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Rules of Conduct


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The following Rules of Conduct adopted by the Idaho Board of Alcohol/Drug Counselor Certification, Inc. set forth the minimum standards of conduct which all certified professionals or those seeking certification are expected to honor. Failure to comply with an obligation or prohibition set forth in the Rules may result in discipline by the IBADCC. Discussion sections accompany some of the Rules. These discussions are intended to interpret, explain, or illustrate the meaning of the rules, but the rules themselves remain the authoritative statements of the conduct for which disciplinary action may be imposed. 1. Applicability 1.1 The rules within this IBADCC Certified Professional Code of Ethics apply to all professionals certified by or seeking certification through IBADCC. 2. Professional Standards ​ 2.1 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall meet and comply with all terms, conditions, or limitations of any professional certification or license which they hold. ​ 2.2 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not perform services outside of their area of training, expertise, competence, or scope of practice. ​ 2.3 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not fail to obtain an appropriate consultation or make an appropriate referral when the consumer's problem is beyond the area of training, expertise, competence, or scope of practice of the certified professional or person seeking certification. 2.4 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not in any way participate in discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, socio-economic status, political belief, psychiatric or psychological impairment, physical disability, or the amount of previous therapeutic or treatment occurrences. 2.5 Through the awareness of the negative impact of racial, sexual, religious, gender, marital status, nationality or physical stereotyping and discrimination, the addiction professional guards the individual rights and personal dignity of the client and/or participant(s). When client/participant(s) possess diverse or nonfamiliar cultural and ethnic backgrounds, addiction professionals are motivated to learn about cultural and ethnic sensitivities in order to provide the highest level of care. 2.6 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall seek therapy for any psychoactive substance abuse or dependence, psychiatric or psychological impairment, emotional distress, or for any other physical health related adversity that interferes with their professional functioning, and where any such conditions exist and impede their ability to function competently, a certified professional or person seeking certification shall request inactive status for medical reasons for a minimum of one (1) year and a maximum of three (3) years. Counselors desiring inactive status must submit a letter of request to the IBADCC. 2.7 A certified professional or person seeking certification has a responsibility both to the client and/or participant(s) and to the organization within which the service is performed to maintain a high standard of ethical conduct. The moral, ethical and legal standards of behavior of the certified professional or person seeking certification are a personal matter to the same degree as they are for any other citizen, except as these may compromise the fulfillment of their professional responsibilities or reduce the trust in addiction professionals or those seeking certification held by the general public. This includes:

  • Awareness of the prevailing community standards and of the possible impact upon the quality of professional services provided by their conformance to or deviation from these standards;

  • Serve as a role model in the certified professionals or person seeking certifications’ use of alcohol or other mood altering drugs.

  • Reporting to an employer, supervisor, colleague or the addiction professional or person seeking certification’s intervention program when difficulty with mood altering substance(s) are experienced

2.8 The certified professional or person seeking certification shall not discontinue professional services to a consumer nor shall the certified professional or person seeking certification abandon the consumer without facilitating an appropriate therapeutic closure of professional services for the consumer. 2.9 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not reveal confidential information obtained as the result of a professional relationship, without the prior written consent from the recipient of services, except as authorized or required by law. 3. Unlawful Conduct 3.1 Being convicted or found guilty, regardless of adjudication, or entering a plea of nolo contendere to any crime relating to the certified professional or person seeking certification’s ability to practice the substance abuse counseling profession to include intervention, prevention, and criminal justice services shall be grounds for disciplinary action. 3.2 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not use, possess, or sell any controlled or psychoactive substance. Being convicted or found guilty, regardless of adjudication, or entering a plea of nolo contendere to any crime which involves the use of any controlled or psychoactive substance shall be grounds for disciplinary action. 3.3 If a certified professional or person seeking certification is reprimanded by any agency or organization through any administrative proceedings, this may be grounds for disciplinary action by this body. 4. Sexual Misconduct 4.1 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not engage in any form of sexual contact/behavior with consumers. The prohibition shall apply with respect to any consumer of the agency by which the certified professional or person seeking certification is employed, regardless of whether or not the consumer is on their caseload. For the purposes of determining the existence of sexual misconduct the professional-consumer relationship, once established, is deemed to continue for a minimum of five (5) years after the termination of services or the date of the last professional contact with the consumer. 4.2 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not:

  • Engage a supervisee in sexual misconduct (as defined in the Code’s Glossary) during the period a supervisory relationship exists.

  • Engage in sexual misconduct (as defined in the Code’s Glossary) with any immediate family member or guardian of a consumer during the period of time services are being rendered to the consumer, during the entire professional consumer relationship pursuant to rule 4.1.

5. Fraud-Related Conduct ​ 5.1 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not:

  • Present or cause to be presented a false or fraudulent claim, or any proof in support of such claim, to be paid under any contract or certificate of insurance;

  • Prepare, make or subscribe to a false or fraudulent account, certificate, affidavit, proof of loss or other document or writing, with knowledge that the same may be presented or used in support of a claim for payment under a policy of insurance; or

  • Present or cause to be presented a false or fraudulent claim or benefit application, or any false or fraudulent proof in support of such a claim or benefit application, or false or fraudulent information which would affect a future claim or benefit application, to be paid under any employee benefit program.

5.2 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not use misrepresentation in the preparation of an application or in the procurement of recertification as an alcohol or drug certified professional, or assist another in the preparation of an application for certification or in the procurement of registration, certification or re-certification through misrepresentation. The term "misrepresentation" includes but is not limited to the misrepresentation of professional qualifications, certification, accreditation, affiliations, employment experience, educational experience, the plagiarism of application and recertification materials, or the falsification of references. 5.3 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not use a title designation, credential or license, firm name, letterhead, publication, term, title, or document which states or implies an ability, relationship, or qualification that does not exist. 5.4 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not practice under a false name or under a name other than the name under which his or her certification or license is held. 5.5 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not sign or issue in the professional capacity a document or a statement that the certified professional or person seeking certification knows or should have known to contain a false or misleading statement. 5.6 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not produce, publish, create, or partake in the creation of any false, fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading advertisement. 6. Exploitation of Consumers 6.1 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not develop, implement, or maintain exploitative relationships with current or past consumers. ​ 6.2 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall make every effort to avoid dual relationships with clients that could impair professional judgment or increase the risk of harm to the client. When a dual relationship cannot be avoided, the certified professional or person seeking certification needs to take appropriate precautions such as informed consent, supervision, or documentation to ensure that no exploitation occurs. ​ 6.3 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not misappropriate property from a consumer. 6.4 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not enter into a relationship with a consumer which involves financial gain to the certified professional or person seeking certification or a third party resulting from the promotion or the sale of services unrelated to treatment or of goods, property, or any psychoactive substance. 6.5 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not promote to a consumer for personal gain, any unnecessary, ineffective or unsafe psychoactive substance, or any unnecessary, ineffective or unsafe device, treatment, procedure, product or service. 6.6 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not solicit gifts or favors from consumers. 6.7 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not offer, give, or receive commissions, rebates, or any other forms of remuneration for a consumer referral. 7. Safety & Welfare 7.1 In circumstances where the certified professional or person seeking certification becomes aware, during the course of providing or supervising professional services, that a condition of clear and imminent danger exists that a consumer may inflict serious bodily harm on another person or persons, the certified professional or person seeking certification shall, consistent with federal and state regulations concerning the confidentiality of alcohol and drug counseling records, take reasonable steps to warn any likely victims of the consumer's behavior. 7.2 In circumstances where the certified professional or person seeking certification becomes aware, during the course of providing or supervising professional services, that a condition of clear and imminent danger exists that a consumer may inflict serious bodily harm to himself or herself, the certified professional or person seeking certification shall, consistent with federal and state regulations concerning the confidentiality of alcohol and drug counseling records, take reasonable steps to protect that consumer. 7.3 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not administer to himself or herself any psychoactive substance to the extent or in such manner as to be dangerous or injurious to a consumer of services, to any other person, or to the extent that such use of any psychoactive substance impairs the ability of the certified professional or person seeking certification to safely and competently provide professional counseling services. 8. Records Management ​ 8.1 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not falsify, amend, knowingly make incorrect entries, or fail to make timely essential entries into the consumer record. 8.2 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall follow all Federal and State regulations regarding consumer records. 9. Assisting Unlicensed Practice 9.1 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not refer a consumer to a person that the certified professional or person seeking certification knows or should know is not qualified by training, experience, certification, or license to perform the delegated professional responsibility. 10. Discipline in Other Jurisdictions 10.1 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not practice substance abuse counseling during the period of any denial, suspension, revocation, probation, or other restriction or discipline on certification, license, or other authorization to practice issued by any certification authority or any state, province, territory, tribe, or the federal government. 1 1. Cooperation with the Board 11.1 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall cooperate in any investigation conducted pursuant to this Code of Ethics and a certified professional or person seeking certification shall not interfere with an investigation or a disciplinary proceeding or attempt to prevent a disciplinary proceeding or other legal action from being filed, prosecuted, or completed. Interference attempts may include but are not limited to:

  • The willful misrepresentation of facts before the disciplining authority or its authorized representative;

  • The use of threats or harassment against, or an inducement to, any consumer or witness in an effort to prevent them from providing evidence in a disciplinary proceeding or any other legal action;

  • The use of threats or harassment against, or an inducement to, any person in an effort to prevent or attempt to prevent a disciplinary proceeding or other legal action from being filed, prosecuted or completed.

11.2 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall report any violation of the Code of Ethics. Failure to report a violation may be grounds for discipline. 11.3 A certified professional or person seeking certification who has firsthand knowledge of the actions of a respondent or a complainant shall cooperate with an IBADCC complaint investigation or disciplinary proceeding. Failure or an unwillingness to cooperate in an IBADCC complaint investigation or disciplinary proceeding shall be grounds for disciplinary action. 11.4 A certified professional or person seeking certification shall not file a complaint or provide information to the IBADCC which the certified professional or person seeking certification knows or should have known is false or misleading. ​ 11.5 In submitting any information to the Board, a certified professional or person seeking certification shall comply with any requirements pertaining to the disclosure of consumer information established by the federal or state government. ​ ​