Code of Conduct
National Commission on Correctional Health Care
Board of Representatives Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policies
Code of Conduct Policy
As a volunteer leader working within the committee and governance structure of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care you will be working with other health care and corrections professionals who will bring diverse opinions forged from a wide variety of professional experiences and educational backgrounds. NCCHC strives to create an open, collaborative and collegial environment in which each person’s viewpoints and opinions are treated with the utmost professional respect. In part, it is the richness of this diversity of thought that helps to make NCCHC so valued in the field.
NCCHC expects that all individuals and their respective viewpoints are treated with the highest level of collegial and professional respect. In instances where a difference of opinion exists, we ask that each person work to exhibit the best in professional behavior and demeanor. In the unlikely event that an individual is found to be significantly out of compliance with this expectation, the NCCHC reserves the right to terminate the offending volunteer’s participation by means up to and including removal from the respective committee or Board seat through processes defined in the Bylaws.
Conflict of Interest Policy
Each board of representative of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care has a responsibility to discharge his or her duties in good faith, and in a manner, which is always in the best interest of NCCHC. Although a representative may have outside business interests and may be affiliated with other organizations, including the one that nominated him or her to the NCCHC board, each board member's first obligation is to NCCHC.
From time to time it is possible that conflicts of interest will arise for board members between their professional roles, their role in representing other organizations, and in representing NCCHC. Each board member has an obligation to not use his or her position for personal gain, and to prevent conflicts from arising between the director's personal and outside interest and the interest of NCCHC. An example of such a conflict is consulting in a matter related to a correctional facility, whether it is accredited, formerly accredited, or soon to apply for accreditation, and regardless of whether the consultancy is for the facility or another party. A director should avoid such conflicts as outlined in Appendix A.
However, not all conflicts of interest are necessarily prohibited or harmful to NCCHC as outlined in Appendix A. When a director feels that a matter in which he or she is involved creates or might appear to create to others a conflict of interest, he or she has an obligation to inform NCCHC as soon as possible and receive guidance on an appropriate course of action.
Official opinions of NCCHC are formed through carefully delineated processes which result in written expressions in standards and position statements. These stand as the only expressions of opinion by NCCHC. While in their official board capacity or representing themselves to be members of the NCCHC board, no board member shall make written or oral representations of NCCHC opinion other than what is expressed in these standards and position statements.
While valuing diverse, constructive opinions, board members should respect and support the decisions of NCCHC. Each board member should be cautious to not allow his or her position on the board to be used to the detriment of NCCHC. If at any time a board member makes a written or oral representation in conflict with the opinion or policy of NCCHC, that board member should explicitly state that the views held are his or her own, and not that of NCCHC. If the conflict of opinion is anticipated to occur, board members are obligated to contact NCCHC for appropriate language to use in distinguishing points of view.
Some matters considered by the board are confidential, such as financial standing, personnel matters, certain contracts and contract negotiations, or strategic planning. Because a board members first obligation is to NCCHC, such matters should not be discussed or distributed outside of board meetings. If a board member is not sure as to whether certain board matters are confidential, he or she should seek guidance from the Chief Executive Officer.
NCCHC strictly adheres to the Civil Rights statutes of the United States and the State of Illinois. As such, it prohibits discrimination and sexual harassment of employees and other directors. Board members are always expected to act professionally and with decorum.
The board of representatives has an obligation to ensure that NCCHC’s actions instill public confidence and are above reproach. Failure to act as outlined above can result in removal of a board member from serving on the NCCHC board or other appropriate actions being taken.
Adopted by the Board of Directors: September 25, 1994
Most Recently Amended: November 5, 2020