The Code of Conduct is a framework for certain employees to help people with special needs “live self-directed, meaningful lives in their communities, free from abuse and neglect, and protected from harm.”
Employees who have or will have regular and direct contact with individuals receiving services or support from facilities or providers under Justice Center jurisdiction are considered Mandated Reporters and must sign that they have read and understand the Code of Conduct.
Please be advised that the Protection of People with Special Needs Act (Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012) requires that the Code of Conduct be signed upon hiring and on an annual basis.
Guidance documents and acknowledgement forms relating to the Code of Conduct.
As provided by law, rule, or regulation, only custodians who have or will have regular and direct contact with vulnerable persons receiving services or support from facilities or providers covered by the Justice Center Act must sign that they have read and understand the Code of Conduct.
The Justice Center provides free, online training for mandated reports who must sign the Code of Conduct. This interactive training asks the participant to apply the Code to real-life scenarios. This training is meant to enhance a mandated employee's understanding of the Code of Conduct.
This is not a mandatory training, but is offered as a resource for staff and provider agencies.
Train the Trainer Sessions
The New York State Justice Center has partnered with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) to develop an interactive and robust curriculum designed to assist organizations provide staff training on the Code of Conduct for Custodians of People with Special Needs. The objective of the curriculum is to ensure that staff who support people served under the jurisdiction of the New York State Justice Center (custodians) understand the importance of the Code of Conduct and how it serves as a framework of professional conduct.
The material in this curriculum takes the ten parts of the code and teaches staff how to practice ethical, dynamic and respectful support. Participants of the Train the Trainer session will be taught how to use this curriculum to teach the Code of Conduct to both new staff and seasoned staff through skill practice, group discussions and other activities.
Participants in this training should include agency trainers, human resource professionals, administrators and anyone that will be able to bring this curriculum to life in their respective organizations/agencies.
*Please note, all sessions for 2019 are currently full. Check back periodically for newly scheduled sessions.
Code of Conduct Awards
The Code of Conduct for Custodians of People with Special Needs provides a framework for assisting people with special needs “live self-directed, meaningful lives in their communities, free from abuse and neglect, and protected from harm.” The purpose of this award is to recognize those staff members who demonstrate a strong commitment to the provisions of the Code of Conduct.
In September 2020, the Justice Center gave six individuals the Code of Conduct award in recognition of their tireless efforts to support individuals receiving services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency also created a video to thank all direct care workers for their exceptional work during the global health emergency. In addition, the Justice Center awarded its Champion Award to individuals and organizations that support the mission and vision of the agency.
2020 Code of Conduct Award Winners
Lyse Aybar, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital
Edwin Garcia, Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center
Nicole Pera, Transitional Services, Inc.
Bhabita Persaud, Capital District Psychiatric Center
Brenda Robinson, JM Murray
Vanessa White, YAI
2020 Recognition Certificate Awardees
Maria Ayala, OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services
Lauren Baxter, The Way Back
Chris Bellinger, New York City Children’s Center
Kimberly Burns, Buffalo Psychiatric Center
Lorna Butler, Abilities First, Inc.
Karen Byfield, IAHD
Elaine Edelman, PhD, LCSE, Project Hospitality
Franklin Edwards, MD, Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center
James Emery, Odyssey House
Erika Ferrara, South Beach Psychiatric Center
Eugene Ginti, Rochester Psychiatric Center
Rebecca Gould, Children’s Home of Jefferson County
Sandra Harvey, AHRC NYC
Susan John, Rockland Psychiatric Center
Dawn Rascoe, Northern Rivers Family of Services
Denise Soliday Roberts, Vanderheyden
Robert Rohan, Rochester General Hospital
Pamela Tripsas, Rockland Psychiatric Center
Grant Tuttle, St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center
Mark Yao, Jacobi Hospital
Warren Joseph Zeilman, Helio Health
2020 Justice Center Champion Award Winners
Mary Bonsignore, Justice Center Advisory Council
Helene Fallon, Suffolk Independent Living Organization
Mark Gustin, Surrogate Decision-Making Committee Volunteer
Robert Kent, Former General Counsel OASAS
Questions about the awards should be directed to the Office of Outreach, Prevention and Support at [email protected].