GA-CAN! Off Session Panel Series: Community-based ServicesThis week Voices hosted the second installment of this year’s Georgia Children’s Advocacy Network (GA-CAN!) Off-Session Policy Series.  Our topic this month was centered around Community-based Services: Prevention, Intervention, Diversion and the New Juvenile Code. More than 90 people joined us for this great panel discussion.

Here’s a look at the great lineup we had:

Judge Sheri Roberts, Juvenile Court Newton County
Brad Bryant, Executive Director, Georgia Foundation for Public Education
Sharon L. Hill, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Division of Family and Children Services
Heather McDanial, Administrator, Youth Development Division, Governor’s Office for Children and Families
Joe Vignati, Justice Division Administrator for the Governor’s Office for Children and Families
Diana Aspinwall, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Department of Juvenile Justice

The first portion of the event was devoted to the panelists –– allowing them to give the audience an overview of the agencies they work for, and to discuss some of the initiatives currently going on within each of those organizations. Much of the time was also devoted to questions from the audience –- and there were tons of them, so many in fact that the meeting went twenty minutes over the intended end time.

Here are a few of the resources from the meeting:

Community and evidence based services 6-19-13 from Voices for Georgia’s Children – This powerpoint was put together by one Voices’ Summer Associates, Shauna Carmichael, and was presented at the beginning of the GA-CAN! panel discussion. The presentation gives a comprehensive overview of community and evidence based services.

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Advancing school discipline reform from Voices for Georgia’s Children – This powerpoint is an in-depth overview of a June 16 webinar about advancing school discipline reform. The webinar was discussed at this month’s GA-CAN! panel discussion on community-based programs. This powerpoint was provided by Brad Bryant, Executive Director, Georgia Foundation for Public Education.

Juvenile Grant Opportunities FAQ – From Joe Vignati, Administrator for the Justice Division of the Governor’s Office for Children and Families

Keep checking our GA-CAN! Resource page for additional materials from upcoming meetings!


The next GA-CAN! Off-Session Policy Series: Reducing Childhood Obesity, We All Play a Role, is slated 1 p.m. on July 25 at the Loudermilk.  Keep checking our calendar for updates about the time, location and topics. Or, if you aren’t already a subscriber, you can sign up for our email updates to stay in the loop.


If you could not make it out this first GA-CAN! panel discussion you can watch this great video that some highlights from the meeting.

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Video by Mike Klein, Editor at the Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Here is a video featuring a bit about each of panelists –– who they are, what they do, and what’s going on at each of their organizations.

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