The mission of NOAP is to promote public safety through participation of potentially impaired healthcare professionals in monitored rehabilitation and recovery as an alternative to license discipline, emphasizing fitness to practice and retention of competent professionals. NOAP is committed to working in cooperation with regulatory and professional organizations toward this objective.

ARTICLE I. Title and Mission Statement - See below

ARTICLE II. Membership and Dues

ARTICLE III. Bylaws

ARTICLE IV. Resolutions

ARTICLE V. Elections

ARTICLE VI. Officers

ARTICLE VII. Executive Committee

ARTICLE VIII. Committees

ARTICLE IX. Fiscal Year


ARTICLE I. Title and Mission Statement

Section 1. Name

The name of this organization shall be the National Organization of Alternative Programs (NOAP).

Section 2. Mission Statement

Members of NOAP are committed to and promote:

  1. Public Safety through the development and maintenance of programs that serve as an alternative to licensure discipline.
  2. Safe practice and retention of health care professionals through monitoring, rehabilitation, and recovery in alternative programs.
  3. Research, education, ethical practices, and standardization of alternative programs.
  4. Working in cooperation with regulatory, professional, and consumer organizations to achieve NOAP's mission.

Section 3. Definitions

  1. Alternative Program - A program authorized, approved, and/or recognized by the appropriate regulatory board(s) that offers a voluntary, non-public opportunity for health care professionals whose practice is potentially impaired to be closely monitored by program staff in lieu of disciplinary action on the professional license.
  2. Cooperative/Supporting organizations/individuals: volunteer programs, non-health professional alternative to discipline programs, peer assistance groups, treatment facilities, drug-testing programs, regulatory board staff, or any other interested entities.

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ARTICLE II. Membership and Dues

Section 1. Composition

  1. NOAP is open to alternative program directors and their staff; peer assistance advocates, cooperative organizations, and interested others.


Section 2. Membership; Eligibility Requirements; Privileges

  1. Individual Membership
    1. Full - Employment as a director or staff of an Alternative Program. Full privileges, including voting and eligibility to hold elected executive positions, i.e. President, President Elect, Secretary or Treasurer.
    2. Associate - Any peer assistance advocate, regulatory board staff, treatment professional, or other interested person. Full privileges, including voting and eligibility to hold elected position as Officer-at-Large. Excludes the ability to serve as President, President Elect, Secretary or Treasurer.
    3. Volunteer/Student - Any alternative program volunteer or student enrolled in a state accredited, academic program leading to a degree/licensure as a health professional. Excludes both voting and the ability to run for Office.
  2. Organizational Membership
    1. Full - Alternative Program: membership includes three transferable individual full memberships. (Full privileges, including voting and eligibility to hold elected position as Officer-at-Large. Excludes the ability to serve as President, President Elect, Secretary or Treasurer.)
    2. Associate - Any cooperative/supporting organization: membership includes three transferable individual associate memberships. (Full privileges, including voting and eligibility to hold elected position as Officer-at-Large. Excludes the ability to serve as President, President Elect, Secretary or Treasurer.)

Section 3. Dues

  1. Shall be established and modified by the Executive Committee and approved by a majority vote following a 30 day discussion period.
  2. Shall be collected on an annual basis.
  3. Shall be used in the interest of NOAP.

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ARTICLE III. Bylaws

Section 1.

  1. The by-laws shall be the governing precepts of the organization.
  2. Proposed bylaws revisions shall be submitted to the bylaws committee for review.
  3. These by-laws may be amended by a two-third majority vote.

Section 2.

  1. Emergency resolutions. The organization has the authority to adopt an emergency resolution at the annual meeting.

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ARTICLE IV. Resolutions

Section 1.

  1. Proposed resolutions shall be submitted in writing to the executive committee for review.
  2. Resolutions shall be sent to members 30 days prior to the annual meeting and shall be adopted or rejected by majority vote.

Section 2.

  1. Emergency resolutions. The organization has the authority to adopt an emergency resolution at the annual meeting.

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ARTICLE V. Elections

Section 1.

  1. All elections shall be conducted under the authority of the nominating committee.
  2. Elections shall be conducted every year, and ballots shall be sent to each eligible voting member 30 days prior to the annual meeting.
  3. In the event of a vacancy of President Elect, Secretary, or Treasurer, nominations and elections will be conducted for the remaining term of office.
  4. Organizational officers shall be duly elected by a majority of the ballots cast. President Elect shall be elected every two years for a four year term, serving as President Elect year one and two, and serving as President year three and four. All other Officers shall be elected for a two-year term. The President Elect, Secretary and one (1) Officer at large shall be elected on alternate years from the Treasurer and the other Officer at Large.

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ARTICLE VI. Officers

Section 1. Terms of Office

  1. The Organization shall have six (6) elected officers: President, President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and two (2) Officers-at-Large.
  2. Officers shall serve a two-year term of office, with a limit of two consecutive terms in any one office.
  3. The terms of office shall commence at the conclusion of the annual membership meeting and run through the conclusion of the annual membership meeting two (2) years hence. The outgoing President shall preside over the annual membership meeting.
  4. Absence from more than two consecutive meetings (Executive Committee and/or annual meeting) without cause shall constitute a resignation.
  5. In the event a vacancy occurs in the position of the President, the President Elect automatically assumes the presidency.
  6. In the event of an officer vacancy, the Executive Committee may appoint a duly qualified replacement if the remainder of the term of office is one year or less.

Section 2. Functions

  1. President
    1. Officiates at Executive Committee and general Organization meetings.
    2. Maintains communication with committees of the organization.
    3. Serves on the Executive Committee for the two years following his/her term of office.
    4. Appoints members to committees as needed after consulting with the Executive Committee.
  2. President Elect
    1. Assumes the responsibilities at the request of, or in the absence of, the President during Executive Committee and Organization business meetings.
    2. Carries out those responsibilities delegated by the President or the Executive Committee.
    3. Provides oversight to the standing committees.
  3. Secretary
    1. Carries out those responsibilities delegated by the President or the Executive Committee.
    2. Records, maintains and distributes to the membership minutes of all organizational meetings.
    3. Maintains a current roster of the membership of the Organization, its committees and other essential documents.
  4. Treasurer
    1. Maintains the Organization’s financial accounts, non-profit status, and reports finances to the Executive Committee.
    2. Makes a report of the financial status of the Organization at all meetings and an annual report for distribution to the membership.
    3. Coordinates all financial responsibilities for the Organization including business meetings, special events and the routine expenses of the Organization.
    4. Carries out those responsibilities delegated by the President or the Executive Committee.
    5. Maintains an up-to-date list of the members whose dues are paid in full. Distributes notices to those members whose dues are in arrears.
    6. Prepares the records of the Organization for independent review and tax preparation.

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ARTICLE VII. Executive Committee

Section 1. The Functions of the Executive Committee

  1. The Executive Committee is a decision-making body that:
    1. Provides for the transaction of business and coordination of Organization activities.
  2. Composition
    1. The members of the Executive Committee shall be President, President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, two (2) Officers-at-Large and the immediate past-president. (Proposed: Members of the Executive Committee shall be limited to only 1 person from a member organization at a time.)
    2. The President OR President Elect shall officiate at all Executive Committee meetings.
    3. Executive meetings are open to all members.

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ARTICLE VIII. Committees

Section 1. Standing Committees

  1. The standing committees of the organization shall be:
    1. Executive Committee
    2. Bylaws/Resolutions/Nominating
    3. Public Relations/Membership/Education
    4. Research/Ethics
    5. Best Practices
    6. Conference Planning Committee
  2. The functions of the committees shall be to plan for the implementation of the goals of the Organization.
  3. Composition - a member of the executive committee shall serve as a liaison member.
  4. Each committee chair shall submit a written report to the Executive Committee prior to each of their meetings.

Section 2. Ad Hoc Committees

  1. Ad Hoc Committees are appointed by and serve at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

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ARTICLE IX. Fiscal Year

  1. The fiscal year of the Organization shall begin on January 1 end on December 31 of each calendar year.

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Revised November 12, 2015 (Contact NOAP Executive Office for bylaws version 5).


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