COMPLIANCE & CODE OF CONDUCT

Honest and Lawful Conduct

One of the Siouxland Mental Health Center's (SMHC) strongest assets is its reputation for integrity and honesty. All employees, board members, and affiliated contractors will accurately and honestly represent SMHC and will not engage in any activity or scheme intended to defraud anyone of money, property, or honest services. 

Compliance with State and Federal Laws

All employees, board members, and affiliated contractors of SMHC will comply with State and Federal laws in all of their business dealings and avoid doing anything that could create even the appearance of impropriety. We will prepare and submit accurate claims for payment consistent with the requirements of all Federal and State healthcare programs. 

Cooperate with the Compliance Program

To be effective, all employees board members, and affiliated contractors of SMHC must work together to ensure the success of the Compliance Program. Each employee is responsible for acquiring sufficient knowledge to recognize potential compliance issues applicable to their duties. 

Any employee, board member, or affiliated contractor who believes or becomes aware of any violation of this Code of Conduct or any illegal activity by a director, officer, employee, or another person acting on SMHC's behalf shall promptly report the violation or illegal activity in person, by phone or in writing. All suspected violations of any State or Federal law, or any violations of the Company's own policies and procedures or Code of Conduct must be reported to the Compliance Officer or through the Compliance Hotline. 

Disclosure Program

Siouxland Mental Health Center is committed to non-retaliation and to maintaining confidentiality and anonymity, as appropriate, with respect to disclosure to any violations to the Compliance Officer or submitted anonymously through the Compliance Hotline 1-855-661-2667.

Confidentiality

Employees, interns, contracted employees, board members, and affiliated contractors of Siouxland Mental Health will strive to maintain the confidentiality of individuals served and other confidential information in accordance with applicable legal and ethical standards. Confidential information will not be used for any purpose other than to carry out the business of the Company. Siouxland Mental Health is required by our own corporate policies, as well as by state and federal laws and regulations, to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Protected Health Information (PHI), Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and all other sensitive information that SMHC creates, maintains, receives, or transmits during the course of our business operations. 

Conflict of Interest

Directors, officers, committee members, board members, and employees of Siouxland Mental Health Center must make decisions for the best interest of the clients and agency. Siouxland Mental Health employees may not use their positions for any personal profit. 

In addition, Siouxland Mental Health Center employees must not:

  1. take personal advantage of opportunities that are discovered while using SMHC's property, information, or their employment with SMHC;

  2. use SMHC's property, information, or their employment with SMHC for personal gain; or 

  3. compete in business against any of the SMHC subsidiaries.

Business Relationships

Any business transactions between Siouxland Mental Health Center and vendors, contractors, or other third parties shall be transacted free from offers or solicitation of gifts and favors or other improper inducements in exchange for influence or assistance in a transaction.

Protection of Assets

Siouxland Mental Health Center employees, interns, and contracted workers will strive to preserve and protect SMHC's assets by making prudent and effective use of its resources, and properly and accurately reporting its financial condition. 

Fundamental Values

The actions of all SMHC employees, directors, interns, contracted workers, board members, and vendors are based on the fundamental values and mission of SMHC which include respecting the worth, dignity, and uniqueness of all persons as well as their rights and opportunities and obligations within a safe, caring environment. Siouxland Mental Health Center must always act in a manner that is consistent with these standards. 

Compliance with the Code of Conduct is a condition of employment and shall be an element in evaluating the performance for all employees. Violations of these standards will result in discipline being imposed up to and including possible termination.