ACA FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE SERVICE AWARD

Background and Purpose 

The ACA Federal Legislative Service Award recognizes a federal public official or public agency staff member who has made a significant contribution to the counseling profession or recipients of the profession’s services by influencing public policy at the national level.  

Deadline: Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
Judges: ACA Public Policy & Legislation Committee
Prize: Complimentary ACA Conference & Expo registration (travel and lodging not included). Recognition and presentation of the award at the conference. Award may be presented at a time and location convenient for the award winner.


Eligibility, Rules and Criteria

The efforts of the nominee:

  • Must have resulted in public policy changes at the national level (through either legislative or administrative action) that have had a significant, positive impact on the counseling profession or individuals served by the profession. These include expanding the breadth of services professional counselors may provide or broadening the base of potential consumers of counseling services to include new populations; creating greater opportunity for the professional development of the counseling profession; or improving the coordination of existing or new services with other professionals to benefit individuals served by the counseling profession.
  • Be consistent with the mission of the counseling profession.
  • Have included one or more of the following activities: taking primary responsibility for introducing and advancing a bill through Congress; offering an amendment to legislation or a regulation; gathering information leading to the introduction and passage of legislation or a regulation; presenting testimony that influenced the introduction or amendment of legislation or a regulation; exposing conditions or issues in hearings that result in administrative or legislative changes or legislative amendments; and/or developing a program for constituents to communicate with their legislative representatives in support of passage of a significant legislative bill.
  • Nominations must come from an ACA member.
  • The nominee is not required to be an ACA Member.
  • An individual can only be nominated for one award per year.

Nomination Guidelines

In your nomination submission, briefly:

  • Identify the national legislative or regulatory action that the individual has helped to influence through his or her efforts and explain and describe the realized or anticipated effects of the passage of this legislation or regulation.
  • Explain how the members of ACA and its divisions or organizational affiliates most likely will benefit from this legislation or regulation.
  • Identify and describe the activities the individual undertook in one or more of the following areas: taking primary responsibility for introducing and advancing a bill through Congress; offering an amendment to legislation or a regulation; gathering information leading to the introduction and passage of legislation or a regulation; presenting testimony that influenced the introduction or amendment of legislation or a regulation; exposing conditions or issues in hearings that result in administrative or legislative changes or legislative amendments; and/or developing a program for constituents to communicate with their representatives in support of passage of a significant bill.

Nomination Checklist

  • Nominee Biography
  • Nomination Letter (Focus comments on the specific award requirements)
  • Supporting Materials
  • Maximum of two supporting letters

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

**NOTE:  If this is the first time you have submitted a nomination, you must create an account.  The email and password for the awards submission system may or may NOT be the same as your ACA website email and password.  They are different systems, and are not linked.

Submissions must be received by Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.

Send questions about eligibility criteria or other parts of the application process HERE 

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