Take Your Membership Further


Looking for a richer experience with ACRC Membership? Consider joining a Committee or Affinity Group. Committees are focused on shaping the direction of ACRC. Affinity Groups focus on specialized information sharing to further their knowledge in a given area.


Most meet once monthly for one hour. Members may find
past meeting notes in our Member Portal

Public Policy

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, 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, Michael Semel!

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, Celeste Walley!

And our Co-Chair, Kyle Reece!



ACRC’s research committee vets potential research projects and develops internal research. Recent initiatives have included EHRs (electronic health records) and serving CSEC (commercially sexually exploited) youth. The committee members may have research experience or just an interest in the topic.

Meet our Research Committee Chair, April Wall-Parker!

and our Co-Chair, Chris Delap!





As a membership organization, it is important to keep our membership diverse and connected. This committee seeks ways to promote networking, engagement and educational opportunities; as well as ensuring new members are welcomed and integrated into their new network of colleagues.

Meet our Membership Committee Chair, Jon Jelley!

and our Co-Chair, Nicole Hauser!


ACRC’s Equity Committee advances principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion across the work of the Association and recommends best practices for our membership and the field at large.

Meet our Equity Committee Chair, Donelle Hauser!

Affinity Groups

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!



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.



PRTF Programs

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.


Pregnant & Parenting

ACRC’s newest affinity group. Providers who serve pregnant and parenting teens find great support in this affinity group, addressing unique needs of these youth and discussing best practices by which adhere.


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