MP Service Committee

The purpose of Member and Public Services (MPS) in ACA is to support ACA Members in becoming responsible for their own well-being through ACA-related materials, and to provide information for the Public and professionals by providing ACA-related resources and services.

Check here for the latest MPS Committee (and earlier Outreach Committee) reports to the WSO Board.

Member Public Service Committee Report - September 2016

The month of September saw lots of work from the MPS ACA family. In addition to many MPS Subcommittee members serving dual duties on the ABC and Service Structure Committees, they have continued reaching out to group service representatives and delegates, developed and sent out a delegate survey, sent information to treatment facilities, worked with new and forming service bodies in different areas of the country.

A new initiative we are undertaking in MPS is to work with groups, intergroups, and regions to obtain contact info for sending out ACA informational letters and emails. The contact information is all we need to send the ACA information out. We sent nearly two dozen letters with information about ACA and local meetings last month.

We continue to collaborate on Slack which has empowered many people who want to contribute their
time and energy toward helping WSO spread the ACA message to be a part of the ACA team.

You can find more detailed reports on each of the subcommittee and MPS Statistics pages on this website under the main MPS menu tab or by clicking here:

MPS Monthly Statistics - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/mps-statistics

Intergroup Subcommittee - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/intergroups

Hospitals and Institutions Subcommittee - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/hospitals-institutions-h-i

Delegate Training Subcommittee - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/delegate-training

As always we are looking to expand our MPS family and add more hands to help do the work. Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or reach out to me on Slack, and let me know you would like to get involved with Member and Public Service work!

With love for service,

Bill D., Chair
MPS Committee

Member Public Service Committee Report - August 2016

The month of August continued to be productive for the MPS ACA family. In addition to many MPS Subcommittee members serving dual duties on the ABC and Service Structure Committees, they have continued reaching out to group service representatives and delegates, developed training materials, sent information to treatment facilities, worked with new and forming service bodies in different areas of the country.

We have set up a new team calendar on Slack, WSO's online collaborative work platform. It is a Google calendar associated with a generic email account so that various people can update it. This will enable everyone involved in WSO service to see at a glance when board and committee meetings are scheduled. Slack has empowered many people who want to contribute their time and energy toward helping WSO spread the ACA message to be a part of the ACA team. 

You can find more detailed reports on each of the subcommittee and MPS Statistics pages on this website under the main MPS menu tab or by clicking here:

MPS Monthly Statistics - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/mps-statistics

Intergroup Subcommittee - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/intergroups

Hospitals and Institutions Subcommittee - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/hospitals-institutions-h-i

Delegate Training Subcommittee - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/delegate-training

As always we are looking to expand our MPS family and add more hands to help do the work. Please email me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or reach out to me on Slack, and let me know you would like to get involved with Member and Public Service work!

With love for service,

Bill D., Chair
MPS Committee

Member Public Service Committee Report - June 2016

Hello fellow ACA members,

Another month has gone by and there is much happening in the MPS area of ACA. We have 3 active committees and a special worker who are doing a tremendous amount of work for the fellowship. We invite any ACA member who is ready to expand their service role beyond their group to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and discuss where you may be best suited to help ACA reach even more people.

Here is a brief recap of the month’s activities for MPS and its subcommittees. You can find more detailed reports on each of the subcommittee and MPS Statistics pages on this website under the main MPS menu tab or by clicking here:

MPS Monthly Statistics - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/mps-statistics

Intergroup Subcommittee - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/intergroups

Hospitals and Institutions Subcommittee - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/hospitals-institutions-h-i

Delegate Training and Support Subcommittee - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/delegate-training

As chair of MPS I am fortunate to interact with people from all over the world with respects to member and pubic services. This month I had the opportunity to dialogue with people in Russia, the UK, Africa, and Canada.

I also was invited to speak at a tremendous regular Saturday morning ACA meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida. There were about 83 people at the meeting and it was a privilege to carry the ACA World Service message directly to them. As a result, we have a list of 16 people who offered to do service at the local level, with some interested in World Service.

There were people at that meeting who had over 25 years of continuous ACA program involvement and actually attended meetings with ACA co-founder, Tony A. It was a great experience to meet and get to know them which I would not have had without volunteering to do service.

Please get involved in your local intergroup if your group is not already a member. Our groups are not always large enough to do outreach service as many are just struggling to pay the rent. The benefit of a strong intergroup is that it will pay dividends in helping get the word out about ACA and attract new members. These new members bring new energy and experience to our groups and allow us to continue to grow.

We are currently in need of an H&I Chair to work with the committee members in carrying the ACA message into hospitals and institutions. This work is very rewarding, especially for someone who has experience with those facilities.

Here are a few of the responsibilities of the H&I Chair:
- HI chair will provide a monthly report (by the 3rd of the month) to MPS chair on matters occurring over past month, if no action, provide statistics of how many HI related emails calls came in and mailings sent so people can quantify need
- once a month it is suggested you attend the monthly WSO teleconference to provide your report or ask someone to cover the commitment.
- it is suggested that H&I chair have 2 years in ACA and familiarity with service
- hold H&I teleconferences with your committee members to discuss current H&I literature, outreach efforts with membership/Intergroups. Provide any minutes of H&I committee meetings to MPS Chair for posting.

Until next month with love for service,

Bill D.
MPS Chair

Member Public Service Committee Report - July 2016

With the formation of so many new WSO committees and subcommittees as a result of the ABC, we in MPS have all been pouring all our resources into getting them up and running. Now that we have a few months behind us and the committees are all meeting regularly and churning out results, we can get back to regular work with the MPS Committee. The MPS committee includes chairs of the various subcommittees and any other ACA Member else who wishes to join and work on it.

As part of our ACA outreach effort, for the first time in ACA history we had an information and literature table at a Florida AA state convention. The 60th Florida AA State Convention drew just over 2,500 recovering alcoholics, alanons and alateens with sobriety ranging from 60 years to 1 day. We sold ACA books, gave away trifold brochures and spoke about ACA with a variety of people.

We made an important connection at the convention as our table was directly opposite the pre-registration table for next year’s AA convention. After speaking with the chairman, it looks like we have a good chance to extend our role in cooperating with AA and be listed in the official program as well as having a room to use for meetings and workshops.  This is a big step for ACA to cooperate with another fellowship and participate in one of their events. They have done this over the years with Al-Anon and recently with Alateen.

Progress is continuing toward setting up a Regional Service Committee in South Florida to enable it to have a local live helpline and local committees that mirror work done at the WSO level. The Steering Committee will meet for the first time face to face later in August or early September. This will be a big boost to the ACA community in the Southern half of Florida.

One of the things we are doing to facilitate all of this work and the work of other WSO service bodies is to set up a new team calendar on Slack, our collaborative work platform. It is a Google calendar associated with a generic email account so that a variety of people can update it. This will enable everyone involved in WSO service to see at a glance when board and committee meetings are scheduled. Slack continues to perform well in meeting WSO’s diverse communication and collaboration needs.

You can find more detailed reports on each of the subcommittee and MPS Statistics pages on this website under the main MPS menu tab or by clicking here:

MPS Monthly Statistics - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/mps-statistics

Intergroup Subcommittee - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/intergroups

Hospitals and Institutions Subcommittee - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/hospitals-institutions-h-i

Delegate Training Subcommittee - http://repository.adultchildren.org/outreach-committee/delegate-training

As always we are looking to expand our MPS family and add more hands to help do the work. Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or reach out to me on Slack, and let me know you would like to get involved with Member and Public Service work!

With love for service,

Bill D., Chair
MPS Committee

Member Public Service Committee Report - May 2016

Hello Fellow ACA's! What a great 2016 ABC and Inaugural World Convention we just had in Florida! I am still in awe of the energy I felt there while sharing the experience with all who attended. You definitely do not want to miss the 2017 ABC next April with its location yet to be determined!

We are hitting the ground running in the Member and Public Service (MPS) Committee and its subcommittees. The bulk of MPS work is planned through the subcommittees by volunteers. I think we all realized at the ABC meeting the WSO Board is over extended and cannot continue bearing the brunt of all the volunteer work that needs to be done to keep ACA growing and thriving. Many of you have already stepped up and joined committees. Thank you!

If you have a desire to do service from a collaborative and loving space, then please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and together we will find a committee for you to join.

The committees in the area of MPS that are open to volunteers are:

MPS Committee – The MPS Committee is the umbrella committee for all Member and Public Service activity in ACA, including requests for help and outreach efforts. It is the duty of this committee to support ACA Members in becoming responsible for their own well-being and to provide ACA-related information to the public and professionals who treat adult children. Chairs of the MPS subcommittees mentioned above are automatically members of the MPS Committee and the committee has one paid special worker.

The committee is open to new members and the chair can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by contacting our special worker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

MPS Subcommittees:

Intergroup Subcommittee – The Intergroup Subcommittee exists to coordinate communications between established Intergroups in order to provide support for one another, enable Intergroups to provide support more directly with understanding and participating in the support of the World Service Organization structure, and to explore how leadership and support from the WSO Board might better serve the fellowship via Intergroup activity.

Bonnie K-M from TX81 currently chairs this subcommittee. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Hospitals & Institutions Subcommittee (H&I) – This subcommittee is a liaison between WSO and hospitals and institutions. This includes facilitating the development of ACA meetings with the institutions and ensuring materials are available to the institutions upon request in support of such meetings.

The position of Chair of the H&I Committee has been filled by Josie E from TX. Please contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in this service opportunity.

Delegate Training Subcommittee – is a new subcommittee that will serve as a resource to help educate Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the Annual Business Conference by providing information on what is read prior to attending conference, as well as helping delegates be more informed in helping their members/groups practice traditions and concepts and holding group consciences.

Laura L, a delegate from CA1162, has volunteered to chair this committee. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Subcategories

  • MPS Statistics
  • H-and-I Committee

    The Hospital and Institutions (H&I) sub-committee is responsible to the WSO for liaison with these institutions, including the potential development of ACA meetings with the institutions and ensuring materials are available to the institutions upon request in support of such meetings.

     Check here for the latest Hospital and Institutions Committee committee reports to the WSO Board.

  • InterGroups
  • Delegate Training