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Resolutions & Amendments

30th International Convention - Las Vegas, NV (1992)

Work Toward the Appointment of Para-professionals on the Boards of National Health Care Accrediting Bodies

Resolution No. 100
30th International Convention
June 15-19, 1992
Las Vegas, NV


There is an increasing trend towards having state-run health care facilities accredited by various national accrediting bodies such as the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCHO) and the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA); and


The result of adjusting staffing levels in order to achieve accreditation from these agencies is often an increase in the number of so-called "professional" staff; and


The role and importance of so-called "para-professional" staff in the treatment of mental illness and other human services is not properly understood by these accrediting bodies; and


This has led to a decrease in so-called "para-professional" jobs which are needed by our communities, an increase in the cost of providing public services and also a decrease in AFSCME membership in some jurisdictions, often with no clear benefit to the clients we serve.


That AFSCME will work toward the goal of having so-called para-professionals in the health care field appointed to the relevant boards of the various national agencies which accredit health care facilities.


Jon Grossman, President and Delegate
Rosalind P. Horner, Delegate
AFSCME Local 470, Council 93