The Justice Center is seeking nominations for its annual Code of Conduct Recognition Award. This award honors staff who embody the responsibilities set forth in the Justice Center’s Code of Conduct for Custodians of People with Special Needs. The Code provides a framework intended to assist employees to help people with special needs “live self-directed meaningful lives in their communities, free from abuse and neglect, and protected from harm.” 

The deadline for receipt of nominations for the Third Annual Code of Conduct Award is Friday, July 13, 2018. Complete information on the award can be found here. Nomination forms can be submitted online and are available here.

“The Justice Center Code of Conduct plays a vital role in guiding staff to help people with special needs reach their full potential. It is important we recognize those whose actions demonstrate a commitment to the core values laid out in the Code of Conduct,” said William T. Gettman, Chair of the Justice Center Advisory Council.

Four winners will be selected from across the state. All staff who sign the Code of Conduct are eligible. Staff can nominate themselves or may be nominated by a person receiving services, family member, guardian, co-worker, supervisor or member of the public.

Members of the Justice Center’s advisory council will review nominations and select four award winners who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the Code of Conduct throughout the year. The 2018 Code of Conduct Recognition Award will be given at the September meeting of the Advisory Council. Recipients will receive their award and be honored at a luncheon.

About the Code of Conduct

Individuals who are employed by, or volunteers at, state operated, licensed or certified facilities or agencies under the Justice Center’s jurisdiction are required to sign and adhere to the provisions of the Code of Conduct. Consultants, volunteers or contractors of organizations or companies that contract with facilities and agencies, under the Justice Center’s jurisdiction, are also considered to be custodians if they have regular and substantial contact with a service recipient. The Code of Conduct can be found here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  April 16, 2018
Contact: Christine Buttigieg, Director of Public Information
(518) 949-5621 christine.buttigieg@justicecenter.ny.gov