PACT for Families Committees
PACT committees are work units of the organization. Effective committees remove time consuming detail from organizational meetings. They allow more people to be involved and expand the support base of the collaborative. Organizational members of PACT for Families Collaborative are expected to assign at least one representative to serve on a PACT committee.
Members of PACT committees study problems within an assigned area, establish definable goals and provide input to the organization as a whole. The Executive Board provides direction to committees, but allows each group authority and responsibility to accomplish its work. The Executive Board looks to each of the committees to provide ongoing updates of its activities and progress through monthly reporting.
The five committees of PACT for Families include:
Early Childhood: The Early Childhood Committee promotes prevention and early intervention projects in the five-county area. They help identify service gaps and service needs in the continuum of care for children birth to five years of age. The committee provides consultation/advises on projects related to early childhood and early intervention, including Universal Contacts, home visiting and the Early Childhood Screenings.
5 to 25/5: The concentration of this committee is to promote projects in the five-county service area using trends identified through results of the SHARE survey related to identified concerns related to children and adolescents ages 5 to 25. This committee divides into topical work groups to develop specific initiatives around goals of the larger group. While dealing with issues related to children and youth, this group’s focus is on identified areas of concern rather than a specific age-related group.
Wraparound: Promotes Wraparound as a service delivery model within schools, mental health, child welfare, corrections, public health and community for any child and family with complex needs. The committee works to identify barriers to providing effective Wraparound, provides consultation to county wraparound efforts, intensive in-home services and other programs and partner agencies utilizing Wraparound.
Parent Advisory: This committee is open to parents and caregivers of children who have mental health concerns. Their mission is to be the voice of all parents/caregivers in the five-county area and to share that voice with PACT partners. Among their goals is to promote educational opportunities on children’s mental health for parents.
Brain Conference Committee: Since 2001, PACT for Families Collaborative has been providing a conference for professionals, students and parents on some aspect of mental health and the brain. This committee works to invite speakers, arrange marketing and organize all aspects of this highly acclaimed conference.