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Reeve Foundation Peer and Family Support Program

Code of Conduct

1. Peer Mentors 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, or any other preference or personal characteristic, condition or state.

2. Peer Mentors will advocate for peers so that they may make their own decisions in all matters dealing with other professionals, promoting concepts of shared-decision making.

3. Peer Mentors will respect the privacy and confidentiality of those people utilizing peer support services.

4. Peer Mentors will advocate for the full integration of individuals into the community of their choice and will promote the value and asset of diversity that these individuals offer communities. Peer Mentors will be directed by the knowledge that all individuals have the right to live in the least restrictive and least intrusive environment.

5. Peer Mentors will never engage in sexual/intimate activities with the people utilizing peer support services.

6. Peer Mentors will avoid conflicts of interest that compromise the relationship between the Peer Mentors and the peer.

7. Peer mentors will never intimidate, threaten, harass, use undue influence, physical force or verbal abuse, or make unwarranted promises of benefits to the people that utilize peer support services.

8. Peer Mentors will not accept gifts of significant value from those utilizing peer support services.

9. Peer Mentors will maintain high standards of personal conduct that includes keeping commitments to and giving of dignity and respect to all people.

10. Peer Mentors will acknowledge limits to their knowledge that exist.

11. Peer Mentors have an ethical and legal obligation to report suspected cases of abuse, neglect or exploitation of their peers or others with whom they come in contact in their roles as a Peer Mentor to the appropriate authorities.

Peer mentors must agree to adhere to this Code of Conduct and understand that a violation of such can result in a suspension or revocation of their certificate as a Peer Mentor.

Note: The actual code of conduct form will include the signature of the peer mentor.

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American Association of SCI Psychologists and Social WorkersPromote research to improve quality of care and works to improve skills and techniques of members.

Caregiver.comOffers a directory of support groups for caregivers.

NJ Self-Help Group ClearinghouseEnables people to help themselves with self-help groups.

University of Alabama at BirminghamOffers an information sheet (Info Sheet #11) on bladder care and management.

Paralysis Resource Center The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information Specialists are reachable business weekdays, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-539-7309 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm ET. You may also schedule a call or send a message online.

Reeve Foundation Online Paralysis Community Connecting people living with paralysis, families, friends and caregivers so we can share support, experience, knowledge, and hope.

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The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Resource Center Information Specialists are reachable business weekdays, Monday through Friday, toll-free at 800-539-7309 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern U.S. Time. International callers use 973-467-8270. You may also schedule a call or send a message online.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PR3001, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.