Provider Watch - October 07, 2009 - News You Can Use

First Provider G Meeting  - Providers have long awaited the beginning of the Provider G Meetings to look at the data by which providers will be measured.  These Provider G Meetings will begin the development of outcomes that will be so important to all providers. The CCI Provider G will be on Monday October 19th from 1-4pm at 2 Peachtree on the 29th Floor in the DHS Board Room. The CPA Provider G will be on October 20th from 9-12 in the same location.  The State is using the same format for Provider G-Meeting as they did for the rollout of the public sector. They "perfect the process, the data, and implementation" before they roll it out to all providers.  All providers are encouraged to attend.  The 22 largest CCIs and 15 Largest CPAs are required to attend.  Click for more information.

Invitation to the Launch of Georgia's Raise Me Up Campaign - All providers are invited to this kickoff that will be at the Capitol on Wednesday October 14, 2009.  Invitation Below. Click for more information.

Statement of Governor Sonny Perdue Regarding the Release of this Year's Graduation Rate - Governor Perdue announces that Georgia has made significant progress increasing the number of students who graduate to nearly 80%. Click for more information.

Embrace Searches for New Director - Embrace, the foster parent support arm of State Government, is looking to hire a director that will report directly to the Fanning Institute of the University of Georgia Public Service and Outreach.  This announcement is linked below. Click for more information.

GAHSC Serves as a Clearinghouse for Mergers, Acquisitions and Partnerships for Agencies - In these changing and challenging times for providers, many agencies are looking for opportunities to merge, be acquired or partner with other agencies in the provision of services for children.  GAHSC is happy to assist agencies that are looking to acquire, be acquired or partner with other agencies in endeavors that serve children.  Contact Normer Adams at 404.572.6170 if you have these interest.  Several agencies have contacted GAHSC looking for these opportunities.  .

Resource Center Launched to Support Implementation of Federal Child Welfare Law - Today is the first anniversary of the passage of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, the most comprehensive and significant federal reforms to child welfare in over a decade.  A coalition of child welfare, adoption, healthcare, and education leaders announced today a new national resource center to support implementation of the Act.  Click for more information.

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Invitation to the Launch of Georgia's Raise Me Up Campaign

What:          Launch of Georgia’s Raise Me Up Campaign

Who:           Governor Sonny Perdue

                     First Lady Mary Perdue
David Statton, DHS Chief Operating Officer

                     Cari DeSantis, Executive Vice President, Casey Family Programs

When:         Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Where:        State Capitol Building

 

Please join Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and First Lady Mary Perdue to kick off a powerful campaign to improve the lives of Georgia’s children in foster care.

The kickoff takes place 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 14, 2009, at a press conference announcing Raise Me Up, a multimedia campaign inspiring people to get involved in helping raise up vulnerable children and families in Georgia. The campaign is a partnership between Georgia’s Department of Human Services, more than a dozen Atlanta-area nonprofits and a major national foundation

Over a two-month period, Raise Me Up will blanket the Atlanta media market with powerful ads highlighting the challenges that face children in foster care – and the simple steps people can take to make a difference for youth in their own communities via www.raisemeup.org.

The Governor and First Lady will be joined by Department of Human Services Chief Operating Officer David Statton, community partners, alumni of foster care, and Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation entirely dedicated to improving foster care.

Georgia was selected as one of a handful of sites for the Raise Me Up campaign, which is part of a national effort to bring attention to the nearly half million children in America’s foster care system. The press conference and Georgia campaign will emphasize the importance of quickly connecting children in foster care with safe, loving and permanent families and other lifelong connections.

 

For directions and parking information, please visit: http://sos.georgia.gov/archives/museum/map_directions_access.htm
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Statement of Governor Sonny Perdue Regarding the Release of this Year's Graduation Rate

ATLANTAGovernor Sonny Perdue issued the following statement today regarding the release of this year�s final graduation rate, which is up to 78.9 percent:

�During my first year in office in 2003, our graduation rate stood at just over 63 percent. Since then, our efforts have been focused on helping students finish high school. We created the innovative graduation coach program which identifies at-risk students and creates individualized completion plans. Our Work Ready initiative engages local communities by requiring improvement in the graduation rate in order to qualify as a Certified Work Ready Community. As a result, local leaders and businesses are getting more involved in their schools, ensuring their hometown has an educated, talented workforce. Thanks to the hard work of our teachers, graduation coaches, principals and community leaders, we have seen tremendous improvement in the graduation rate of more than 15 percent in just six years. We are now on the cusp of achieving a benchmark goal of an 80 percent graduation rate by next year, and with another year of hard work and dedication I know we can achieve what some believed was impossible.�              back to top
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EMBRACE Director Announcement Attached
 
The Director of EMBRACE will be a fulltime Public Service Faculty position at University of Georgia who is responsible for advancing the following goals:  (1) To increase the retention of DFCS foster families who are prepared to address the specific needs of Georgia's foster children; (2) to maximize the systematic engagement of local communities in partnering with local DFCS to secure the safety and nurture of Georgia's children. 
 
Resume and cover letter should be forwarded to Search Committee, Fanning Institute, 1240 S Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602. Direct questions to Janet Rechtman, Ph.D. jrechtman@fanning.uga.edu
 
 
Please forward this to your providers, staff  and any other person's in your network who may be interested.
EMBRACE Director Announcement Attached
 
The Director of EMBRACE will be a fulltime Public Service Faculty position at University of Georgia who is responsible for advancing the following goals:  (1) To increase the retention of DFCS foster families who are prepared to address the specific needs of Georgia's foster children; (2) to maximize the systematic engagement of local communities in partnering with local DFCS to secure the safety and nurture of Georgia's children. 
 
Resume and cover letter should be forwarded to Search Committee, Fanning Institute, 1240 S Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602. Direct questions to Janet Rechtman, Ph.D. jrechtman@fanning.uga.edu

Fanning Faculty Position Description  

Fanning Institute Mission: The Fanning Institute is a unit within the area of Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, with the specific mission of enriching the value of resources communities have at their disposal.  The Fanning Institute employs faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines involving community, economic, and leadership development. 

General Faculty Position Description:  Fanning faculty typically hold appointments as public service faculty, with the terms of their appointment and promotions subject to guidelines established by the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Because public service and outreach activities deal with a broad range of societal issues and needs, faculty rely heavily upon the integration of knowledge from many disciplines, as well as the application of experience-based understanding of real-world relationships and phenomena. 

Faculty must understand and embrace the land grant mission of public service and outreach, including serving the needs of underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged individuals and communities.  A Masters degree is required.  The academic discipline of the degree may vary, but faculty members lacking academic credentials in a relevant area must possess significant work experience related to that area.  Faculty must be skilled communicators, capable of leading high quality training programs and facilitating meetings and group discussions.  They must be committed to working to address societal and community problems in an environment that encourages participatory processes—both internally and externally--and be capable of resolving conflicts and building consensus on issues of public import.  Depending on programmatic needs, faculty typically will have specified areas of concentration and focus, but also operate in an interdisciplinary and customized manner, frequently involving daily and overnight travel away from Athens.  Fanning faculty must generate revenue in support of the Institute’s activities, and also are expected to participate as appropriate in public relations and professional development activities.   

Specific Faculty Position Description:  The Director of EMBRACE will be a fulltime Public Service Faculty position at University of Georgia who is responsible for advancing the following goals:  (1) To increase the retention of DFCS foster families who are prepared to address the specific needs of Georgia’s foster children; (2) to maximize the systematic engagement of local communities in partnering with local DFCS to secure the safety and nurture of Georgia’s children. Provide visionary leadership in transforming the EMBRACE practice model, curriculum and technical assistance capacity into a statewide program.  This Director will assume leadership in facilitating and coordinating the activities of the three Embrace partners (DFCS, Foster Family Foundation of Georgia, and the Fanning Institute of the University of Georgia), supervise the development, implementation and evaluation of EMBRACE activities and strategies, develop and support strategies for outreach and community engagement at the county, region and state level and represent the program to clients and supporters including DFCS, EMBRACE (the 501.c.3), the University of Georgia, the Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Georgia, community stakeholders and other interest groups.  He or she will manage EMBRACE staff and contractors and ensure that EMBRACE clients receive full and appropriate accounting of activities by staff and contractors, negotiate and recommend contracts and memoranda of understanding that facilitate the development and implementation of the EMBRACE infrastructure and roll-out at UGA. Other duties and responsibilities in support of existing and new programs as need and opportunity warrant.  The position will be open until filled. 

Qualifications: 

 A Master’s degree in a related field of study. Business and management experience needed to operate a statewide public-private partnership and be able to prioritize competing demands while working with multiple partners. Experience in supervision, the development of statewide programs and with child welfare and the foster care system preferred.  Demonstrations of strong leadership, outreach and communications skills and the ability to disseminate and evaluate educational information.  An ability and willingness to be an enthusiastic ambassador and entrepreneur in creating support for foster parents in Georgia and be a credible representative for EMBRACE at the highest levels of government in Georgia.  The position will remain open until filled.   back to top

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Resource Center Launched to Support Implementation of Federal Child Welfare Law 

Today is the first anniversary of the passage of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, the most comprehensive and significant federal reforms to child welfare in over a decade.  A coalition of child welfare, adoption, healthcare, and education leaders announced today a new national resource center to support implementation of the Act.  

The Fostering Connections Resource Center is a one-stop-shop for a range of data, online tools, and technical support on all aspects of Fostering Connections. The Resource Center also provides access to national networks of state-based and local stakeholders organized according to the six major topic areas of the law – adoption, kinship, older youth, tribal child welfare, health, and education.  In collaboration with a diverse set of partners and collaborating organizations, the Resource Center will produce and disseminate materials and provide ongoing expertise to state and tribal policymakers and administrators. 

Please visit the Resource Center’s website at www.fosteringconnections.org to learn more about it and sign up for email alerts.    

The Fostering Connections Resource Center sponsors include the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Duke Endowment, Eckerd Family Foundation, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Sierra Health Foundation, Stuart Foundation, and Walter S. Johnson Foundation.   The Resource Center is managed by Child Trends in partnership with The Finance Project.   back to top

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Provider Watch - October 05, 2009 - First Provider G Meeting    

Providers have long awaited the beginning of the Provider G Meetings to look at the data by which providers will be measured.  While these Provider G Meetings are for the 22 largest CCIs and 15 Largest CPAs, other providers are welcome to attend.  These Provider G Meetings will begin the development of outcomes that will be so important to all providers. 

Provider G-Meetings - The CCI Provider G will be on Monday October 19th from 1-4pm at 2 Peachtree on the 29th Floor in the DHS Board Room. The CPA Provider G will be on October 20th from 9-12 in the same location.

State G-Force Meetings - The State has been doing G-Force Meetings for several years.  These G-Force Meetings have dramatically transformed practice by outcome based data.  The next State G-Force Meeting is on Thursday, October 22nd from 1-5pm via WebEx.  Please click the link provided below and follow the subsequent instructions to join the meeting.
 
Topic: October 2009 G Force Meeting
Date and Time: October  22, 2009 1pm
Event password: 10222009Gfm
Event address for attendees: https://dhr.webex.com/dhr/onstage/g.php?d=485430492&t=a
To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event or call the number below and enter the event number.
Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 866-469-3239
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Below is a copy of the letter sent to select providers: 
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October 5, 2009 

Dear Provider Partner:

As we shared with you at the Provider Summit, we will begin the CCI and CPA Provider G's in October. The CCI Provider G will be on Monday October 19th from 1-4pm at 2 Peachtree on the 29th Floor in the DHS Board Room. The CPA Provider G will be on October 20th from 9-12 in the same location.  

As indicated at the Summit, we will be looking at specific data from the 22 largest CCI's and the 15 largest CPA's (based on census levels). The Providers listed below should be represented by the CEO or their senior level designee and the Program Director from the Agency. Although we know there are always other commitments, we recommend that the CEO attend the Provider G's.   back to top


CCI's who are required to attend:
 


 
  1. Twin Cedars Youth Services
  2. The Methodist Home for Children & Youth
  3. Georgia Baptist Children’s Home & Family Ministries
  4. United Methodist Children Home of North GA Conference
  5. Open Door Home
  6. Morningstar Children and Family Services
  7. Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers
  8. Downing Clark Center
  9. Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Home
  10. Project Adventure ILP
  11. Center for Children & Young Adults
  12. Georgia Center for Youth Alternative Youth Services
  13. CHRIS Kids, Inc
  14. The Vashti Center
  15. Kidspeace
  16. Carrie Steele-Pitts Home
  17. Hephzibah Children’s Home
  18. Family Crisis Center of Walker, Dade, Catoosa, Chatooga Counties, The Cottage
  19. Families First
  20. Ramsey Youth Services of Georgia, Macon Behavioral Health
  21. The Bridge
  22. HHC Augusta

CPA's who are required to attend


 
  1. Neighbor to Family
  2. Mentor Network
  3. ENA Inc dba NECCO
  4. Meritan Inc.
  5. Lutheran Services of Georgia
  6. Bethany Christian Services
  7. Lookout Mountain Community Services Board
  8. Choices for Life Foster Care
  9. Childkind, Inc.
  10. New Beginnings, Life Changing Network Inc
  11. Families First Foster Program
  12. Creative Community Services
  13. Community Connections
  14. Trinity J and D, LLC
  15. National Youth Advocate Program

Although we will focus on data from the listed providers, ALL providers are welcome to attend, observe and participate. If you require any assistance please contact Monica Beal at (404) 657-3260. We look forward to seeing all of you on October 19th and 20th! 

Blessings!

Sharon Hill & Kenneth F. Joe Sr.
Provider G Facilitators

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Provider Watch, an email newsletter of the
Georgia Association of Homes
and Services for Children
as a public service.
http://www.gahsc.org                            
                            Normer Adams, Editor

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