ARRM Committees & Groups
As a volunteer association ARRM relies on its members to guide the association and make positive changes in the industry.
At the heart of every successful ARRM endeavor you'll find the expertise and hard work of ARRM committee volunteers. Whether it's the Annual Conference, educational workshops, legislative successes, rule reform, strengthening public relations, providing technical assistance for our members or setting new ARRM benefits, the work and brain power of committee members is behind it.
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List of Committees, Meeting Days & Times
Advocacy Partners Group
This group plans and promotes various grassroots activities throughout the year, including ARRM Day at the Capitol. Members include seasoned grassroots advocates and people new to the legislative process. They offer themselves as a resource to others within the group as well as the fuller ARRM membership.
Planning town hall forums
Third Friday from 10:00 -11:00 a.m. by phone
Annual Conference Committee
Plans, organizes, and implements ARRM’s exciting two-day Annual Conference attended each spring by more than 1,300 individuals. The conference addresses the diverse needs of professionals in the field - from the big ideas to the critical details – in the areas of education, networking, innovation, and practical solutions. Conference committee members work behind the scenes during the conference to ensure that everything runs smoothly.
Current example: Selecting conference speakers, soliciting exhibitors, organizing networking events, and selecting winning nominations for the ARRM Cares Awards.
Meets: Second Monday at noon, beginning with required attendance at the planning retreat in August/September of each year.
Works with the Board Treasurer and ARRM staff in overseeing the budget, finances, investments and financial policies to maintain fiscal integrity.
Current example: Making money market and other investments.
Meets: Quarterly on the Second Thursday at 11:00 a.m.
Financial Resources Committee
This committee analyzes the impact of provider payments and rate setting systems and develops ARRM positions, legislation and proposals for immediate action. It also provides member training through the Business and Finance Forums and other venues as needed and continually updates and advises members as issues continuously develop on the state and county levels.
Current examples: Defining shared staffing, facilitating the exceptions process, assuring money stays in the system.
Meets: First Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Program Services Networking Group
The Program Services Networking Group replaced the disbanded Service Design & Delivery Committee (SD & D) in 2015. The first hour of each meeting is a “Lunch with the Experts” presentation on a selected topic and the remainder of the time includes follow-up on a topic, updates on any county or licensing issues, opportunities for general sharing of information, and time for questions.
Meets: Quarterly on the First Monday of select months from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Meetings will be held in the ARRM Board Room and include a call-in option.
Public Affairs Committee
Develops and implements grassroots and direct advocacy strategies
to secure adoption of ARRM’s legislative initiatives and to respond to
non-ARRM proposals in the best interests of members and people with
disabilities. Conducts advocacy training for members.
Current example: ARRM's Legislative Agenda, Advocacy for The Best Life Alliance, DWRS Strategies
Meets: Second Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.
Public Relations Committee
Conveys the value of disability services to the public and decision-makers by developing creative messages and marketing strategies. Bolsters the ARRM brand and enhances the value of ARRM membership through communications and initiatives that benefit members and prospective members.
Current example: "Member to Member": a monthly expertise sharing tool among ARRM members.
Meets: Third Thursday at 10:00 a.m.
Service Innovations Committee
Envisions and advances the elements of an ideal community of providing services to Minnesotans with disabilities by fostering innovation, invention, meaningful choice and provider stability. Utilizes member expertise by coordinating reform-related initiatives among other ARRM committees. Tracks regulatory developments and designs ARRM positions to replace archaic regulations with standards based on individual quality outcomes. Updates membership on complying with current regulations. It includes a Technology Work Group.
Current example: Developing a plan for the state to better utilize and integrate technology in providing supports to people in all appropriate aspects of daily living.
Meets: Second Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
Workforce Solutions Committee
Expands the array of tools and mechanisms utilized by providers to ensure robust, timely, and essential services for people with disabilities as our traditional workforce model becomes obsolete. It explores options to increase the professionalism of our core workforce, grows the use of alternative services including technology, and recommends legislative initiatives to adapt to the changing needs of people with disabilities in Minnesota.
Current example: Developing educational materials on the use of technology, and ways to promote the professional responsibilities of a DSP
Meets: Second Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 noon