• As a member of this agencies workforce, I will place the welfare of our clients and their families above all other concerns.

    Workforce Members include employees, volunteers, students, interns, etc.

    Clients include patients and consumers of the agencies services

  • I will deliver kind and humane care regardless of race, creed, age, or sexual preference.
  • I will not deliberately do harm to a client, either physically or psychologically.  I will not verbally assault, ridicule, attempt to subjugate or endanger a client, not will I allow any other staff or client to do so.
  • I will urge changes in the lives of clients only on their behalf and in the interest of promoting recovery from the  illness we are charged and professionally prepared to treat.  I will not otherwise press them to adopt beliefs and behaviors that reflect my value system rather than their own.
  • I will remain aware of my own skill and limitations.  Since clients and former clients may perceive me as an authority and over-value my opinion, I will attempt never to counsel or advise them on matters not within my area of expertise.  I will be willing to recognize when it is in the best interest of my client to release or refer them to another program or individual.
  • I will not engage in any activity that could be construed as exploitation of clients for personal gain, sexually, financially, physically, or socially.

  • I will not become financially, romantically, or sexually involved with a client, their family members, or other persons who are significant to the client for at least two years after the clients date of last serviced with any Agency division to which I’ve been assigned.  I understand that even after two years from the client’s date of last service, such involvement is not recommended and, if I choose to engage in such involvement, I will consult with an Agency Supervisor or above.

  • I will not provide direct client services to anyone with whom I have had a personal, social, sexual, or financial relationship.

  • I will not attempt to use my authority over a client in a coercive manner to meet my own needs.  I will not promoted dependence on me, but will help clients to empower themselves.
  • I will avoid self-help based recovery group meetings (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc.) whenever possible where clients are present.  Will not sponsor a current or former client.  I will not provide direct client services to a current or former sponsor or sponsee.

  • I will not name or give information about a client, former client, or client family member except to other agency staff as required by treatment or when specifically authorized by the client.
  • I understand and agree to defend both the spirit and the letter of all agency policies and procedures received either in writing or verbally on patients rights, prohibition of sexual contact, etc. that are designed to protect clients from harm.

  • I will respect the rights and views of other professionals and professions, and when appropriate will seek consultation on behalf of agency clients.
  • I understand that therapeutic relationships do not end when clients leave treatment.  I recognize the need to and will conduct an subsequent relationships with former clients with the same concern for their well being that is acknowledged above.
  • I will serve as a responsible role model in my personal us of alcohol and any mood altering drugs.  If I am a person recovering from chemical dependency, I will maintain total abstinence while employed or volunteering with the agency.
  • I understand that this is a drug-free workplace, and I will never come to work while under the influence of drugs, including alcohol, that impair my ability to perform my duties.
  • I will exhibit responsible concern for the well being of my peers and the agency by not ignoring manifestations of illness or unethical conduct in my colleagues.
  • I will report to my supervisor (or up my chain of command) any information received that compromises the integrity of the program through alleged misconduct of staff or volunteers.

  • I will accept responsibility for my continuing educations and professional development as part of my commitment to provide quality care for those who seek help.
  • I will not manufacture, possess, or use any controlled substance in the workplace, and understand that to do so will subject me to appropriate disciplinary action that may include termination.
  • I will not distribute or dispense any controlled substances in the workplace, unless permitted by appropriate licensure and State/Federal regulations.
  • I will not sexually harass another employee or anyone connected to or doing business with the agency.  I understand that sexual harassment is illegal and will subject me to appropriate disciplinary action.  It is disrespectful to the person harassed and can cause great emotional distress.

  • I will not smoke in any County facilities or vehicles. I understand that it is against County ordinance, State law, and in some instances Federal law. Violation may subject me to disciplinary action, I will only smoke in designated smoking areas while on County property.
  • I will correctly document and code my daily activities.  Billed third party payers, including but not limited to Medicare, Medi-Cal and private insurance companies, trust me to do everything in my power to make sure that the billing for services is done accurately and documented appropriately.
  • I will promptly report to my supervisor (or up my chain of command) any questionable billing , deliberate, or inadvertent fraudulent acts.  I agree to comply with all Agency, County, State and Federal policies and procedures, rules, regulations, and/or laws pertaining to the delivery of services and securing reimbursement for services.
  • I understand that it is part of my job responsibilities to work with others within and outside of the Agency, and I agree to be an active team player. I know gossiping, racist statements, and sexist statements are disruptive to the workplace, and hurtful to others.  I shall refrain from such activities and call such activities to the attention of my supervisor when I see them happen.