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The Policy, Action and Research Collaborative (PARC) is comprised of organizations and institutions using collaborative synergies to advance common goals, which focus on:
Strategies adopted by PARC and member organizations include:
The purposes of this collaborative effort among organizations include:
SCRA recognizes that collaborative relationships with other organizations can serve to transcend disciplinary boundaries and increase the effectiveness of the organization. In that spirit, SCRA will consider formal partnership relationships with organizations that share our stated values and are working toward goals consistent with those of SCRA.
Proposed partnership relationships must be approved by the Presidential stream, Secretary, Treasurer, and Administrative Director. Proposed partnerships will be posted to the full Executive Committee for review and comment prior to implementation.
After a new partnership relationship has been approved a statement will be posted to the SCRA Listserv introducing SCRA members to the new partner organization.
Formal partnerships include, but are not limited to, the following activities, with the overarching goal of increasing the effectiveness and visibility of SCRA and its partner organizations:
Each of these activities would be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis by the relevant SCRA entity (Committee, Council, Executive Committee, Presidential Stream, or Administrative Director).
Who we are:
As delineated on our website (www.bhjustice.org), the roots of the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health & Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association, or Ortho) are grounded in interdisciplinary approaches to mental health and social justice. The organization informs policy, practice and research to prevent behavioral health disorders and to promote conditions to ensure that people with disorders can be full participants in society. We are further committed to
Over its history, our organization has provided a common ground for collaborative study, research, and knowledge exchange among individuals from a variety of disciplines engaged in prevention, treatment, and advocacy around concerns important to the fields of mental health and social justice. We focus on the application of research, particularly its implications for informing practice and policy; health-related issues, broadly defined; and expanding knowledge related to mental health and human development from a multidisciplinary perspective.
Over its 9+ decades of existence, the Global Alliance’s membership has included professionals and students in medical anthropology, counseling, economics, education, epidemiology, ethics, family studies, health promotion, law, justice studies, medicine (e.g., primary care specialists; pediatrics; psychiatry), nursing, pharmacology, political science, prevention science, psychology, public administration, public health, religious studies, social planning, social work, and sociology.
The multidisciplinary nature and applied foci of both the Global Alliance and SCRA suggest that they are well-suited for a potential partnership. Moreover, the shared values around equity and social justice are core emphases that strengthen a potential alignment.
Selected background for this request:
The Global Alliance Board sees clear benefits in establishing formalized linkages with associations that share our values – they can help capitalize on shared interests, increase membership, and maximize person power and financial resources, extending both organizations’ outreach and dissemination capacity. From my understanding, developing/enhancing such partnerships is consistent with both organizations' strategic plans to connect with others across disciplines and organizations.
As you know, the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice (formerly the American Orthopsychiatric Association, or Ortho) has sought to formalize a partnership with SCRA multiple times over the years (including when Jim Cook was President and later when you were SCRA President in 2013, a period which included the activity of the Policy, Action, and Research Collaborative [PARC] interorganizational collaborative effort). We can provide additional information here as needed (including, e.g., the draft Letter of Agreement endorsed by our Board in February, 2013, proposing a formalized partnership with SCRA).
SCRA and the Global Alliance (then Ortho) were founding members of PARC and part of the steering group. We were the first group to approve and endorse the PARC charter, which included taking steps to foster collaborative relationships with other PARC organizations (SCRA, ACOSA, others). At that time, we included links on our website to those partner organizations, we drafted materials about our organization for dissemination in partner publications (e.g., ACOSA’s newsletter), and several of us did a joint guest spot on an online radio broadcast discussing the PARC efforts, etc.
Members of the leadership of our organizations have discussed a number of possibilities over the years, from conference options to dual membership possibilities. This year marks the first time we were able to take a new, tangible step: a pilot partnership on the Biennial, with the Global Alliance sponsoring a track of sessions. While it is a small track of 8 sessions (plus some posters), we hope that this is viewed as a 'plus' for SCRA. Via this current effort, we have assisted with advertising, sending out calls and information about the conference and its programming, including information about the Biennial on our website; we organized our own review process (reviewing and selecting proposals) and scheduling our sessions within the slots provided; we are covering the costs of the two awardees who will be presenting at the conference, etc. We have tried to minimize the additional burden for the SCRA conference organizers and have seen this as a 'win-win' - we are attracting some new folks to the Biennial (with their registrations going to SCRA), and we hope the members of both organizations have the chance to learn about the ongoing initiatives and values guiding the work of the other. We believe that interorganizational partnerships can help expand our collective reach and impact.
As an additional action step, in 2016, as we re-worked our organization’s dues structure, we not only reduced our membership dues, but we included reduced dues option ($50 for a year) available to individual members of partner organizations. In light of our prior and ongoing work with SCRA, we included SCRA among those organizations.
We request that SCRA establishes a formal partnership with the Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice.
As part of that partnership, we request that members of the Global Alliance (including the members of our Board / Exec group, our Executive Officer, our journal editors) who are registering for the SCRA Biennial Conference and are not already members of SCRA receive a one-year gift membership in SCRA. This would allow them to register for the conference at the membership rates. As a matter of practice, each organization would offer member conference registration rates to those members of the other organization.
As some additional backdrop: Several members of our Board / Exec group will be attending the conference, with several planning to present. I believe I am the only current member of SCRA. Any one can and may, of course, choose to join as an individual, but our organization was planning to pay registration expenses and would benefit from the reduced membership registration rate. Given that we are sponsoring a track of presentations, we hope that there is a mechanism by which our Board, Executive Officer, and organizational members can pay the member registration rate.
Going forward, we would like to see us move toward dual membership benefits. This does not appear to be an option for those wishing to join SCRA. As noted above, we are offering a reduced membership rate of $50 to those from partner organizations (down from our current professional member rate of $85). We would like to be able to communicate to our members that there is a reduced dues possibility for them with SCRA as well.
Given the necessity to move forward with our Biennial travel plans and such, there is some time sensitivity to our request re: the registration rate. That is the most salient element in this proposal. We know that your agenda for the mid-winter meeting is likely quite full. As such, we ask that, if it is not possible for the EC to endorse our full request about partner status, you please consider our request about the reduced registration rate.
Overall, we see a partnership across organizations as including a range of possibilities – e.g., dual membership with dues incentives to join both organizations, joint task forces, shared efforts on special journal issues, joint conference sponsorship opportunities, etc. Please do not hesitate to let me / us know if you have questions or would like additional information.
Thank you for your consideration of this request.
President-Elect, Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice
B Stigma-Free is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to creating a more courageous society where all people are respected and treated fairly, and where differences are valued. We bring together divergent groups, and educate and engage through storytelling to reduce bias and prejudice. Typically efforts like these channel messages to like-minded people. We help groups break out of their silos to help people overcome fears and increase understanding of differences.
We are organizing collaborations both nationally (http://bstigmafree.org/our- work/partners/) and locally to facilitate our partners’ messaging, reaching new audiences through cross-pollination. Our goal is to use in-groups to overcome out- group bias. To start, we ask to list each other as partners with mutual links on our respective websites. From there a partnership between SCRA and B Stigma-Free might include community engagement through webinars, Twitter chats, or panel discussions, participation in conferences or our planned summit for Cross-Identity Collaboration™, awareness campaigns and more. We also look forward to the opportunity to connect with and support the work of SCRA members.
B Stigma-Free is a national non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that helps create a kinder society so people with differences are accepted, respected and included for who they are. Through Cross- Identity Collaboration™ we partner with our stakeholders to educate and engage the community to reduce bias and prejudice.
A society where all people are respected, and where people can feel safe and included just b’ing themselves.