"Code of Conduct Agreement" - Utah

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ATTACHMENT ______
CODE OF CONDUCT
**Each Contractor/Grantee employee or volunteer and each Sub-Contractor/Grantee
employee or volunteer who has interaction with clients must sign this Code of Conduct (Code) at
the beginning of the grant or upon hire. A signed copy of this Code must be in
employee’s/volunteer’s file subject to inspection and review by Department.**
The purpose of this Code is to protect vulnerable clients from abuse, neglect, maltreatment and
exploitation. The Code clarifies the expectation of conduct for providers of contracted, licensed
and certified programs and their employees, which includes administrative staff, non direct care
staff, direct care staff, support services staff and any others when interacting with clients.
Persons protected by this Code include any person under the age of 18 years and any person 18
years of age or older who is impaired because of: mental illness; mental deficiency; physical
illness or disability; use of drugs; intoxication; or other cause, to the extent that he is unable to
care for his own personal safety, health or medical care, and is a participant in, or a recipient of a
program or service contracted with, or licensed or certified by the Department of Workforce
Services.
All references to "Contractor" herein shall include the Contractor, its employees, officers, agents,
representative or those authorized by the Contractor to perform services under this Agreement.
The Contractor agrees that it shall adhere to this Code when providing services and shall require
all others authorized through or engaged by the Contractor to perform services to follow the same
Code.
Contractor understands and acknowledges that failure to comply with this Code may result in
corrective action, probation, suspension, and/or termination of contract, license or certification.
Nothing in this Code shall be interpreted to mean that clients should not be held accountable for
misbehavior or inappropriate behavior on their part, or that providers are restricted from
instituting suitable consequences for such behavior.
Contractor and its authorized agents shall not abuse, sexually abuse or sexually exploit, neglect,
exploit or maltreat or cause physical injury to any client. All injury to clients (explained or
unexplained) shall be documented in writing and immediately reported to supervisory personnel.
Contractor shall not, by acting; failing to act; encouragement to engage in; or failure to deter
from; cause any client to be subject to abuse, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation, neglect,
exploitation, or maltreatment. Contractor shall not engage any client as an observer or participant
in sexual acts. Contractor shall not make clearly improper use of a client or their resources for
profit or advantage.
Abuse includes, but is not limited to:
1. Harm or threatened harm, meaning damage or threatened damage to the physical or
emotional health and welfare of a person.
2. Unlawful confinement.
3. Deprivation of life-sustaining treatment.
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ATTACHMENT ______
CODE OF CONDUCT
**Each Contractor/Grantee employee or volunteer and each Sub-Contractor/Grantee
employee or volunteer who has interaction with clients must sign this Code of Conduct (Code) at
the beginning of the grant or upon hire. A signed copy of this Code must be in
employee’s/volunteer’s file subject to inspection and review by Department.**
The purpose of this Code is to protect vulnerable clients from abuse, neglect, maltreatment and
exploitation. The Code clarifies the expectation of conduct for providers of contracted, licensed
and certified programs and their employees, which includes administrative staff, non direct care
staff, direct care staff, support services staff and any others when interacting with clients.
Persons protected by this Code include any person under the age of 18 years and any person 18
years of age or older who is impaired because of: mental illness; mental deficiency; physical
illness or disability; use of drugs; intoxication; or other cause, to the extent that he is unable to
care for his own personal safety, health or medical care, and is a participant in, or a recipient of a
program or service contracted with, or licensed or certified by the Department of Workforce
Services.
All references to "Contractor" herein shall include the Contractor, its employees, officers, agents,
representative or those authorized by the Contractor to perform services under this Agreement.
The Contractor agrees that it shall adhere to this Code when providing services and shall require
all others authorized through or engaged by the Contractor to perform services to follow the same
Code.
Contractor understands and acknowledges that failure to comply with this Code may result in
corrective action, probation, suspension, and/or termination of contract, license or certification.
Nothing in this Code shall be interpreted to mean that clients should not be held accountable for
misbehavior or inappropriate behavior on their part, or that providers are restricted from
instituting suitable consequences for such behavior.
Contractor and its authorized agents shall not abuse, sexually abuse or sexually exploit, neglect,
exploit or maltreat or cause physical injury to any client. All injury to clients (explained or
unexplained) shall be documented in writing and immediately reported to supervisory personnel.
Contractor shall not, by acting; failing to act; encouragement to engage in; or failure to deter
from; cause any client to be subject to abuse, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation, neglect,
exploitation, or maltreatment. Contractor shall not engage any client as an observer or participant
in sexual acts. Contractor shall not make clearly improper use of a client or their resources for
profit or advantage.
Abuse includes, but is not limited to:
1. Harm or threatened harm, meaning damage or threatened damage to the physical or
emotional health and welfare of a person.
2. Unlawful confinement.
3. Deprivation of life-sustaining treatment.
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4. Physical injury including, but not limited to, any contusion of the skin, laceration,
malnutrition, burn, bone fracture , subdural hematoma, injury to any internal organ, any
injury causing bleeding, or any physical condition which imperils a person’s health or
welfare.
5. Any type of physical hitting or corporal punishment inflicted in any manner upon the
body.
Sexual abuse and sexual exploitation includes, but is not limited to:
1. Engaging in sexual intercourse with any client.
2. Touching the anus or any part of the genitals or otherwise taking indecent liberties with a
client, or causing an individual to take indecent liberties with a client, with the intent to
arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.
3. Employing, using, persuading, inducing, enticing, or coercing a client to pose in the nude.
4. Employing, using, persuading, inducing, enticing or coercing a client to engage in any
sexual or simulated sexual conduct for the purpose of photographing, filming, recording,
or displaying in any way the sexual or simulated sexual conduct. This includes
displaying, distributing, possessing for the purpose of distribution, or selling material
depicting nudity, or engaging in sexual or simulated sexual conduct with a client.
5. Committing or attempting to commit acts of sodomy or molestation with a client.
6. This definition is not to include therapeutic processes used in the treatment of sexual
deviancy or dysfunction which have been outlined in the clients treatment plan and is in
accordance with written agency policy.
Neglect includes but is not limited to:
1. Denial of sufficient nutrition.
2. Denial of sufficient sleep.
3. Denial of sufficient clothing,or bedding.
4. Failure to provide adequate supervision, including impairment of employee resulting in
inadequate supervision. Impairment of an employee includes but is not limited to use of
alcohol and drugs, illness, and/or sleeping.
5. Failure to arrange for medical care and/or medical treatment as prescribed or instructed by
a physician when not contraindicated by agency after consultation with agency physician.
6. Denial of sufficient shelter, except in accordance with the written agency policy.
Exploitation includes, but is not limited to:
1. Utilizing the labor of a client without giving just or equivalent return except as part of a
written agency policy which is in accordance with reasonable therapeutic interventions
and goals.
2. Using property belonging to clients.
3. Acceptance of gifts as a condition of receipt of program services.
Maltreatment include, but is not limited to:
1. Physical exercises, such as running laps or performing pushups, except in accordance
with an individual's service plan and written agency policy.
2. Chemical, mechanical or physical restraints except when authorized by individual's
service plan and administered by appropriate personnel or when threat of injury to the
client or other person exists.
3. Assignment of unduly physically strenuous or harsh work.
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4. Requiring or forcing the individual to take an uncomfortable position, such as squatting
or bending, or requiring or forcing the individual to repeat physical movements when
used solely as a means of punishment.
5. Group punishments for misbehavior of individuals except in accordance with the written
agency policy.
6. Verbal abuse by agency personnel. Engaging in language whose intent or result is
demeaning to the client except in accordance with written agency policy which is in
accordance with reasonable therapeutic interventions and goals.
7. Denial of any essential program service solely for disciplinary purposes except in
accordance with written agency policy.
8. Denial of visiting or communication privileges with family or significant others solely for
disciplinary purposes except in accordance with written agency policy.
9. Requiring the individual to remain silent for long periods of time solely for the purpose of
punishment.
10. Extensive withholding of emotional response or stimulation.
11. Exclusion of a client from entry to the residence except in accordance with the written
agency policy.
Contractor shall document and report to DWS abuse, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation,
neglect, maltreatment and exploitation as outlined in this Code and cooperate fully in any
resulting investigation. Reports may be made by contacting the local Regional Office within 24
hours on the first available work day. All injury to clients (explained or unexplained) shall be
documented in writing and immediately reported to the Department of Workforce Services.
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Employee/Volunteer Signature
Date
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Print Employee/Volunteer Name
[Rev.01/15]
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