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.
Each year, the Justice Center recognizes the dedicated women and men who provide support to people with special needs throughout New York State with the Code of Conduct Award. 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.
Who can be nominated?
Anyone who signs the Code of Conduct is eligible. People who sign the Code of Conduct are individuals who are employed by, or volunteer at, state operated, licensed or certified facilities or agencies under the Justice Center’s jurisdiction. Consultants, volunteers or contractors of organizations or companies that contract with facilities and agencies, under the Justice Center’s jurisdiction, sign the Code of Conduct if they have regular and substantial contact with people receiving services.
Who can submit a nomination?
Anyone. Self-nominations are also welcome.
How will award winners be selected?
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 criteria used in the award process come directly from the ten provisions outlined in the Code of Conduct. Each nominee must have clear examples of the provisions to be considered for this award.
How many winners will be selected?
Four winners will be selected from across New York State.
What is the deadline for submitting a nomination?
The nomination period opens annually in the spring.
Who are the 2019 winners?
The 2019 winners are as follows:
Champion Award Winners:
Earl Eichelberger, Justice Center Advisory Council
Lisette Pineda, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Dr. Barbara Sampson, New York City Chief Medical Examiner
Chief Assistant District Attorney David Rossi, Albany County District Attorney’s Office
Code of Conduct Award Winners:
Sukina Anderson, Vanderhyeden Hall
Ariel Coffman, CN Guidance & Counseling Services
Michelle Proctor, The ARC Westchester
Ruby Thomas, OPINY
The following will be awarded Code of Conduct Certificates:
Carol Brennan, Phoenix House
Kim Ciullo, MercyFirst
Darlene Claus, Options for Community Living
Phara Gladden, Rockland Psychiatric Center
Dawn Hauser, Baker-Victory Services
Paul Henry, RISE Life Services
Crystal LeFaucheur, Community, Work & Independence
Deniesha Martin, Northern Rivers Family of Services
Scott Moquin, East House
Francis Rhoades, Bon Secours Community Hospital
Leila Sears, Promesa Inc, Camino Nuevo
Cindy Solazzo, Farnham Family Services
Stephanie Tice-Benson, Hudson Valley DDSO
Jennifer Tranquille, The League Treatment Center
Caryn White, Credo Community Center for the Treatment of Addictions
The Champion and Code of Conduct Award winners are invited to Albany for a recognition luncheon and an opportunity to meet the Justice Center’s Advisory Council and other New York State policymakers.
Questions about the award should be directed to the Office of Outreach, Prevention and Support at [email protected].