As a respectable and credible interventionist/behavioral health professional, I commit to upholding the ethics of our industry, the treatment community, and the families we serve, by pledging to never benefit financially from a patient in the form of unethical compensation. I acknowledge that accepting financial compensation (referral fees, marketing fees, or kickbacks) from referents is not only unethical, illegal under several circumstances, and highly suspect in the eyes of the federal government, but it also poses a threat to the patient’s and their family’s optimal treatment when financial compensation becomes a factor in determining a patient’s best course of treatment. If I am to benefit financially in the form of referral fees, marketing fees, kickbacks, and the like, I will let the patient and family know in writing before recommending the provider or facility that is compensating me. I acknowledge that withholding financial compensation disclosures from a patient or family is unethical, and I will do my part to make sure the industry is ethically sound by pledging to be ethical, respectable, and a true agent for industry reform.
I, Joyce Sundin, have signed this pledge and adhere to these principals.