All counselors must abide by the relevant Code of Ethics for their own profession, i.e. Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor etc. to include but not be limited to the NAADAC Code of Ethics.
NJARR Certified Residences should ensure that all employees of each site shall receive an orientation to the NJARR’s Code of Ethics, Code of Ethics that may apply due to their individual profession and document their willingness to abide by these principles as a condition of employment; where applicable, the professional staff at each site shall review all pertinent Codes of Ethics annually, and attest in writing to their willingness to abide by the principles; NJARR Certified Residences should ensure that admitted residents will receive an orientation to their rights and responsibilities including their right to receive ethical care, this shall be documented in the client record.
If a site has a website, either their and/ or NJARR’s Ethical Code shall be posted thereon. The NJARR Grievance Form shall be posted on the Certified Residence’s website or clearly linked to same on the NJARR website; NJARR Certified Residences should ensure that all residents are provided information during their orientation session of the process and steps the resident may take to report any ethical or standards violations; NJARR Certified Residences should ensure that no retribution, intimidation, or any negative consequences shall occur if a grievance or complaint has been filed.
While employed at any site and even thereafter such employment ends, the use of confidential information must never be disclosed to outsiders except with the resident’s written authorization or as allowed under Federal and/or state law. No site employee or any NJARR Certified Residence may use, or permit others to use, confidential information for the purpose of furthering a private interest or as a means of making a profit.
Responsibility to Clients:
Certified Residences who structure a payment system for admission or weekly fees should ensure the payment system is fair and equitable, and the resident is afforded the financial means to care for personal self. The repayment
Fees should be renegotiable if resident’s financial ability is altered and in no way inhibit the resident from seeking alternative employment which would strengthen their well being.
Responsibility to Colleagues
NJARR Certified Residences and site employees having knowledge of unethical practices on the part of another colleague shall report such practices to the site Director and/or, as needed, to the colleague’s professional Ethics Board.
NJARR Certified Residences and site employees should not use the workplace for proselytizing religious, political, or economic issues.
No NJARR Certified Residences/ site shall not knowingly make marketing claims or create any advertising that contains:
False or misleading statements or exaggerations
Testimonials that do not really reflect the real opinion of the involved individual
Price claims that are misleading
Therapeutic strategies for which counseling certifications are required but not applicable at the site.