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Purpose of the RAC

The purpose of the Regional Advisory Council is to advise in the establishment and maintenance of a comprehensive system of services for children, youth and Families within the Region. Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes 17a-30 (formerly 17-434) the mission of the Council shall be:
  • To advise the Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families on the development and delivery of services in the Region; and
  • To facilitate the coordination of services for children, youth and their families in the Region

Click here to download RAC Bylaws.

RAC Funding

Each RAC is required to submit a plan for use of the funding it receives.

Click here for 2017 Funding Application (approved)

Click here for 2016 Funding Application (approved.)

RAC Meeting Schedule

Region 5 RAC Meeting Schedule 2016 (approved at January meeting.) Please note: always check to be sure that meeting locations have not changed and that meetings have not been canceled. Call our office for up-to-date information. 475-235-2184

RAC Meeting Minutes

RAC Membership

Each Regional Advisory Council (RAC) consists of no more than 21 voting members, with additional non-voting membership open to any interested parties who either reside or work within the region.

A majority of the members of the RAC should be people who reside in the region and should be representative of young persons, parents and others interested in the delivery of services to children and youth. This majority, in addition, should earn less than 50% of their income from providing human services to children, youth and their families. The balance of the membership should be employees of private providers of human services to children and families within the region.

Members should also reflect and represent the different geographic areas, as well as demographic, cultural and economic interests of the region.

At this writing, the RAC for Region 5 (Greater Waterbury, Danbury and Torrington) meets simultaneously in three locations: Waterbury, Torrington and Danbury. The meeting participants are connected by teleconference. Click on the Meeting Schedule (below) for current addresses and times.

Statewide Advisory Council

The RACs in each region all send 1-2 representatives to the Statewide Advisory Council. This body meets with the DCF Commissioner’s office every other month. It makes recommendations to the Department of Children and Families and assists DCF in fulfilling it’s mission.