ACRC's public policy committee keeps watch on national public policy issues or initiatives. In recent years it has been federal finance reform and legislation to provide federal oversight of residential programs. They may address the use of psychotropic medications or the trends toward shortened lengths of stay. Whatever it may be, between the committee and ACRC's executive director, we strive to be at the table when these discussions are happening, always providing a resource for what children and families need from the mental health system.
This committee is also responsible for producing ACRC's position papers. Through extensive engagement and research, committee members dive into topics of concern in our field and provide a short thinkpiece on best practices.
ACRC's research committee both vets potential research projects for our member/organization involvement and develops internal research projects. Recent initiatives have included EHRs (electronic health records) and serving CSEC (commercially sexually exploited) youth. The committee members range from those with research experience and those with an interest in the topic.
ACRC is, after all, a membership organization. Keeping our membership connected and diverse is so very important. This committee spreads the good word about ACRC and welcomes new members into their new network of colleagues.
ACRC's program committee has the task of producing our renowned annual conference. 62 years strong, the conference draws attendees from around the world to dive into clinical excellence and best practices. With an eye on the horizon, they bring cutting edge presentations and presenters to the stage. They also enjoy picking our future conference cities and the fun social events!