This policy should not substitute for an independent legal review of local, State, and Federal laws applicable to your agency. Consult an attorney prior to the implementation of any new organizational policy.
This sample policy was provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Principle 5: Confidentiality
I will comply with all Federal, State, and local laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to client confidentiality. I will guard professional confidences and reveal them only in compliance with the law or when there is clear and imminent danger to an individual or society, and then only to appropriate professionals and responsible authorities. Confidential information can be revealed when doing so is in the best interest of a client or the welfare of others, or when obligations to society or legal requirements demand revelation. I will discuss information revealed in a clinical or professional setting only in appropriate settings and only for professional purposes clearly concerned with a case I understand that information and materials used in teaching and training must not identify clients.
Principle 6: Professional Relationships
I will not knowingly withhold information from colleagues and other professionals if the information has been properly released and will enhance client care. When working in a treatment team, I will not abdicate my responsibility to protect and promote the welfare and best interests of the client. I will not exploit clients in disputes with other colleagues or engage clients in any inappropriate discussions of conflicts between them and their colleagues. These colleagues include those in my own agency and staff from allied agencies.
Principle 7: Conflicts of Interest
I will be alert to and avoid conflicts of interest that interfere with the exercise of professional discretion and judgment. I will refrain from entering into any formal or informal activity or agreement that presents a conflict of interest or is inconsistent with the conscientious performance of duties. I will refrain from allowing personal interest to impair my objectivity in the performance of duty.
Principle 8: Remuneration
I will not charge private fees to clients. I must not use relationships with clients for personal or professional gain or the profit of any agency or commercial enterprise. I must not engage in any economic relationship with any client. I will not give or receive any kind of fee, commission, rebate or any other form of compensation for the referral of clients.
Principle 9: Ethical Violations
In circumstances where I am aware of ethical violations or potential ethical violations, it is my obligation to attempt to rectify the situation. In instances in which an intervention fails, I will report the failure to my supervisor or other management staff. Management will investigate incidents and circumstances in which the Code of Professional Conduct may have been violated. Based on investigation findings, disciplinary action up to and including termination may be taken.
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