summer and Fall afford time to connect while they are out of session back in their districts. Cultivating these relationships will help later when we need to reach out to legislators with critical issues and concerns.

Legislators often take time to meet with constituents in their districts during the legislative recess. Offering a tour with first-hand perspective of your agency provides legislators an opportunity to better understand our work in child welfare and dispel misconceptions.

Also, take opportunity to support your legislator’s community meetings within your district. Remember to invite them to your special events and take/share pictures via local media and social media.


Welfare Watch June 9, 2016 Scholarships - Accepting Applications in June - Early College & Achieve Atlanta Scholarships Included

Daily Update June 10, 2016 - FFTA Webinar, IARCA Outcome Measures Project
Daily Update June 10, 2016 - Reframing: Communication Tip #2
Daily Update June 8, 2016 - Home in 5 Meeting 6/9/16
Daily Update June 7, 2016 - Unemployment & HR Liability Control 101
Daily Update June 6, 2016  - Gwinnett Youth Town Hall

Member Calendar - http://togetherga.net/index.php/events/list-by-month/month.calendar/2016/06/27/-

June 16 at 10am - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter meeting at Family Ties, 270 Carpenter Dr. Ste 400, Sandy Springs 30328
July 14 at 10am - Family Foster Care Chapter meeting at Creative Community Services, 4487 Park Dr. Ste A, Norcross 30093
Save the Date
November 2-4, 2016 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families   sponsorship opportunities 
►NEW January 18, 2017 Together Georgia Day at the Capitol
 2017 Executive Retreat April 25 & 26

Training Update May 26, 2016
August 25, 10:00am-2:00pm, LaGrange - Principles of Effective Behavior Management           
September 22, 10:00am-2:00pm, Athens- Secondary Trauma

REMINDER: Mandatory Infant Safe to Sleep Training 

Dear Providers, 

The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) in partnership with the Georgia State University School of Social Work Professional Excellence Program, Department of Public Health and The Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel is proud to announce our first division wide Infant Safe to Sleep Initiative! DFCS staff, contractors and providers will receive a variety of tools to support this effort including practice guidance, access to state and local resources and training to educate caretakers of children 12 months and younger, using best practices recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Infant sleep related deaths continue to be the leading cause of preventable deaths to children in Georgia. This partnership aims to create a public, unified awareness campaign that extends well beyond our agency.

For the Infant Safe to Sleep Initiative to be successful, all staff members, contractors and providers must have the knowledge, awareness and tools necessary to discuss safe sleep practices with caregivers of infants. These trainings must be completed by June 30, 2016. 

Thank you.

The Office of Provider Management

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. )

The 2016 survey is now closed.  Click here to view results

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The Georgia Conference on Children and Families  - November 2-4, 2016