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Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors

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By-Laws Update

Jere C Brewer  | Published on 3/15/2019

APPROVED BY-LAWS CHANGES

The following proposed Changes/Amendments to AAADAC By-Laws dated 15 February 2018 approved at 7 Mar 2019 Executive Board Meeting.

Article III, Section 3

Membership Fee/Dues:  The annual membership fee/dues shall be reviewed by the incoming elected board members after taking office after the Annual Association meeting.  The incoming Board will determine any fee changes (increases/decreases) no later than the first of February of each year.  Changes to annual fees will take place on a date determined by the board, but no later than the first of May of each year.  The Association membership will be notified of the fee change within 45 days of Board’s approval via email and/or mail and posted on the Association website.  Membership duration is a period of 12-months in duration from the date of initial membership or renewal.

Association members may be dropped from the active membership list if membership is not renewed within 45 days after membership expiration date.  Members will be transferred to the expired/inactive list for three (3) months.  If membership is not renewed by this time, the membership may be dropped from the Association membership list.  Members may reinstate their membership by paying dues at the current fee at time of renewal.

 

Article V, Section 2.a. (New)

Annual Awards/Recognition:  Awards recognizing individual Association Members in good standing who have shown qualifications commensurate with current AAADAC Annual Awards will be presented at the AAADAC Annual Fall Workshop during a Luncheon or Awards Banquet determined by the Board members based on scheduling appropriateness and logistics.

Annual Award Categories consist of the following awards and award criteria


Newcomer of the Year

- Must be a person with less than two (2) years of experience in the field of substance abuse counseling.

- Has demonstrated an exemplary work ethic and provided quality treatment to persons served.

- Has maintained positive peer relationships with fellow staff.

- Demonstrates a sincere desire to learn and master treatment techniques.

- Has participated in a significant amount of formal and in-service training.

- Has demonstrated humility and strength of character.

 

Counselor of the Year Award

- Must be a person who has more than five (5) years of experience in the field of substance abuse counseling.

- Must be an ADC, AADC, LADAC, or LAADAC in good standing.

- Has demonstrated an exemplary work ethic and provided quality treatment to persons served.

- Has maintained positive relationships with fellow staff and professional colleagues

- Demonstrates significant mastery over a range of counseling techniques

- Has demonstrated humility and strength of character

 

Years of Outstanding Service Award

- Must be a person who has more than twenty (20) years of experience in the field of substance abuse counseling.

- Must be an ADC, AADC, LADAC, or LAADAC in good standing.

- Has demonstrated an exemplary work ethic and provided quality treatment to persons served.

- A positive role model for fellow professionals in the field of substance abuse counseling.

- Has maintained positive relationships with fellow staff, colleagues in the field of substance abuse counseling and other behavioral healthcare professionals.

- Demonstrates significant mastery over a range of counseling techniques and serves as a mentor to fellow counselors.

- Must have served as a teacher/trainer in the field of substance abuse treatment

- Has demonstrated humility and strength of character.

 

Dr. David Powell Memorial Award

(Formally the Bob Savier Award)

- Must be a person who has demonstrated significant contributions to the field of substance abuse treatment over a period of ten (10) years or more.

- Has served on local, regional and state Boards/Associations and Initiatives to promote the field of substance abuse treatment.

- Has demonstrated experience in mentoring substance abuse counselors.

- Has demonstrated leadership in promoting the cause of substance abuse services and ethical treatment of clients.

- Has demonstrated personal sacrifice and selflessness in promoting the field of substance abuse treatment.

= Has demonstrated humility and strength of character.

- Demonstrates a sincere love for others with special compassion for the person with chemical dependency. 

 

Article V, Section 2.b. (New)

Awards Process:

- Call for nominations will be announced the first day of May of each year.

- Nomination packages will be accepted until 30 July of each year.

- Review and voting by the Association board will take place at the August monthly meeting.

- Award nominees and winners will be notified NLT 30 August of each year to arrange for any scholarship awards, travel and lodging.

-- Award winners will receive a scholarship to attend the Fall Workshop Seminars for the day of annual meeting/awards banquet.

-- Award winners will have one (1) nights lodging paid for the member and one (1) guest (i.e... spouse, family member, person of their choice)

 

Article V, Section 2.c. (New)

Regional / National Awards:

- The David Powell Award winner’s nomination package will be forwarded as the AAADAC’s nomination for the Nationwide C4 Recovery/McMillan Foundation Counselor of The Year NLT 30 September of each year unless moved earlier by C4 Recovery for award to be presented at the Evolution of Addiction Treatment Conference in Los Angeles of each year.

- The Years of Service Award winner’s nomination package will be forwarded as the AAADAC’s nomination for the Nationwide C4 Recovery/McMillan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award NLT 30 September of each year unless moved earlier by C4 Recovery for award to be presented at the Evolution of Addiction Treatment Conference in Los Angeles in January of each year.

 

All AAADAC award winners may be considered/submitted by the Association Board in coordination with the person who originally nominated the member for the AAADAC award to the Arkansas Substance Abuse Certification Board (ASACB) based on the criteria and deadlines set by the ASACB.

If there are any questions referencing By-Law Changes, please contact your Regional Representative.