The Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (Justice Center) is seeking nominations for its annual Code of Conduct Recognition Award: Dedication, Respect and Protection from Harm.  This award, which will be presented in September 2017, honors staff who demonstrate a strong commitment to the Code of Conduct for Custodians of People with Special Needs. The Code provides a framework intended to assist staff 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 is Friday, July 14 2017.  Complete information on the award can be found here.  Nomination forms can be submitted online and are available here.

“The dedicated men and women who provide services to people with special needs have a profound impact on the quality of their lives,” said William T. Gettman, Chair of the Justice Center Advisory Council.  “We encourage service recipients, families, provider agency personnel and the public to pay tribute to valued staff whose actions demonstrate a commitment to the core values articulated in the Code of Conduct by nominating them for this important award.”

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 award winners who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the Code of Conduct throughout the year. The 2017 Code of Conduct Recognition Award will be given at the Advisory Council’s September meeting.  

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.