Code of Conduct

An ethical approach to the care of individuals with special needs.
Code of Conduct
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Introduction

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. 

Documents

Guidance documents and acknowledgement forms relating to the Code of Conduct.

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    Code of Conduct & Acknowledgement Form

    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.

     

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Training

The Justice Center provides two free, online trainings about the Code of Conduct.  Live train-the-trainer courses are offered for providers throughout the year.  Dates and additional information on registration can be found on the Justice Center's training page

Additionally, there is an interactive training for mandated reports who must sign the Code of Conduct that 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.

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].