past meeting notes in our Member Portal
ACRC’s public policy committee keeps watch on public policy issues and initiatives and leads collective advocacy.
On issues ranging from the global crisis in youth mental health, implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act, to shoring up our critical workforce, the committee strives to be at the table when these discussions are happening, as a voice to ensure children and families have access to high quality and culturally responsive care across the continuum of services.
This committee is also responsible for producing ACRC’s position papers. Through extensive engagement and research, committee members dive into topics of concern and provide policy briefs on best practices.
Meet our Public Policy Committee Chair, Wendy Wang!
& Co-chair, Kevin Roach!
ACRC’s program committee makes recommendations about ongoing training and webinar topics and produces our renowned annual conference. Both the annual conference and the yearly direct care summit draw attendees from around the world to dive into clinical excellence and best practices. This committee brings cutting edge presentations and presenters to the stage; they also enjoy picking our future conference cities and fun social events!
Meet our Program Committee Chair, Gina Peck-Sobolewski!
& Co-chair, Nick Ryan!
Youth & Family
The goal of this committee is to engage, encourage and enhance the youth and family voice within ACRC by participating in board decisions, membership, conferences, and other committees. It also seeks to broaden the awareness and perspective of the youth and family voice within member agencies through outreach, education, and affiliation.
Meet our Youth & Family Committee Chair, David Guilbeault!
& Co-chair, Cynthia Williams!
Meet our Research Committee Chair, Camela M. Hughes!
& Co-chair, Jonathan C. Huefner!
Meet our Membership Committee Chair, Michael Semel!
& Co-chair, Tim Davis!
Affinity Groups meet monthly, quarterly, or as needed, with one of the meetings being at the annual conference.
Notes from past all meetings are available in the Member Portal (must log in to view).
ACRC’s longest standing affinity group looks at the identification, treatment, and support of young people who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation. This population requires informed specialization and ongoing learning, get that here!
Young people with an Autism or Traumatic Brain Injury diagnosis, paired with a behavior disorder, bring their own unique set of challenges to your residential program. Meet with your colleagues to discuss challenges and successes you have experienced with this population and discuss best practices and innovation going forward.
Transition Aged Youth
It’s worrisome to think of the young people in our care transitioning to adulthood, perhaps without the supports many other emerging adults are provided. How are we preparing them for this inevitable next step? Strategies and questions are welcome in this TAY affinity group.
The challenges of administering care in a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility are unique. Our colleagues running PRTFs look forward to connecting with their colleagues to discuss their own barriers and successes in the past and going forward in an ever-changing climate.
House Parent Model
Many programs use this unique staffing model which brings along its own benefits and challenges. Meet with providers who use a houseparent model to learn what works in recruitment, staffing, employment policies, supervision, and any public policy initiatives that should be addressed by those doing the work.
This affinity group consists of individuals interested in immigration-related issues as they apply to the children and families they serve, including providers serving unaccompanied refugee and migrant children. Meet your colleagues who are experiencing many of the same barriers, questions, and positive outcomes in this realm.
The field has been evolving for some time in its understanding, support, and inclusion of young people with diverse sexual identities. Meeting their unique needs is vital to their overall health and future success. This affinity group offers the opportunity to learn from other providers and from those who identify as LGBTQ in order to move forward in an informed and inclusive matter.