Hi Elliot, thanks for the quick response! I dug through the archive of the site (before I updated ACF) and I came across the method in api.php. Maybe the previous developer added it? Maybe if I add it to functions.php that will take care of it?
// the field return
function the_field_return($field_name, $post_id = false)
//echo 'field name: '.$field_name.', post id: '.$post_id;
$value = get_field($field_name, $post_id);
$value = @implode(', ',$value);