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DHS Legislative Update. Presented to: DHS Board of Directors Date: September 17, 2014. Georgia Department of Human Services. Vision, Mission and Core Values. Vision Stronger Families for a Stronger Georgia. Mission
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Presented to: DHS Board of Directors
Date: September 17, 2014
Georgia Department of Human Services
Stronger Families for a Stronger Georgia.
Strengthen Georgia by providing Individuals and Families access to services that promote self-sufficiency, independence, and protect Georgia's vulnerable children and adults.
DHS is currently working with the General Assembly on four legislative study committees:
House Study Committee on Licensing and Inspection of Child Welfare Providers
“…WHEREAS, a comprehensive review of Georgia's existing licensing, inspection, and placement processes for public and private child welfare providers is needed in order to determine whether such processes:
*This covers both DHS Office of Inspector General Residential Child Care Unit and the Division of Family and Children Services Office of Provider Management
DHS Office of Inspector General Residential Child Care Unit inspects, monitors, licenses, registers and certifies ALL residential child care facilities in Georgia that meet the definition of:
The Office of Provider Management contracts with and monitors agencies providing Room, Board and Watchful Oversight (RBWO) services for children in foster care.
The foundational objective is to ensure that children in DFCS custody who are placed with these agencies are safe from abuse and neglect.
Together Georgia proposed legislation:
DHS/DFCS next steps:
Senate Child Protection Study Committee
Created as a response to proposals to privatize foster care services and to focus attention on child protective services.
Senate Study Committee on the Emergency Relocation of Abused Adults
“…WHEREAS, currently in Georgia, when personal care homes or other residential facilities are closed, there is not a consistent process in place for relocating the residents; and the lack of such a process hinders agencies involved with the relocation effort in transitioning residents from a substandard, abusive situation to a safe and secure environment.
Committee includes Governor appointees, three members of the House and three members of the Senate
Senate Study Committee on the Senior Technology Gap
Committee is traveling to Senior Centers throughout the state, seeking input from Seniors.