BY-LAWS

ARTICLE I: Name

Section I

The name of the organization shall be “Austin Case Management Association”.

ARTICLE II: Definition

Section I

A case manager is: (1) one who currently supervises and/or provides a collaborative process across a continuum. He/she assesses, plans, implements, coordinates, monitors and evaluates services to meet individual needs through community and available resources to promote quality cost-effective outcomes or (2) a professional who attains case management certification.

ARTICLE III: Objectives

Section I

The objectives of the Association shall include but not necessarily be limited to:

To consider and deal with those common intra-industry problems of management. To secure cooperative action in advancing the common purposes of the Members, to foster equity in business usage, and to promote activities aimed at enabling the profession to conduct itself with the greatest economy and efficiency.

To disseminate information of a general economic, social and governmental character, to analyze subject thereto, and to secure and present the views of the members of the Austin Case Management Association, to other organization, to the government, and to the public.

To cooperate with the other professions, industries, and organizations in advancing matters of common interest.

To do anything necessary and proper for the accomplishment of any objective which shall be recognized as proper and lawful objectives of professional associations, all of which shall be consistent with the public interest, as well as the interest of the professions.

To assist State governing bodies in the formation and regulations of professional standards and conduct.

ARTICLE IV: Membership

Section I

The organization shall have the following classification of members, whose qualification and application requirements shall be set forth as follows:

Founding Member:

Founding members shall include those individuals who paid the full membership dues to the organization by December 1992. As long as a founding member maintains continuous membership, he/she shall have voting privileges, committee membership, and the right to hold office.

Regular Member:

Regular members shall be individuals who are engaged in the profession (direct or supervisory) according to the definition of case management at some time during the calendar year. Regular members shall have voting privileges, committee membership and the right to hold office.

Associate Member:

Associate members shall be those individuals, partnerships and corporations engaged in sell and/or marketing products and/or services to case management professionals. Associate members shall have voting privileges, committee memberships and the right to hold office.

Section II: Procedures for Admitting Members

All applications for active membership shall be presented to the Membership Committee for the Association in writing, and they shall be and hereby are authorized to admit such applicants to the Membership, according to their classification as outlined above, if they are eligible therefore under these By-Laws.

Section III: Duration of Membership

Membership in the Association may be terminated by voluntary withdrawal, by violation of the By-Laws or any agreement, rule or practice properly adopted by the Association, or any other conduct prejudicial to the interest of the Association. Such expulsion shall be by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the entire membership, provided that a statement of charges shall have been mailed by registered post to the last recorded address of a member at least thirty (30) days prior to the time the final action is taken thereon.

ARTICLE V: Finances

Section I: Fiscal Year

The fiscal year shall begin January 1.

Section II: Dues

Annual dues, if any, shall be paid by each member of the Association to help support its activities, if any, shall be established by the majority vote of the active members at the December meeting for the ensuing fiscal year.

ARTICLE VI: Meetings

Section I: Quorum

A majority of Regular Members shall constitute a quorum at any general meeting.

Section II: Voting

At all meetings of the Association each Member shall have one vote and may take part and vote in person only. Voting by proxy shall not be permitted, except as expressly provided by the Board of Directors. Unless specifically provided otherwise in these By-laws, a majority vote of the Members present and voting shall govern. Section III. Rules of Order - Parliamentary procedure for the meetings and proceedings of the Association shall be governed by the most recent edition of ROBERT RULES OF ORDER.

ARTICLE VII: Officers

Section I: Officers

The officers of the Association shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Member at Large. The Vice President, the Secretary and the Treasurer shall be elected by the membership at the December meeting of the Association and shall serve until their successors have been duly elected and assume office. Following the conclusion of the Vice President's term, the Vice President shall automatically succeed to the Presidency at the adjournment of the Annual Meeting. Officers may serve as a committee member.

Section II:. Qualifications for Office

Any Member in good standing shall be eligible for nomination and election to any elective office of the Association.

Section III: Nomination and Election of Officers

The Nominating Committee Co-chairs shall prepare and submit to the Members at the November meeting a nomination for each of the offices subject to election. Any person so nominated shall have consented prior to nomination. Additional nominations may be made from the floor.

Section IV: Term of Office

Each officer will take office in January following installation and shall serve for a term of one year or until a successor assumes office. Each officer will serve concurrently as a member of the Board of Directors. The Term runs from January of one year to January of the following year.

Section V: Vacancies

A vacancy in any office due to death, resignation, removal, disqualification or otherwise, may be filled by the Board of Directors for the unexpired portion of the term.

Section VI: President

The President shall serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Association. The President also shall serve as a member ex-officio, with the right to vote, on all committees except the Nominating Committee. The President shall preside over regular monthly meetings and coordinate all required appointments of standing and special committees. At the December meeting of the Association and at such other times as the President shall seem proper, the President shall communicate to the membership such matters and make such suggestions as may in the President's opinion tend to promote the welfare and increase the usefulness of the Association. The President shall perform such other duties as are necessarily incident to the Office of President or as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors.

Section VII: Vice President

The Vice President shall serve as President - Elect and shall succeed to Presidency. The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in the event of the President's inability to serve and the Vice President shall have such other duties as may be delegated by the Board of Directors.

Section VIII: Secretary

The Secretary shall provide for the proper recording of proceedings of the Association and Board of Directors and supply a copy of general Association minutes. The Secretary shall also maintain original Association forms.

Section IX: Treasurer

The Treasurer shall be responsible for all funds, accounts and securities of the Association and the collection of all dues, and the deposit and disbursements of all moneys in the name of the Association in such banks, trust companies or other depositories as shall be selected by the Board of Directors; perform all duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned to the Treasurer by the President or by the Board of Directors. If required by the Board of Directors, the Treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of the Treasurer's duties in such sum and with such surety as the Board of Directors shall determine. The Treasurer shall report the financial condition of the Association at the December meeting and at other times when called upon by the President. The Treasurer shall cause to be gathered appropriate information to comply with the Internal Revenue Service as is required for group tax exempt status. At the end of each fiscal year, the Treasurer shall prepare and annual report which will reflect an audit upon the expiration of the term of office. The Treasurer shall deliver over to the successor in office all books, money and other property in the Treasurer's custody and control, or, in the absence of a successor, shall deliver such properties to the President.
Section X. Member at Large - The Member at Large shall attend regular monthly meetings when possible and attend monthly board meetings. The Member at Large shall have duties delegated by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VIII: Committees

Section I

Each committee has two (2) Co-chairs.

Section II

A Co-chair must have served as a member of the same committee prior to nomination.

Section III

Co-chairs will serve as a committee chair for two (2) years, unless elected for office. At that time the Co-chair must vacate and replace his/her position.

Section IV

At least one (1) Co-chair from each committee is responsible to attend all Board of Director meetings and general meetings. If unable, the Co-chair is responsible to inform an officer.

Section V

The Nominations Committee is comprised of all committee Co-chairs. The Committee shall meet in October to determine candidates for Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Member at Large positions.

ARTICLE IX: Board of Directors

Section I. Authority and Responsibility

The governing body of the Association shall be the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall have the supervision, control and direction of the affairs of the Association, its committees and publications; shall determine its policies or changes therein; shall actively prosecute its objectives and supervise the disbursement of its funds. The Board of Directors may adopt such rules and regulations for the conduct of its business.

Section II: Composition

The Board of Directors shall consist of the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Member at Large and one chairperson from each committee who shall be elected as herein provided. The immediate past President shall serve a one-year term on the Board of Directors.

Section III: Manner of Election and Term

The Directors subject to election at the Association's December meeting shall be elected by vote of the Members.

Section IV: Nominations

The Nominating Committee shall present to the membership at the November meeting one nomination for each seat on the Board of Directors that is vacant or expiring. Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the November meeting.

Section V: Quorum

A majority of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at any meeting of the Board.

 

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