Weekly Update June 17, 2016

DHS Alert 
NEW►DHS Alert - Water and Heat Safety

Provider Watch June 16, 2016  - DHS Alert - Water and Heat Safety
Provider Watch June 13, 2016  - Twin Cedars Youth Services, Inc. is Stewards Leaderboard Wining Organization

Daily Update June 17, 2016 - Family First Act markup 
Daily Update June 15, 2016  - HR 5456, Family First Act
Daily Update June 14, 2016 - How Can You Help a Youth in Foster Care?
Daily Update June 13, 2016  - Bipartisan House, Senate Leaders Announce Proposed Child Welfare Legislation - Ways and Mean
Daily Update June 13, 2016 - Element of Effective Practice for Children and Youth served by Therapeutic Residential Care

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

July 14 at 10am - Family Foster Care Chapter meeting at Creative Community Services, 4487 Park Dr. Ste A, Norcross 30093
July 21 at 10am - Family Preservation/Mental Health Provider Chapter meeting at Family Ties, 270 Carpenter Dr. Ste 400, Sandy Springs 30328
Save the Date
November 2-4, 2016 - Georgia Conference on Children and Families   sponsorship opportunities 
January 18, 2017 - Together Georgia Day at the Capitol
April 25 & 26, 2017 -  Annual Executive Retreat, WinShape

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

NEW►REMINDER: Updated process for RBWO Foundations e-Learning Registration

Dear Providers:

The process for registering staff for the e-Learning component of the RBWO Foundations training has changed. Beginning June 2016, provider staff must register for this component through GA+SCORE. To register, log into GA+SCORE, click on the name of the staff person on the orange Staffing screen, move to the purple RBWO Foundations screen, and click the new "Register Staff Member for E-Learning" button. Onscreen instructions will help you to complete all required fields. This process replaces the form that was posted publicly on the homepage of gascore.com.

Once the registration is submitted, the student and supervisor will receive an email documenting the registration. A second confirmation email containing the start and end date and instructions will be sent when the registration is reviewed and approved, typically within a few business days. Staff have 90 days to complete the full e-Learning component and upload the Block Supervision Forms into GA+SCORE. 

As a reminder, staff hired prior to 7/1/2016 have six months to complete both the e-Learning and Classroom components of Foundations. Staff hired on or after 7/1/2016 have four months to complete e-Learning and Classroom. 

Details about RBWO Foundations are available in the RBWO: Foundations Standards Guide. Answers to some frequently asked questions:

  • Who is required to take this training? This training is for new staff in the roles of Case Support Worker (CSW), Case Support Supervisor (CSS), Human Services Professional (HSP), and Life Coach (LC).
  • Is RBWO Foundations open to staff in other roles? No. OPM provides this training for the above roles only.
  • Does the staff member need a GA+SCORE user account to register for Foundations? No. Anyone with a user account can register a staff person for Foundations; staff do not need to be given accounts to register themselves. However, the registration cannot be submitted unless the staff member is listed on the orange Staffing screen and has a complete purple Profile screen (name, contact information, RBWO role, etc.).

For questions about using GA+SCORE to submit the registration, please contact Care Solutions at support@gascore.com. For questions about RBWO Foundations requirements or content, please contact OPM's training group at opmtraining@dhs.ga.gov.

Thank you.

The Office of Provider Management

Department of Juvenile Justice - Multi-Systemic Therapy Program - 46100-DJJ0000224 - Event Closing Date July 15, 2016
Macon Bibb County Commissioners - Juvenile Incentive Program - 16-061-KMB - Event Closing Date June 30, 2016
YouthToday Grants - click here to see available grants on website 
Grant Station Insider  - Volume XV | Issue 24 | June 16, 2016

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.

Helpful Tips

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