Code of Ethics

  • It shall be recognized that the persons served by PCADD and their families shall be the guiding force behind the organization.  All activities of the organization will be directed toward promoting services that are consistent with developing opportunities for persons served to achieve their highest level of independence, self-determination, productivity, and citizenship.
  • PCADD will conduct business in a respectful, honest, and trustworthy manner and will strive to provide the highest quality services to persons with developmental disabilities.
  • All employees, board members, and volunteers shall comply with internal policies and Missouri State Law (Sec 630.115, 630.110 RSMO) pertaining to the rights of persons served.
  • The PCADD Board of Directors will be guided by its bylaws, state enabling statutes, and board policies on leadership and legal requirements.
  • Board members are expected to represent PCADD in a positive and ethical manner, thus having an obligation to avoid conflicts of interest and to refer questions and concerns about potential conflicts to the Board Chairman. All members of the board must sign a conflict of interest statement on an annual basis.
  • PCADD’s financial practices will be handled according to agency policy and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). PCADD will conduct its financial practices in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and its by-laws. Waste, fraud, and abuse of PCADD funds shall not be tolerated.
  • PCADD’s marketing activities will be implemented in a manner that respects the dignity and the privacy rights of persons with disabilities.  PCADD will never knowingly mislead/misinform the public and will be accountable to the public for its activities.
  • PCADD services will be provided by trained and qualified staff utilizing the most current practices.
  • All contact with persons served by PCADD staff must maintain clear boundaries of personal and professional conduct. Any employee who has a personal relationship with a person referred for services must notify his or her supervisor and request to be removed from direct involvement with the person served.
  • PCADD contractual services shall be outlined in written contractual agreements based upon current law and sound legal parameters.
  • PCADD shall not deny services or in any way discriminate against a person served or other individual on the basis of race, color, creed, nationality, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.
  • PCADD services will be provided with a person-centered approach and according to the unique interests and aptitudes of the individuals being served, recognizing that the person served and/or their parent or guardian has primacy on the planning team.
  • PCADD staff, board members, and agents shall refrain from providing services or making personal solicitations which present a potential conflict of interest and that interfere with the ethical standards of our organization. Solicitations of donations by PCADD staff within the agency on behalf of another organization, individual, or family shall be approved on a case by case basis by the Executive Director.
  • PCADD employees, board members, and volunteers shall abide by standards of personal conduct outlined in agency policies.
  • PCADD staff shall respect the personal property of other staff, persons served, visitors, and the agency. Theft, intentional damage, unauthorized use, or misuse of property not belonging to staff will result in disciplinary action.
  • PCADD staff may witness documents, however, staff are instructed to consult their supervisor prior to witnessing a legal document such as power of attorney, court issued documents, advance directives, etc. PCADD staff witnessing documents should only do so if they are certain that the principal: 1. understands the nature and effect of the document they are signing, and 2. the delegation of their decision making powers. Further, staff should refrain from witnessing documents if they feel that the principal lacks the capacity to understand what they are signing, or if the principal is being unduly influenced by another person to sign the document.