Updated: Jul 14
A few weeks ago, delegates representing each of AWARE’s service lines and communities gathered for the 2023 Corporate Congress session. The event took place June 14 to 16 at the Copper King Hotel in Butte, Montana, and was marked by the presence of dedicated representatives who arrived with 29 bills aimed at improving AWARE's services.
For those unfamiliar with AWARE's Corporate Congress, it plays a unique and integral role in our organization's strategic planning process. This platform is designed to gather input from stakeholders, staff, management and the people we serve. By involving delegates representing each of AWARE's services and communities, we ensure comprehensive management of the organization by utilizing feedback from all levels of the organization.
Once again, we were privileged to have former Senator Tom Jacobson from Great Falls serve as our master of ceremonies. With his guidance, the delegates experienced a streamlined version of the legislative process, similar to what Montana legislators go through biennially.
As the event kicked off, delegates introduced themselves, their bills and elected a session president and committee chairs. The bills underwent thorough discussions and debates within the committees, leading to amendments, and, in some cases, their dismissal. The passed bills were then presented during a floor debate among the entire caucus and underwent a final reading by a panel consisting of AWARE board members and leadership.
The session was fast paced, with a tremendous amount of work accomplished during the course of two and a half days. Delegates representing various AWARE services and communities collaborated to devise innovative solutions that position us as leaders in our field. The event provided a valuable opportunity for networking with peers and leadership, while also offering insights into the diverse range of services provided under AWARE's umbrella.
We cannot overstate the significance of this event. The slate of delegates this year achieved an incredible amount of work and delivered outstanding final presentations. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the delegates for their unwavering commitment and dedication to the well-being of the over 4,500 individuals under our care. Their remarkable efforts continue to drive us forward.
As we move forward, we will incorporate the valuable insights and ideas generated during the Corporate Congress into our strategic plan. With the support of our stakeholders, staff, management and the wider community, we are confident in our ability to enhance AWARE's services and make a positive impact on the lives of those we serve.
Thank you once again to all the delegates for your invaluable contributions. Together, we will continue to strive for excellence in providing comprehensive care and support to the individuals we serve.
Bills Passed During Corporate Congress
ACC 01 - AWARE Annual Provider and Community Education
Hold an annual Q&A session in rural communities to provide education on TCM and other available services
ACC 04 - Serve the City
One day a year, every AWARE community should give back through volunteer service to build a stronger connection with others.
ACC06 - Facsimile for PACT
AWARE to supply an individual facsimile line for the Helena PACT Team
ACC 07 - Best Holiday
AWARE to help adult clients celebrate the holidays by using Best Day Ever Funds to purchase gifts.
ACC 09 - Partnership with Special Olympics
Form a partnership with Special Olympics to benefit clients, provide community awareness, and build relationships with other agencies
ACC 10 - FUNdraising
Expand into other AWARE communities with Fundraising events
ACC 13 - Team Building Fund
Regular scheduled team building sessions with teams across all service lines using available funds
ACC 14 - Attendance Bonus
Annual review of employee incentives and benefits
ACC 16 - CSCT Trainings and Supervision
Implement trainings, supervision and aids to help promote communication among teams in schools
ACC 17 - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement and Implementation
Develop a DEI statement that is in line with AWARE's UCC Principles and Mission Statement
ACC 18 - Stress Reducing Techniques to Reduce Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
A required program to teach AWARE staff how to incorporate stress-reducing mind-body practices that help reduce compassion fatigue and burnout
ACC 20 - New Scheduling Tool
Research and provide a more efficient scheduling tool for services that require them
ACC 23 - Technology Updates for TCMs
Provide annual training and materials to better understand the help desk process and create a replacement policy for IT equipment
ACC 25 - A Creative Business in Great Falls
Study alternative revenue sources and lines of business to provide opportunities for clients to work within
ACC 28 - Mileage Reimbursement
AWARE to use the federal mileage reimbursement rate