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Code of Ethics

These principles will guide Family Support Specialists in their various roles, relationships, and levels of responsibility in which they function professionally.

  1. The primary responsibility of a Youth/Family Support Specialist is to help caregivers achieve their family’s needs, wants, and goals.
  2. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will maintain high standards of personal and professional conduct.
  3. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will conduct himself or herself in a manner that maintains his or her own wellness.
  4. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will openly share with caregivers, other YSS/FSSs and non-caregivers his or her stories as a caregiver of a child or youth with emotional, behavioral or co-occurring disorders as appropriate for the situation in order to promote and support resiliency and recovery.
  5. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will respect at all times the rights and dignity of those he or she serves.
  6. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will never intimidate, threaten, harass, use undue influence, use physical force, use verbal abuse, or make unwarranted promises of benefits to the individuals he or she serves.
  7. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will not practice, condone, facilitate, or collaborate in any form of discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, political belief, mental or physical disability, military and/or veteran status, or any other preference or personal characteristic, condition, or state.
  8. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will promote thoughtful, informed decision making for those he or she serves in all matters.
  9. The Youth/ Family Support Specialist will respect the privacy and confidentiality of those he or she serves.
  10. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will comply with mandated reporting requirements for abuse and neglect of children and vulnerable adults.
  11. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will promote and support services that foster hope and resiliency and maintenance of a child or youth with mental illness in the home, school, and community.
  12. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will be directed by the philosophy that parents and caregivers should be equal partners in the treatment of their children
  13. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will be directed by the knowledge that all individuals have the right to live and receive services in the least restrictive and least intrusive environment.
  14. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will not enter into dual relationships or commitments that conflict with the interests of those he or she serves.
  15. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will never engage in sexual and/or intimate activities with any individual he or she serves.
  16. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will not abuse prescription medications or alcohol or use illegal substances under any circumstances.
  17. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will keep current with emerging knowledge relevant to resiliency, family-driven care, and child/adolescent issues and will share this knowledge with other Family Support Specialists.
  18. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will not accept gifts of significant value from those he or she serves.
  19. The Youth/Family Support Specialist will provide direct caregiver-to-caregiver support services as defined by the Scope of Activities.