Governance - Membership

2.0 Membership

2.1 Eligibility

2.1.1 Voting Members

Any mental health professional association who agrees with the OAMHP goals and principles may become a member providing that they:

  • provide adequate and pertinent information about their organization by responding to an OAMHP questionnaire;
  • agree to pay their annual membership fee and any other fees as approved by the membership.

In addition:

  • All membership applications must be approved by the Steering Committee;
  • All member organizations, except "supporters" (support members) have equal standing and have a right to name one (1) voting representative to the Alliance;
  • All member organizations have a right to name one (1) alternate representative to the Alliance, but still maintains one (1) vote in the Alliance.

2.1.2 Non-Voting Members

  • Other types of organizations such as training institutions, certification bodies and agencies that support the goals and principles of the Alliance may also join the Alliance as Support Members;
  • Support members are not eligible for election;
  • Professional Associations are only eligible to be voting members and not Support members.

2.2 Fees

Membership fees shall be such as are from time to time set by the Steering Committee and shall be subject to the approval of the members at the General Meeting next following the action of the Steering Committee.

Notice of annual renewal is sent to each member at a specific date as stipulated by the Steering Committee.

The exercise of the rights of a member shall be contingent upon the payment of fees.

2.3 Termination

Membership can be terminated for any one of the following reasons:

  • At the request of the member;
  • For non-payment of annual dues or other debts to the Alliance;
  • For failure to adhere to the OAMHP By-Laws provided any such failure is determined by a process which respects the member's right to natural justice.