Bylaws

BYLAWS OF THE CHARLOTTE TRANSGENDER HEALTHCARE GROUP (CTHG(Now adopted as CTHCG)

January 2012

ARTICLE I NAME AND PURPOSE

The name of the group shall be the Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group (CTHG). The purpose of the group is to provide a forum for education and consultation for healthcare professionals working with transgender individuals and their families. The group is also intended to serve as a resource for the transgender community to identify healthcare professionals who provide care and services to transgender individuals and their families.

ARTICLE II MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1: Classes of members

The group shall have two classes of members, designated as follows:

Members. Membership shall be open to those who are licensed healthcare providers in the greater Charlotte, NC area who identify as having an interest and/or professional involvement in the treatment of transgender individuals and their families. This shall include physicians, surgeons, psychologists, counselors, and social workers.

The group may ask prospective members to be able to verify professional membership in their respective professional associations (e.g., APA (American Psychological Association), ACA (American Counseling Association), AMA (American Medical Association).

Student Affiliates. Student Affiliate members are those individuals who: (1) are actively enrolled in a graduate program which is primarily oriented to psychology, counseling, social work, or medicine, or (2) have completed their graduate degree program in psychology, counseling, social work, or medicine, and will be eligible for licensure in the future.

SECTION 2: Application for Membership

ARTICLE III DUES

There will be no annual dues for membership.

ARTICLE IV MEETINGS & COMMUNICATION

The group shall schedule meetings on a monthly to bi-monthly basis, as determined by members’ assessment of need and interest of the existing membership. Meetings shall be limited to members, affiliates, and guests invited by members.

Meetings shall consist of speaker presentations on educational topics relevant to treatment, coordination of care, and resources for the transgender community, as well as case presentations and consultations.

Communication among members will be conducted through a listserv. The listserv may serve as a forum for referrals, scheduling of meetings, decisions about content of meetings and case presentations, and general case consultation. Participation in the listserv is limited to members.

ARTICLE V CONFIDENTIALITY

For the purpose of consultation, members agree to adhere to a strict practice of confidentiality of information shared in case presentations and consultations. Members will make every effort to limit identifying information shared about patients as set forth in the Health Information Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and ethical guidelines of their professional associations.

ARTICLE VI AMENDMENTS

Amendments to the Bylaws must be introduced to the membership and approved by a majority of the members present at a meeting.

If an amendment to the Bylaws fails to pass, an interim period of at least 3 months will be observed before further amendment consideration of a similar nature can be introduced for a vote.

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