Committees/Interest Groups


 As a membership organization, the College relies on the time and talents of members to provide the leadership for and do much of the work of our initiatives and activities. All members of the College are welcome to participate in committees and interest groups, most of who gather throughout the year via conference call. We invite you to pursue the descriptions below and join in to get even more benefit from your membership!

 Leadership Committee

The Leadership Committee is charged with sustaining and increasing the College mentorship program experience for emerging leaders and addressing the ongoing needs of leadership for all members – both within the College and through their work in the field. The committee drives the forward-focus of the College in all areas related to leadership in the behavioral health field. For the past six years, the committee has developed and presented An Evening of Leadership preceding the opening of the spring Summit. They have also presented a number of webinars on leadership topics.

Summit Planning Committee

The Summit Planning Committee is responsible for taking the theme as developed and affirmed by the chair and Board of Directors and creating the agenda and experience of the Summit. Summit themes build on each other over time and are always designed to bring an issue of national importance in the field “from controversy to consensus” through engaging a broad spectrum of people in dialogue. In addition to building the agenda, the planning committee engages faculty, facilitates peer and emerging leader involvement, plans group activity during the Summit, and provides on site assistance to the executive director.

 Communications Committee

The Communications Committee offers a unique opportunity to take part in forming and implementing the Board of Directors’ vision for how the College presents its membership and their ideas and values to the health field. The committee oversees the communication tools used by the College to convey this information, including the web site, listserv, discussion forum, and social media. The goals of the committee include finding new ways to keep members informed of College activities and to build a source of information for the field.

 Development Committee

The work of the Development Committee supports the College in meeting its ongoing capital needs. Additional funding, beyond dues and Summit registration fees, is needed to sustain College initiatives and functions. The committee strives to develop strategies to maximize funding for its endeavors. The work of the Development Committee is also complemented by the work of the Membership Committee. New members need to be recruited, developed into contributing organizational members, and retained to maximize the College’s revenue base.

 Membership Committee

The work of the Membership Committee is circular, focusing both on the recruitment of new members to the College and assuring their retention through involving them in activities and developing member benefits that are of value to its constituents. The committee develops and implements an annual membership campaign, recommends membership policies and activities to the board, and works with the Summit Planning Committee to ensure new members feel welcome and interested in College initiatives.

Diversity Interest Group

The Diversity Interest Group is formed by members focused on assuring that the College keeps the issues of health disparities and diversity in the forefront of activities. Members of the interest group have helped to promote the mentorship program and served as mentors, drafted papers on issues for coalitions such as the Whole Health Campaign, worked with Summit faculty to assure the inclusion of diversity and disparity in presentations, and – with the Board of Directors – requested the continual focus of the federal government on these critical issues. The Diversity Interest Group also serves as a collective coaching body for its members.

Peer Leader Interest Group

The Peer Leader Interest Group has as its key themes the development of peer services on a national level, leadership training/education opportunities, and a place to engage in discussion about peer concerns that can be taken to a larger audience outside the College.