AAPC Will Consolidate with ACPE
By Amy Greene, Board Chair  |  February 12, 2019

ACPE Colleagues, 

We are about to write our next chapter together. ACPE and AAPC members broke voter turnout records and overwhelmingly voted in favor to consolidate into one association. Our two associations have a shared history, values and culture. Both born in the 1960s, each association had a slightly different mission and focus but more similarities than differences. During that time, we met and collaborated regularly. Now a little more than 50 years later, we will join as one association with a unified voice and mission. Below are the results of the two elections. 

AAPC Ballot Measure:
Turnout: 563 (61.4%) of 917 electors voted in this ballot.
Approve: 525 (94.9%)
Not Approve: 28 (5.1%)
Abstain: 10 (1.8%)

ACPE Referendum:
Turnout: 675 (51.7%) of 1306 electors voted in this ballot.
Yes: 585 (88.9%)
No: 73 (11.1%)
Abstain: 17 (2.5%)

Yesterday, the ACPE Board of Directors met to ratify the referendum results and officially invite former AAPC members to join our association. We also appointed a transition team of ACPE members and former AAPC members, established a Psychotherapy Commission, and endorsed a proposal for entry to the certification process for former AAPC members in good standing. The Professional Ethics Commission started reviewing AAPC’s ethics guidelines to determine how and what to incorporate into ACPE’s code of ethics. Our office team has already began gearing up for the transition of operations and files. Below is a timeline for the consolidation:

Dissolution/Consolidation Timeline:
  • All AAPC operations continue through the official vote and ACPE Board meetings (Monday, February 11, 2019, 12:00pm).
  • February 25, 2019 – ACPE sends out “confirmation” email to all AAPC members that verifies membership, contact information, and intent to join ACPE.
  • By March 1, 2019 – All AAPC data transferred to ACPE; Official notice of AAPC dissolution sent to State of Missouri with transfer plan (including details regarding the vote of the directors and members on the issue of dissolution).
  • March 4, 11, 18 2019 – Reminder emails to AAPC members to sign-up with ACPE.
  • March 25, 2019 – “Final notice” (though people are welcome to join later; the final numbers will be used to modify ACPE budget for the remainder of 2019).
  • March 25, 2019 – Ending contract notice sent to AAPC database company (YM); Termination agreement with RMK management company confirmed effective date June 30, 2019.
  • April 1, 2019 – Welcome to all “new” ACPE members; AAPC members invited to join Communities of Practice; Draft revised budget to ACPE finance committee; All AAPC assets transferred to ACPE; When the transfer is complete, the AAPC board of directors notifies Missouri Attorney General a list showing those, other than creditors, to whom the assets were transferred, including the address of ACPE and what assets ACPE received; ACPE continues current membership billing of AAPC members.
  • May 7, 2019 – ACPE Board reviews/approves revised budget; Foundation approves MAP plan (including representation from AAPC) and incorporation of MAP funds in ACPE Endowment; AAPC formally welcomed to ACPE as ACPE Psychotherapists and friends.
  • June 30, 2019 – close financial books on AAPC fiscal year (July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019).
  • November 2019 – final IRS 990 will be filed for AAPC as a separate organization.
Thank you for demonstrating the generosity and hospitality I’ve come to expect from my ACPE colleagues. Together we are taking a historic step forward. Undoubtedly, we will experience some discomfort as our associations join into one, however, I believe our common future will be stronger, richer, and more diverse establishing the tone for our next 50 years.


Rev. Amy Greene, D.Min
ACPE Board Chair

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