MORRIS COUNTY AFTERCARE PROGRAM
CODE OF ETHICS STATEMENT AND GUIDELINES
To promote methadone, as prescribed, administered and monitored by professional care givers, as an effective treatment for those suffering from opioid addiction. The Committee’s focus is to educate the public, the criminal justice system, treatment professionals, and funding providers about the efficacy of methadone, particularly for those who have tried and failed repeatedly at medication free treatment.
The Committee aspires to create an atmosphere in which methadone treatment is affordable and accessible, and in which those opting for this form of treatment can do so without fear of stigma, discrimination, or disapproval through:
- Advocating to funding providers for resources necessary to provide comprehensive substance abuse treatment, with methadone being a component of same.
- Partnering with criminal justice professionals to ensure collaboration on shared clients and to advocate for the use of methadone as an effective form of treatment for opiate abuse.
- Educating the public, particularly employers, on the difference between opioid addiction and the use of methadone as a means of treatment.
- Reaching out directly to the addicted and their family members to explain the science of addiction; to debunk myths about methadone; and to suggest it as a form of treatment, particularly for those who have tried and failed repeatedly at medication free treatment.
These values guide Morris County Aftercare Program in accomplishing our mission:
- Client satisfaction
It will be the responsibility of all employees and volunteers of Morris County Aftercare Program to adhere to the ethical principles set forth, and to uphold and advance the honor and dignity of each person’s profession and responsibilities.
In keeping with the highest standards of ethical conduct, I acknowledge that I:
- Will use my skill and knowledge for the advancement of professional services for persons served;
- Will remain honest and impartial in my relationships with persons served, co-workers, and the general public;
- Will protect the confidentiality of information concerning the business and/or personal affairs of persons served, donors and co-workers
- Will perform duties with personal integrity that will promote and foster the confidence, trust and respect of persons served, funders, donors, and the general public;
- Will take appropriate action to eliminate or prevent discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status and/or sexual preference in Morris County Aftercare Program’s personnel practices and service delivery;
- Will perform responsibilities consistent with the policies, procedures and standards of practice recognized by Morris County Aftercare Program;
- Will comply with all applicable local, state, provincial, and federal, civil and criminal laws while performing Morris County Aftercare Program responsibilities;
- Will promote the mission of Morris County Aftercare Program in a positive manner;
- Will interact with all persons served, volunteers and employees in a respectful, fair and professional manner, and will neither engage or conspire in any acts which violate ones’ basic human rights and dignity;
- Will respect the choices of persons served, employees and co-workers and will neither persuade or impose personal ideologies whether political or religious;
- Will ensure proper stewardship of charitable contributions, including: careful handling of funds; timely reports of the use and management of funds; and explicit consent by the donor before altering the conditions of the funds and/or property;
- Will maximize the use of all Morris County Aftercare Program resources whether it be money, equipment, supplies, and /or time for the best interest of persons served within Morris County Aftercare Program;
- Will not engage in personal fund raising activities that may interfere with service delivery and/or violates Morris County Aftercare policies;
- Will not use Morris County Aftercare property for personal use (i.e. computers, supplies, cell phones, etc.);
- Will not engage in social and/or sexual relationships of any kind with persons served and/or their families;
- Will only witness the signing of documents that are generated by and/or reflect Morris County Aftercare services (i.e. record releases, etc);
- Will ensure that donors receive informed and ethical advice about the value and tax implications of potential gifts;
- Will ensure that all solicitation materials are accurate and correctly reflect Morris County Aftercare Program mission and use of solicited funds; and,
- Will disclose all conflicts of interest; such disclosure does not preclude or imply ethical impropriety.