Article V: Membership

  1. Membership in the Association shall be open to individuals, and state or country associations interested in furthering medication-assisted treatment. The Board of Directors establishes specific requirements that must be met in order to apply for membership in the Association.
  2. Upon completing the requirements for membership an association can file an application for membership in the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc. For the purpose of these By-Laws, a state association will be considered an entity if comprised of a minimum of three (3) independently owned providers. The Membership Committee will evaluate all applications and make recommendations to the Board of Directors. Upon approval by the Board of Directors and upon payment of the designated annual dues the state or country shall become a member of the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc.
  3. In addition to state and country membership in the Association, the Board may include up to three (3) Members-at-Large. The President of the Association may nominate individuals  with demonstrated expertise in the field of medication assisted treatment, law, policy, healthcare or other disciplines related to the goals of the Association to the Membership Committee for consideration as a Member-at-Large of the Board of Directors.  The Membership Committee would review such applications and make recommendations to the Board.  Members-at-Large shall have voting privileges and serve a four-year term.
  4. Member states or countries shall commit to selecting a representative to serve on the Board of Directors for a minimum of four (4) consecutive years. If for any reason the appointee is unable to complete their term, the member state or country shall appoint a replacement.  The expectation of the Board of Directors is that individual representatives will serve the complete term.
  5. The Board of Directors of the Corporation shall have the authority to expel an organization from membership by a two-thirds vote if that organization’s activities are harmful to the goals and purposes of the Corporation.
  6. Member in Good Standing – An organization that is in compliance with the fiscal and ethical policies of the Association as defined by the Board of Directors is considered a Member in Good Standing and entitled to the following benefits.a. Attend and participate in quarterly meetings and bring issues of concern to the President and Board of Directors;Receive all Association publications and services;
    b. Receive critical research information, current policy papers, survey results, and special surveys results and policy findings, including those from (add) Managed Care companies and State Opioid Treatment Authorities (SOTAs);
    c. Referral to companies with discounted premium/product prices (e.g. insurers, pharmaceutical suppliers and information technology vendors;
    d. Receive a Certificate of Membership for each of its member agencies.
    e. Representation on the Board of Directors.
    f. The right and privilege of referring to itself as a member of the Association.
  1. An organization that is not in compliance with the fiscal and ethical policies of the Association as defined by the Board of Directors is considered to be not in Good Standing and as such is entitled to none of the benefits outlined in the previous paragraph.
  1. Responsibilities of Membership:
    a. Ensure that patients are treated with compassion, respect and dignity regardless of race, creed, age, sex, physical abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or socioeconomic status;b. Retain competent and responsible personnel who will adhere to a strict code of professional ethics including but not limited to the prohibition of fraternization with patients, exploitation of patients and criminal behavior;c. Subscribe to the general treatment principles as published in the CSAT Treatment Improvement Protocol 43, which serve as a resource in making therapeutic treatment decisions and other evidence based practices as they are developed from time to time;d. Provide patients with accurate and complete information regarding medication assisted treatment, the nature of available services and the availability of alternative treatment modalities prior to admission and throughout the treatment process;e. Ensure that discharge from treatment is conducted in accordance with sound and medically acceptable practice. The patient will be assured of due process if the discharge is administrative in nature;f. Provide a safe and clean environment for patients and staff that is conducive to the therapeutic process;

    g. Remain in compliance with the required federal, state, and local operating standards and accreditation standards;

    h. Take all necessary and appropriate measures to maintain individual patient records and information in a confidential and professional manner;

    i. Strive to maintain good relations with the surrounding community and pursue every reasonable action to encourage responsible patient behavior and community safety;

    j. Promote and support the AATOD Code of Ethics.

 

. “For the purpose of these By-Laws, a state association will be considered an entity if comprised of a minimum of three (3) independently owned providers”.

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