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Association Membership Requirements

  • 1.  Association Membership Requirements

    Posted 30 days ago
    We are reviewing our membership requirements to join our Association. We have a vote by our full membership to accept or reject an application to join. To my knowledge we have never rejected an application. I am just wondering what your associations have set up to accept new members. Thanks.

    Annette Dubas
    Executive Director
    Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations
    Fullerton NE

  • 2.  RE: Association Membership Requirements

    Posted 27 days ago

    They send the check, and I, as CEO, hold it up to an incandescent light to make sure it's not fraudulent. If it's not, they're accepted, and quite warmly.

    Seriously, there has been talk of our Membership Committee doing some sort of vetting, but it isn't in our bylaws and I don't know why we would do that.  I suppose it makes sense if there is a questionable applicant, but if that's the case we can just run it by the committee anyway. We run "hardship dues" cases by the Membership Committee.

    What about establishing a process by which staff decides what has to go by the Board or a Membership Committee?  I can't imagine anyone would object to that.

    We have two types of memberships -- "voting members", i.e., nonprofits (there are three dues categories) and "associate members", which is sort of whatever we establish -  it can be businesses or for-profit providers, for example.

    Gian-Carl Casa
    President and CEO
    Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance, Inc.
    Hartford CT
    (860)525-5080 1022

  • 3.  RE: Association Membership Requirements

    Posted 27 days ago

    TAADAS doesn't really have a policy to vet members but we have a strong policy on compliance that each member must sign before their check for membership is accepted.  We also have a policy and procedure to remove members if there are compliance or legal issues of concern.  Frankly, if I felt an application was not a good fit, I would just personally take it to the Board/Ex Committee president and the membership committee chair and tell them of my concerns so that we could jointly act.


    Mary-Linden Salter, LCSW

    Executive Director

    Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services
    Airport Executive Plaza
    1321 Murfreesboro Pike Suite 155
    Nashville, TN 37217
    Office: 615-780-5901, ex

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  • 4.  RE: Association Membership Requirements

    Posted 27 days ago

    As NJAMHAA is a private, non-profit trade association, we are able to reject members who do not meet the criteria which are spelled out in the bylaws.  Of course, we also reserve the right to not accept any member that does not meet the criteria of good ethics and all members have to annually sign a statement. 


    Our process is similar to others:  The application goes to the Governance Committee for a vote and if approved, it is sent to the full Board for approval. 


    This process applies to our "regular" membership category only, i.e., nonprofit and for-profit providers of services.


    Warm regards,




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    Debra L. Wentz, PhD

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    NJAMHAA, Inc.

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    Mercerville, NJ  08619

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    The New Jersey Mental Health Institute
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  • 5.  RE: Association Membership Requirements

    Posted 27 days ago

    The Ohio Council is private, non-profit trade association as well.  As long as a provider meets the membership criteria and agrees to membership, they can join our organization.  Our Board Executive Committee can approve applications between board meetings.  The full Board votes to ratify executive committee decisions.  We are careful to educate the Board about this to avoid any anti-trust concerns.


    We have multiple membership options for private providers and an affiliate membership option for organizations whose products and services support our members. Membership criteria can be found here:




    Teresa Lampl, LISW-S, CEO 

    The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers

    35 E. Gay Street, Suite 401, Columbus, OH  43215   740-358-6567 (cell phone)  |     


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  • 6.  RE: Association Membership Requirements

    Posted 27 days ago
    In the past, we had applicants (1) agree to adhere to our code of ethics; (2) agree to adhere to our standards of practice; (3) share their most recent audited financial statement; (4) complete a detailed application; and (5) submit a dues check. We would then discuss the applicant's reputation with state employees and other members, then put it to a vote of the Board of Directors. With this process, we added 1-2 members every five years and rejected the majority of applicants.

    We have recently moved to a process where applicants submit a brief application, agree to our code of ethics, and submit a dues check. We verify that they have business and healthcare licenses to do business in Maryland. Under the new process, we've grown membership over 45% in three years, but I think our traditional members are uncomfortable with the "quality" and perceived mission of newer members, fearing that this may change CBH's perceived reputation or advocacy goals. Haven't seen this yet, but it's early days.

    Shannon Hall

    Shannon Hall
    Executive Director
    Community Behavioral Health Association of Maryland
    Catonsville MD
    410-788-1865 ext 2

  • 7.  RE: Association Membership Requirements

    Posted 27 days ago

    Here at RCPA membership is viewed as an administrative function and handled by staff. It does not get reviewed by the Board. membership, or anyone else.  Further, we have opted to cast a wide net; there are no requirements other than to be a licensed (or equivalent) agency, facility, hospital, etc. We also allow all levels of care/ service across all health and human services, and you can be a not-for-profit or for-profit entity.  And while the vast majority of our member providers are medicaid/ "safety net" providers, that too is not a requirement. You could be a largely commercial provider, but if you wanted access to our information you can join. Finally, we also have other member non-voting categories, including, business, associate, insurer, government, government provider, etc.

    I hope that helps- please let me know of you need additional information.

    - Richard

    Richard Edley
    Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association
    Harrisburg PA

  • 8.  RE: Association Membership Requirements

    Posted 27 days ago
    Good morning, Annette!
    We have a membership criteria within our by-laws (Iowa provider in good standing - fairly broad).  Applications are reviewed by Membership Committee and approved by the board.  The only restriction we have is prohibiting state Resource Centers (IDD) and state hospitals to be members.

    We also have two additional categories of membership - related industry partners (governmental organizations, other associations, advocacy groups, etc) and strategic business partners (mostly vendors).  Those members are not voting members, but may sit on committees.  We have found it very helpful to have strategic business partners sit on Membership, Education & Training, and Government Relations committees.  They have a different perspective, and it broadens the conversation for our providers.

    Happy to share details if you have any questions.
    Take care!

    Shelly Chandler
    Iowa Association of Community Providers
    Des Moines, IA
    515-270-9495 ext. 203
    515-554-1760 (mobile)

  • 9.  RE: Association Membership Requirements

    Posted 27 days ago
    We have the executive director and board leaders vet the applicant first and then if they think the candidate is appropriate for membership, have the full board (16 members) interview the applicant.  The vote is then done be consensus.



    Julie Tessler. Executive Director

    VT Council of Developmental & Mental Health Services/Vermont Care Partners


    137 Elm Street, Montpelier, VT 05602

    Phone:Office:802-223-1773 x406  Mobile:802 279-0464