Committees

The Annual Conference Committee is responsible for planning the program for the annual conference and annual meeting of the members. (Meets monthly January-May; September)

The Executive Committee is made up of the elected officers of the Board of Directors, the immediate past president of the IARCA Board, and the Institute for Excellence Board President. It serves to provide general oversight concerning personnel issues; developing the job description and evaluation process for the Executive Director, providing advice and consultation to the Executive Director, reviewing staffing, and developing personnel policies and salary/benefit plans. (Meets as needed)

The Finance Committee, with the assistance of the Corporation’s Executive Director and Director of Finance & Development, prepares and presents an annual budget, including recommendations regarding dues structure, to the Board of Directors for its approval. The Committee also establishes appropriate fiscal reporting procedures, including an annual financial review, as well as procedures for investment strategies and for receiving and expending the Corporation’s funds.

The Committee also oversees risk management activities and ensure that all persons authorized to handle funds on behalf of the Corporation are bonded. The Treasurer shall chair the Committee. (Meets prior to Board meetings in January, March, May, July, November, and, in October for budgeting)

The Foster Care Work Group was formed to address issues of concern to licensed child placing agencies. The Work Group has addressed licensing problems, contract issues, training, LCPA licensing rules, and, other pertinent issues that members bring to the meetings. (Meets quarterly and/or as needed)

The Home-Based Services Work Group was established to address issues associated with home-based services, advocate for member agencies who provide this service, recommend best practices, identify contract issues and recommend service standards, and, work to enhance communications to assure the survival and viability of these services. (Meets approximately 6-8 times/year)

The Human Resources Work Group was formed to assist Human Resources Directors and Executive Directors who function in that role with personnel issues common to residential and foster care agencies. The work group has addressed training and employment law concerns, issues of recruitment and retention of employees, background checks, and
Affordable Care Act. (Meets quarterly and/or as needed)

The Older Youth Services was formed to share ideas about improving services to youth in need of independent living, collaborative care, and, transitional living services. (Meets as needed)

The Medicaid Work Group was formed in June 2011 to identify and address the unmet needs and resources of member agencies in being able to bill medically necessary behavioral health services to Medicaid as required by the settlement agreement with DCS. The Work Group helps connect providers with resources related to Medicaid billing, and electronic health records, including efforts to help agencies manage risk associated with providing Medicaid billable services. (Meets as needed)

The Membership Committee assists the Executive Director and Director of Membership Services in the solicitation of new members for the Corporation through the interpretation and promotion of the Corporation’s purposes and services. The Committee will also help assess member needs in order to provide services responding to those needs. (Meets 2-3 times/year)

The Nominating Committee annually proposes nominations for election of officers and members of the Board of Directors in accordance with criteria established by the Board of Directors. (This Committee is traditionally the previous year’s incoming class of Board members. Meets in July and September)

The Outcomes Task Force was formed to oversee the ongoing Outcome Project, provide training and technical assistance, make revisions to the Outcome Project based on input from participants, review proposals for additional research and dissemination of findings, consult with the Project’s External Evaluators to provide ongoing data analysis and interpretation of findings, and develop a strategic plan for the Project. In order to accomplish the Task Force responsibilities, members are expected to participate on a regular basis. (Meets monthly)

The Psychiatric Residential Treatment Work Group was formed to assist interested member agencies in implementing this service for children. The Work Group has reviewed the PRTF rates and rate setting, Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, Psychotropic Medication and the DCS recommended Psychiatric Progress Note, difficult to place youth, PRTF admission, continued stay criteria and challenges with decreasing stays, as well as the ability to find and retain qualified staff. (Meets quarterly)

The Public Policy Committee monitors all proposed legislation in the Indiana Legislature and the United States Congress which may affect agencies providing services to children and families. The Committee shall also develop and promote public policy which advances the Corporation’s purposes. (Meets 3-4 times/year)

The Residential Care Work Group was formed to address issues of ongoing concern to licensed residential care providers, including the ongoing implementation of the master contract for residential care. The work group has addressed capacity issues and requests for 1:1 staffing, length of stay in emergency shelter care, relicenusure concerns, and the high needs of children coming into care. (Meets quarterly and/or as needed)

The Seclusion and Restraints Task Force meets to assess training, legislation and rules, recommend best practices, and recommend position statements regarding the use of seclusion and restraints in licensed facilities. (Meets as needed)

The Strategic Planning Committee is responsible for developing the strategic plan which positions and prepares the Association and the IARCA Institute for Excellence for the future and addresses member needs. (Meets 2-3 times/year)

The Training Committee assists with the development of a training program which delivers high quality, appropriate training which will enhance services to children and families. The committee is responsible for developing and implementing leadership training opportunities, including the annual Leadership Symposium; assisting agencies in identifying and developing potential leaders within their own ranks; and providing networking opportunities and forums for existing and potential leaders.  (Meets as needed; approximately 2-3 times/year)

 

The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) work group was formed to address concerns related to cost reports, cost allocation, financial audits, changes to financial reporting procedures to the state, etc. for member agencies. (Meets quarterly and/or as needed) 

The Alternative Payment Method Work Group was formed to begin looking at quality measures driving payment methodologies for the future on pilot projects in other states.