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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 focus of the Early Childhood Committee is to enhance the cognitive, physical and social/emotional development of children from prenatal through age five. Members strive to identify and address gaps in services. The committee looks for ways to help all early childhood agencies and programs work together to meet the needs of our youngest children and families.

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 of 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.

Parent Advisory Committee: 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 and promote the family-driven and strength-based philosophies of Wraparound among PACT for Families partners. Among their goals is to promote educational opportunities on children’s mental health, provide resources proactively to connect parents to other parents and resources, and to promote Wraparound in PACT’s five-county area. 

Brain Conference Committee: Since 2001, PACT for Families Collaborative has been providing a conference for professionals, students and parents on current themes, trends and research related to mental health and the brain. This committee works to invite speakers, arrange marketing and organize all aspects of this highly acclaimed conference.
 
5-County Children's LAC Committee: The mission of the 5 County Children’s LAC is to use the knowledge of a broad range of people to improve local mental health services, especially those who use mental health services. Participation is encouraged by family members, those who provide services and those who are concerned about public policy.
  • Identify Needs: Seek input from parents, former consumers, providers and others about the needs of children with emotional disturbance in the local area and services needed by families of these children.
  • Plan: The LAC is to be involved in the development of mental health planning for the counties.
  • Coordinate: Receive input from providers regarding coordination of care between services.
  • Inform: Identify for the County Board individuals and agencies to receive information on predictors and symptoms of emotional disturbances, where mental health services are available in the county, and how to access the services.
  • Report: The LAC is to report its recommendations regarding the local mental health system to the State Advisory Council on Mental Health.
  • Recommend: Make recommendations regarding services provided by the local children’s mental health system.  The LAC is to provide the county board with a report of unmet mental health needs of children in the county at least annually.