Rules of Engagement

  • Honesty and Transparency:

    • Disclose conflicts of interest.
    • Mutual enforcement of the rules of engagement.
  • Respect:

    • Be thoughtful of each other at all times and continuously strive to work in a positive, respectful and trusting fashion.
    • Listen actively.
    • Ask questions regarding shared information when needed.
    • Explain positions as the subject matter is broached.
    • Initiate sidebar when necessary.
  • Participation:

    • Be prepared.
    • Participate in discussions.
    • Provide timely responses regarding the TCHM’s business.
    • Support the TCHM through frequent and ongoing contributions.
  • Anonymity:

    • Maintain confidentiality on any information shared by other members while also using the shared information to promote the TCHM’s goals.
  • Collaboration:

    • Strive to focus on the greater good of the group, rather than on the organization a member represents.
    • Share information and cooperate in order to ensure that we continue to build a strong, credible coalition.
    • Do not represent the TCHM unless members have addressed an issue.  (See also decision-making process.)
    • Agree to work out differences with any members in a collaborative fashion.
    • Announce any disagreement or opposition with another member organization’s position and discuss a possible compromise. If no compromise, announce disagreement again and inform TCHM what steps the organization will take when presenting this issue to others.
      • If a certain bill is being discussed during the legislative session and a member’s organization is in opposition to the majority of the TCHM’s members, announce disagreement and step out of the room when strategy is discussed. However, as noted above, always search for a compromise that can bridge the gap among organizations. (This process should be applied to all matters and discussions.)
    • Do not disparage the TCHM – it is expected that if an organization is opposed to a bill or a stance – and common ground cannot be reached – that the organization does not disparage the TCHM when expressing their opposition to legislators or any other stakeholders.
  • Support:

    • Work actively to inform decision makers and other stakeholders about the TCHM’s shared priorities, goals and mission.
  • Voice:

    • Be a unified, authentic voice in the mental health and substance use disorder communities and in communicating the TCHM’s priorities and mission.