Committees
Mass
PRA
Committees meet regularly to plan events, coordinate advocacy efforts, and take on other special projects as needed. Committees are open to anyone who is a Mass
PRA
member. If you are interested in getting involved with a particular committee, please feel free to get in touch with the Committee Chair or another board member.


Advocacy and Systems Changes Committee
The Advocacy Committee reviews proposed policy and legislation and develops response letters, testimony and position statements that reflect the views of Mass
PRA
. Committee members may present testimony at hearings. The Committee designs strategies to effect system change aligned with Mass
PRA
values; strategies may include developing strategic partnerships, engaging in legislative advocacy, and providing education to key state agency and government leaders. The Committee plans the Mass
PRA
Annual Meeting, in accord with Committee goals.

Goals
  • Develop and implement strategies for system and policy changes aligned with Mass
    PRA
    values.
  • Partner with individuals and organizations that hold Mass
    PRA
    ’s values and are effective advocates for system change.
  • Expand the knowledge base of the Mass
    PRA
    Board.
  • Facilitate positive experience of system change for providers by offering exposure, training and support opportunities.
  • Plan and execute Annual Meeting.

Meeting Schedule
The Advocacy Committee meets the second Friday of every month, from 11:30 to 12:30pm, at Advocates, Inc. in Framingham. We meet as needed by teleconference.

Membership, Outreach & Visibility (MOV) Committee
The Primary function of this committee is to take the lead role in active outreach to and engagement of the Membership-at-large. This would include (but is not limited to):
  • Maintaining a list of Mass
    PRA
    members
  • Coordination of Regional Conversations
  • Website coordination with secretary & BayCove
  • Mailings for Mass
    PRA
    events
  • Recruiting membership
  • Collaborate with Secretary to perform public relation activities
  • Solicit nominations for annual awards

Goals
  • To inform the community of the values of psych rehab through interactive activities
  • To recruit and retain membership
  • And to maximize Mass
    PRA
    ’s visibility in the community and within the mental health delivery systems.
Meeting Schedule
The MOV Committee meets the second Friday of every month, from 11:30 to 12:30pm, at Advocates, Inc. in Framingham. We meet as needed by teleconference.

Training and Development Committee
The Training and Development Committee oversees the educational opportunities provided by the chapter. The committee also coordinates resources for individuals interested in obtaining the CPRP credential, and creates opportunities for current CPRPs to acquire Continuing Education Credits to maintain their certification.

Goals
  • Offering opportunities to learn about existing and emerging psychiatric rehabilitation practices through an annual conference, typically held in the late October of each year at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.
  • Supporting the development of practitioner competencies according to the 7 Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practice Domains. Review trainings are designed to prepare applicants to become Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners (CPRP) through preparatory sessions for taking a test which leads to the credential; existing CPRPs require continuing education to augment the learning needed to maintain their credential as new practices and tools emerge in a growing field.
  • Responding to the needs from the mental health system by developing and delivering training which fosters rehabilitation, self-determination, and recovery.

Meeting Schedule
The Conference Committee meets following the Board of Directors Meeting on the 2nd Friday of each month, but meetings can also occur between board meetings in person or by teleconference.