BYLAWS of the Christian Mental Health Network
Serving Christian Mental Health Professionals throughout South Carolina
The name for this Network shall be Christian Mental Health Network (CMHN), with a descriptive name of Serving Christian Mental Health Professionals throughout South Carolina
To create a community of Christian Mental Health Professionals in various fields (including, but not limited to Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists and Psychiatrists) to provide opportunities for networking, professional support and professional development.
The primary purpose of the CMHN shall be to meet the common needs and concerns of Christian Mental Health Professionals throughout South Carolina by:
- Promoting the professionalism of Christian Mental Health Professionals throughout South Carolina through the application of professional standards of practice.
- Providing ongoing professional development, training, and educational activities for Christian mental health professionals.
- Serving as a resource of ideas and information relevant to Christian mental health professionals.
- Educating the Christian community regarding mental health issues, mental health counseling and services and CMHPs role in these endeavors.
- Consulting and coordinating with other related professionals in order to better serve the needs of clients, their communities and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.
Individual membership in this Network shall be open to persons who are interested in the advancement of Christian Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, Psychiatry, Life Coaching and other related professions who subscribe to the values adopted by the CMHN Board of Directors.
There shall be three levels of individual membership in this network.
- Student – must be matriculated in a graduate degree program in a mental health related areas
- General – demonstrates interest in one or more of the areas of focus for the Network, but does not necessarily hold employment or licensure in this area.
- Professional – must have at least a master’s degree in a mental health related area and be in good standing with the issuing agency if they hold a state license.
Institutional Membership shall be granted to those mental health centers and ministries and those churches and other institutions that meet the requirements stated in the Bi-Laws of this Network (Article IV)
Members of the Network shall be approved by the Board of Directors after qualification by the Board pursuant to such policies as the Board may from time to time adopt and payment of such dues as set by the Board from time to time. Membership in the Network shall become active upon payment of initial dues after approval by the Board of Directors. All such dues are payable to CMHN.
Dues for the members of CHMN are level payable on the 1st of September of each year. The treasurer will be responsible for collecting all dues and determining membership on a yearly basis. Dues will be prorated for the first year if membership is made after September 1st.
The elective officers of this Network shall be: (1) President, (2) President-Elect, (3) Immediate Past- President, (4) Secretary/Treasurer, (5) Membership Coordinator, (6) Parliamentarian, and (7) Member at Large.
These officers shall be members of the CMHN, and shall be elected by the active CMHN members. The election shall be held during the Annual Workshop and Membership meeting. Absentee ballots may be obtained by written request, however, they must be received by the membership committee at least one week before the Annual Worship and Membership meeting.
Officers shall serve for a one year term, with the exception of the secretary/treasurer, who will serve for two years. They shall assume office on September 1st, of the year elected, and terminate office August 31st, of the following year.
The president shall preside over all business meetings and shall be ex-officio member of all standing and special committees.
The president-elect shall preside in the absence of the president, and shall be Chairperson of the program committee.
The Immediate Past President will act as a consultant to the president and shall perform such duties as directed by the president. The immediate past president shall be the Chair of the Budget and Finance committee to provide an accounting audit.
The secretary/treasurer will: (1) keep the minutes of all meetings of the Network and shall maintain an active membership roll; and (2) collect the dues of all members and keep account of all expenditures incurred by the Network. An annual financial statement shall be required.
The Membership Coordinator will: (1) maintain database of members; (2) review applications for new members; (3) coordinate annual renew al of members; (4) assist treasurer in maintaining records of payment for membership; and (5) update webmaster with membership changes for online directory.
The Parliamentarian will assure that proper procedures are followed in the conducting of Network meetings and assist in interpretation and making changes, when deemed necessary in the bylaws of the Network.
The Member at Large will represent the various types of members to the Board, being responsible for assuring that Network programs and professional development are representative of the membership of the Network.
The standing committees of this Network : program, membership, budget and finance, networking and training committee, and elections and ethics committee.
The Program Committee shall plan all official programs of the Network. The chairperson of the program committee shall be the president-elect.
The Membership Committee shall promote mental health professions represented by the membership of this Network among all eligible persons in the Lowcountry. The chairperson of this committee shall be the membership coordinator.
The Budget Committee and the Finance Committee shall maintain financial records of all the funds of the Network and shall recommend to the Executive Board and the Network a proposed budget for the annual operation of the Network. This proposed budget shall be of the current year. The committee shall be composed of the president, president-elect, Immediate past president, and the secretary/treasurer, who shall serve as the chairperson. In the event that the treasurer is newly elected, the out-going treasurer may assist in drawing up the proposed budget.
The By-laws committee shall keep the membership supplied with accurate copies of the by-laws and shall propose amendments to them when deemed appropriate. The chairperson shall be the parliamentarian. The secretary/treasurer will also be a member of this committee.
The Networking and Training Committee shall plan all official training programs of the Network. The chairperson of the program committee shall be the president.
The Elections and Ethics Committee shall report to the annual meeting submitting a slate of nominees for all elective officers. establish publications policy and be responsible for educating the membership as to the Network’s ethical standards and for keeping the membership informed of any changes In the ethical standards and/or In the policies and procedures for handling complaints of ethical violations. The parliamentarian will serve on the committee and be responsible for reporting back ethical issues and violations to the Board of Directors. The chairperson of the committee shall be the president elect.
This Network shall have a minimum of three meetings and one Executive Board meeting per year. Other meetings may be called when the president deems necessary.
Business of the Network shall be conducted at meetings of the Network.
Active members present at any regular meetings shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of the business of the Network.
These By-Laws may be amended at any regular meetings of this Network provided the proposed amendment has been sent to the membership at least 15 days prior to the meeting.