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ASCA Committees

Behavioral Health Committee

The Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee was established to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and current initiatives regarding substance abuse and mental health treatment and services. Substance abuse is the leading cause of increasing prison populations and specifically, female prison populations. Mental health issues are also a major contributor to increases in incarceration. The Committee focuses on prevention, alternatives, institutional care, case management, release planning, continuation of care and best practices with limited resources. Specific goals include: Identification of good, evidence-based best practices, Collaboration with Federal partners such as NIC, SAMHSA, and BJA, Collaboration with organizational partners such as CSG, NASADAD and NASMHPD, Advocacy for both preventative and community-based alternatives; and Collaboration with state and local partners such as state mental health directors and state substance abuse directors.

Behavioral Health Committee Members
✰ Denny Kaemingk (SD)  John Baldwin (IL)  Chuck Ryan (AZ)  Loita Butcher (WV)  Joe Ponte (NY)  Jimmy LeBlanc (LA)  Bob Lampert (WY)  Julie Jones (FL)  Rollin Cook (UT)  Leann Bertsch (ND)  Scott Semple (CT)  

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee, composed of four ASCA officers and four regional representatives, directs the Association’s functions and activities, including management of committees, contracts, fiscal affairs, grants, special projects, and external relationships with the federal government, special commissions, national associations and foundations.

Executive Committee Members
✰ Leann Bertsch (ND)  Wendy Kelley (AR)  Colette Peters (OR)  Rick Raemisch (CO)  Scott Semple (CT)  AT Wall (RI)  Heidi Washington (MI)  John Wetzel (PA)  

Francke Award Committee

The Francke Award Committee: James Michael Francke was an exceptional man and an avant-garde leader in the corrections field in the 1980s. His work as secretary and director of corrections in the states of New Mexico and Oregon helped to reshape and rebuild penal systems stuck in the status quo. He was a progressive leader whose legacy will influence future generations of correctional administrators striving to make a difference. After serving for two years as Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, his career was tragically cut short on the night of January 17, 1989, when he was stabbed to death on the doorsteps of the Oregon Department of Corrections in Salem, the state’s capital. In honor of his legacy, each year ASCA presents the Michael Francke Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Association, to recognize the outstanding ASCA member who personifies dedication to the corrections profession and demonstrates outstanding career achievements.

Francke Award Committee Members
✰ AT Wall (RI)  Bob Lampert (WY)  Tom Roy (MN)  

Managing Complex Sub Populations

This committee will focus on developing correctional best practices surrounding the management of complex populations.

Managing Complex Sub Populations Members
✰ Heidi Washington (MI)  Scott Frakes (NE)  Dean Williams (AK)  

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee serves at the President's pleasure to present a slate of ASCA officers for consideration by the Executive Committee at the end of a two-year term of office, or when vacancies occur in the positions of President, Vice President or Treasurer. When the President identifies other situations that require nomination(s), the Committee is convened, given its charge, and sets about scanning the membership for appropriate persons for the given task.

Nominating Committee Members
✰ Harold Clarke (VA)  Denny Kaemingk (SD)  

Past Presidents Committee

The Past Presidents' Committee oversees the Susan M. Hunter and the Wainwright Awards. The Susan M. Hunter Correctional Scholarship is named in honor of Susan Hunter, former Chief of the Prisons Division at the National Institute of Corrections, as a lasting tribute to her commitment to the field of corrections. Susan was 58 when she passed away March 14, 2004. The Scholarship provides the opportunity for former presidents of ASCA to contribute their experience and knowledge for the betterment of the Association, to formally acknowledge the contributions of former members, and to encourage higher education to the children of correctional employees through the awarding of the Susan M. Hunter Scholarships. The Wainwright Award honors Louie L. Wainwright, Secretary of Corrections in Florida during many years during the 60s, 70s and 80s. He holds the record for longest serving correctional agency head in a single state. He has for years been the acknowledged Dean of American Correctional Administrators based on his twenty-five years of continuous service as Secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections. He presided as President of ACA and along with Ellis MacDougall, founded the Association of State Correctional Administrators. He established many facilities and implemented countless innovations in Florida during his tenure. His facilities were best known by ACA auditors as the cleanest and most orderly in the nation. He was an ACA Standard bearer; and during his tenure, all of his facilities were accredited. This award is bestowed on the Associate member of ASCA who has contributed greatly to corrections since having left his/her post as director of a corrections agency.

Past Presidents Committee Members
✰ AT Wall (RI)  Leann Bertsch (ND)  Harold Clarke (VA)  

Program and Training Committee

The Program and Training Committee designs and develops training and programs that are relevant to the membership’s current needs for specific information, enriched by the research and study of experts and the experiential wisdom of fellow members who are dealing successfully with challenging issues and tailored for new and experienced members.

Program and Training Committee Members
✰ Julie Jones (FL)  Henry Atencio (ID)  Leann Bertsch (ND)  Rollin Cook (UT)  Bob Lampert (WY)  Rick Raemisch (CO)  AT Wall (RI)  

Racial Disparity Committee

The Racial Disparity Committee examines correctional current policies and practices that generate racial disparities; promotes promising practices for eliminating racial disparity within our systems; and actively advocates to influence policies that produce racial disparities within the correctional system and to suggest solutions that may eliminate these disparities.

Racial Disparity Committee Members
✰ Harold Clarke (VA)  John Baldwin (IL)  Leann Bertsch (ND)  Denny Kaemingk (SD)  Bob Lampert (WY)  Rick Raemisch (CO)  Tom Roy (MN)  

Reentry and Community Corrections Committee

The Reentry and Community Corrections Committee was formed to identify and promulgate correctional practices that are likely to reduce the number of offenders returning to prison after release. To that end, this committee does the following; Solicits presentations and reports on promising reentry projects, Monitors a number of information sharing projects produced by other committees and entities when they relate to reentry successes, Participates in the Council of State Governments (CSG) National Reentry Resource Center, and Searches and shares with members federal funding for institutional and community reentry programs and services.

Reentry and Community Corrections Committee Members
✰ Tom Roy (MN)  Henry Atencio (ID)  Loita Butcher (WV)  Rick Raemisch (CO)  Joe Ponte (NY)  Gary Mohr (OH)  Jimmy LeBlanc (LA)  Bob Lampert (WY)  Denny Kaemingk (SD)  Julie Jones (FL)  Rollin Cook (UT)  Harold Clarke (VA)  Leann Bertsch (ND)  John Baldwin (IL)  Scott Semple (CT)  

Restrictive Housing Committee

The Restrictive Housing Committee was formed in January 2017 in response to an increasing national focus relative to the use of restrictive housing. The primary purpose of the committee is to facilitate member dialogue on the use of restrictive housing. ASCA has undertaken a number of initiatives to facilitate dialogue and to identify potential best practices for members to employ in their jurisdictions.

Restrictive Housing Committee Members
✰ Gary Mohr (OH)  Leann Bertsch (ND)  Harold Clarke (VA)  Bob Lampert (WY)  Rick Raemisch (CO)  Tom Roy (MN)  Loita Butcher (WV)  Chuck Ryan (AZ)  

Staff Wellness Committee

The purpose of the staff wellness committee is to promote and improve the health and well-being of our correctional professionals lives through health education and workplace health promotion activities that will support positive lifestyle changes. "Wellness" can cover many things. This committee will focus on; physical fitness, nutrition, mental health & stress reduction, chronic disease management, financial security, disease & injury prevention, generational workforce issues, family health, and care giver & elderly concerns.

Staff Wellness Committee Members
✰ Scott Semple (CT)  Henry Atencio (ID)  Colette Peters (OR)  Anne Precythe (MO)  Bryan Collier (TX)  Pelicia Hall (MS)  John Baldwin (IL)  

Tom Clements Award Committee

The Clements Award Committee honors Tom Clements, who was formerly Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, and who was assassinated in the line of duty in March of 2013. Throughout his thirty-three years as a correctional professional, Tom pursued a progressive vision of a corrections professional that supports the redemption of offenders. An innovator, he was continually on a mission to find new and better ways to improve conditions for staff, provide needed programs and treatment for offenders, and build bridges to community services that would enhance offenders’ chances for success. The Clements Award Committee is charged with developing an award that recognizes members of the Association who exemplify Tom Clements’ virtues of vision and innovation in the corrections profession. The award signifies that the recipient, among all other members of the Association, most closely exemplifies Tom’s virtues of vision and innovation during his work in the corrections profession.

Tom Clements Award Committee Members
✰ Rick Raemisch (CO)  Wendy Kelley (AR)  Gary Mohr (OH)  Colette Peters (OR)  Scott Semple (CT)  John Wetzel (PA)