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  • Article IV
  • Article V
  • Article VI
  • Article VII
  • Article VIII


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The name of this organization is the Indiana Counselors Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, referred throughout this document at ICAADA.



The association exists as an incorporated association that is a subsidiary of the Mental Health Association in Indiana, Inc.

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Section 1. Mission Statement

The mission of this Association is to advance the field of alcohol and other drug abuse and co-occurring disorders prevention and treatment through provision of addiction professional testing, credentialing and training programs and advocacy and membership services of the highest quality.

Section 2: Collaboration

The Association may collaborate with all official and voluntary health, welfare, educational and rehabilitation organizations concerned with the prevention and treatment of alcohol and other drug abuse and related areas of public health.

Section 3: Affiliations

The Association may affiliate with other professional associations or national bodies and may pay from its treasury dues required for such affiliation.

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Section 1: Voting Membership
Voting members of the organization shall consist of the Board of Directors of ICAADA and the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association in Indiana. The voting members of this corporation shall have the power to transact the business to carry out the purpose of the corporation.

Section 2: Individual/Sponsoring Membership
Individual/sponsoring members are individuals or organizations that pay dues in accordance with the policies set out by the Board of Directors. Individual members in good standing are eligible to participate in electing members to the Board of Directors.

Section 3: Membership Qualifications Regular Membership is open to any individual concerned with the problems of alcohol and other drug abuse who is in agreement with and supportive of the Association's mission. There are six (6)categories of membership: Regular, Sponsoring, Student, Emeritus, Disability, and Inactive.

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Section 1. Composition

The Association shall be governed and managed through a body known as its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors shall consist of eleven (11) dues-current Association members elected by Association membership. The President of MHAI shall serve as Treasurer. The President of ICAADA shall serve as a Vice-Chair on the MHAI Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors will upon a positive vote award Board voting privileges to one representative from each functioning Regional Chapter that meets the Regional Chapter definition as defined by the ICAADA By-Laws. Board members may have no more than one unexcused absence per year in order to retain their seat on the Board. The President shall serve as Chairperson of the Board.

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Section 1. List of Officers

The Board will have the following officers: President; President-Elect; Immediate Past-President; Secretary; and Treasurer, who is the CEO of MHAI. This constitutes the executive board of ICAADA, and functions with the authority of the board between board meetings. The President, President-Elect, and Secretary, shall be elected by the Board of Directors at the first Board Meeting following the Annual Meeting for a term of two (2) years each. Officers shall have held membership in the Association for a period of at least one (1) year before being eligible for office.

Section 2: Board Officer Transition of Office, Term Restrictions, and Qualifications

The President, President-Elect and Immediate Past-President shall not hold the same office for consecutive two-year terms, unless through resignation or removal of the previous office holder.The President, upon completion of the term, shall be installed as Immediate Past-President, and the President-Elect shall be installed as President.

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As a subsidiary of the Mental Health Association in Indiana, ICAADA is covered under the Mental Health Association in Indiana’s indemnification policy. The Association shall indemnify any individual against liability and expense incurred in connection with the defense with any civil action, suit, or proceeding while acting in the capacity of the director.

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These bylaws may be amended in whole or in part by two-thirds (2/3) of dues-current members present at any membership meeting at which bylaw amendments are presented, or by two-thirds (2/3) of the Board present at any regular or special Board Meeting, provided that the amendment is conveyed by regular mail or electronic communication at least 15 days prior to the meeting.

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