Code of Ethics

 

CODE OF ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

I understand and agree that it is my responsibility to serve the goals of the Agency in a professional and ethical manner.  I therefore, agree to abide by the following basic principles and Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct:

a.     Respect for the confidentiality of all records, materials and communications concerning information of persons served in accordance with Michigan Law and LCCMH Policy, and will take special care to protect the “best interest” of persons served.  Caregivers shall not access confidential information of relatives, friends, acquaintances, etc.  When the condition of a person served indicates a clear and imminent danger to self or others, the staff member must take reasonable action by notifying authorities. 

b.     Respect for the person served by maintaining an objective professional relationship at all times.  I agree to not engage in activities that seek to meet my need at the expense of a person served.  Dual / exploitive relationships with persons served (such as providing service to relatives and/or friends, engaging in sexual intimacy, borrowing money, or exchanging gifts of significant value) will be avoided.  In the role of Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS), the boundaries with a person served are unique.  A CPSS will share lived experience to help foster recovery, advocate for full integration or re-integration of individuals into the community of their choice, promote social and community networking, promote the value of the individual in the community, and communicate as a peer.  This may include shared meals or social events with persons served only if documented and therapeutically beneficial to the person served.  Social media connections shall be avoided with persons served.  The vulnerability of a person served shall not be exploited. 

c.     I agree to neither give nor receive personal remuneration from persons served for any reason except as established in Board Policy.

d.     I agree to not use the Agency affiliation to recruit persons served for a private practice or for religious or political party membership.  

e.     Respect for the rights and views of other professionals and colleagues through understanding areas of competence of other professionals, making use of all professional and technical resources that serve the best interest of the person served, assigning proper credit to the professionals involved in an action, and by reporting known ethical violations of other staff / colleagues to the Recipient Rights Officer, Corporate Compliance Liaison, and administrative staff.

f.     Willingness to assess one’s own personal and vocational strengths and limitations, biases, and effectiveness, ability and willingness to recognize when it is in the  best interest of the person served to refer or release him/her to another individual or program.

g.     Therapy techniques not approved by the Agency or those considered experimental are not permitted.  Research is not permitted outside the parameters of Board approval. Currently approved therapies are located in Policy 02.004.80.

h.     Commitment to provide the highest quality of care through both personal effort and the utilization of any other available professionals or services which may assist the person served in his/her recovery plan. Keeping current with emerging knowledge relevant to recovery and openly sharing this knowledge with colleagues and individuals served.  Practicing and promoting Person-Centered Planning and Self-Determination.  A CPSS will actively pursue recovery and serve as a role model of recovery for others, and not abuse any substances under any circumstances.

i.      I agree to refrain from witnessing external documents for persons served (such as guardianship, powers of attorney, and advanced directives).  I may witness forms the agency uses internally (such as IPOS Signature Sheets).

j.      Acceptance of employment or contractual relationship implies that I am in agreement with the general policies and procedures of the Agency.  Therefore, professional activities will be in accord with the objectives of the Agency.

k.     Respect for the dignity and worth of each individual while striving for the protection and preservation of fundamental human rights and rights to mental health treatment per the Michigan Mental Health Code.  Be directed by the knowledge that all individuals have the right to live in a safe and least restrictive environment. 

l.      I agree to not compromise or reduce the public trust in mental health professionals.  Practices that are inhumane, illegal, or discriminatory are not permissible.  Not practice, condone, or facilitate in any form of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, spiritual beliefs, political beliefs, socioeconomic status, marital status, language, or any other preference or personal characteristic, condition or state.  Good moral character will be maintained. 

m.   I will not misrepresent services, qualifications or position to persons served, and shall fully inform persons served as to the purpose, nature, scope and progress of treatment seeking the full participation in the process.

n.     Supervisory staff shall not engage in dual / exploitive relationships with those they are supervising as outlined in Agency / County policy. 

o.     Supervisory staff must be aware of the limitations of staff they are supervising, helping them to acquire knowledge and skills for their professional development.  Supervisory staff shall not ask staff to carry out responsibilities outside those they are privileged or trained / licensed to perform. 

p.     I will honor all agency guidelines, policies, and principles of conduct.