ARTICLE I: NAME, MISSION & GOALS

Section 1. Name

The legal name of this organization shall be Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines, LLC. Other names are The Academy and ACSDD.

Section 2. Mission & Goals

The Academy will be recognized as the leader in academically rigorous education and credentialing built upon evidence-based, multidisciplinary scholarship in the areas of sleep breathing disorders, TMD, and Craniofacial Pain.

The Academy believes in a multidisciplinary paradigm through its invitation to health care practitioners including but not limited to dentists, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, sleep technologists, nurses, and nurse practitioners who interact with and/or provide treatment to the patient for sleep-breathing disorders, TMD, or craniofacial pain.

The goals of this organization are the following:

A. To serve the needs of its members by delivering sustained outstanding customer service;

B. To expose its members to the most recent, evidenced-based sleep-disorders knowledge;

C. To engage dental sleep medicine experts for the benefit of its members;

D. To remain totally unbiased, nonpolitical, family-values-based, and inclusive;

E. To assist its members in earning a credential at their level of expertise.

F. To advocate for its members and the future of their practice through the Consortium for Dental Sleep Medicine initiative.

ARTICLE II: MEMBERSHIP, CERTIFICATION,  AND FELLOW / DIPLOMATE CREDENTIALING

Section 1. Membership

Active members shall be any health care provider who is interested in learning the identification, treatment, and management of sleep breathing disorders and/or who contributes to the effective treatment of sleep breathing disorders. A yearly membership fee is required.  Active members also include those individuals who are gifted membership by the Executive Director.

Membership shall be secured by applying online through the Academy’s online membership service or via snail mail.

Section 2. Certification and Credentialing

Application for the Academic Certificate, the Fellow Credential, and/or the Diplomate Credential within the Academy shall be made by completing all requirements as explained on the website and including submission of the proper fees.

Applicants are to make one copy for their records; the Academy does not return application materials to its members. If an applicant’s materials are rejected, a $300.00 review fee will be retained and the remainder of the total application fee will be returned to the applicant.

ARTICLE III:  GOVERNANCE

Section 1. Executive Director, Founding Staff, Medical Director, Dental Director

Subsection 1. The Executive Director

The Executive Director is sole owner of the Academy and makes all final decisions on all matters regarding the Academy.

Subsection 2. Founding Staff

Founding Staff of the Academy are the Director of Operations, the Director of Scholarship and Compliance, and the Media Editor. They are gifted membership in the ACSDD by the Executive Director as long as they hold their stated positions.

Subsection 3. Medical Director

In counsel with Executive Director, the Medical Director provides oversight of all sleep medicine activities and issues of the Academy. He or she is gifted membership in the Academy by the Executive Director as long as he or she holds his or her stated position.

Subsection 4. Dental Director

In counsel with Executive Director, the Dental Director provides oversight of all dental sleep medicine activities and issues of the Academy. He or she is gifted membership in the Academy by the Executive Director as long as he or she holds his or her stated position.

Section 2. Advisory Council, Conference Chair, and Senior and Adjunct Faculty

Subsection 1. Advisory Council

Selected by and in counsel with the Executive Director, Advisory Council members advise the Executive Director on Academy matters and issues and serve at the pleasure of the Executive Director. They are gifted membership in the Academy by the Executive Director as long as they hold their stated positions. Advisory Council members are expected to be positive ambassadors of the ACSDD.

Subsection 2. Conference Chair

The Conference Chair is selected by the Executive Director and serves at the pleasure of the Executive Director.

Subsection 3. Faculty

Qualified individuals can be recommended to the Executive Director by the ACSDD Advisory Council or Conference Chair at any time. All faculty members serve at the pleasure of the Executive Director. Faculty members may be gifted membership in the Academy by the Executive Director as long as they hold their stated positions.

Faculty members are expected to be positive ambassadors of the Academy.

All individuals in leadership positions as stated above shall immediately report any real or perceived conflicts of interest involving themselves or general membership to the Executive Director. The Executive Director can create or dissolve positions to ensure the smooth operation of the Academy.

ARTICLE IV:  COMMITTEES

Section 1. Committees

Committee members must be ACSDD members in good standing. Committees shall function in an advisory capacity to the Executive Director. All committees report directly to Committee Chairs but have full access to the Executive Director all times. Committees are responsible for the development and implementation of programs that meet member needs. Prior to implementation of any program, the program must be approved by the Executive Director.

Committees shall not independently contact or contract with other organizations nor secure or attempt to secure funds or resources from outside sources without the prior review of the Executive Director.

All committee members shall operate under the highest ethical standards and shall avoid all conflicts of interest. When in question, any committee member shall discuss the matter with the Chair and/or the Executive Director. The members of all committees shall hold office until relieved by their successors.

Committee members are expected to be positive ambassadors or the Academy.

Subsection 1. The Consortium Educate the Public Committee

This Committee’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

• Developing plans and measurable goals to accomplish its objectives
• Submitting such operational structure, goals, and objectives to the Executive Director
for review and approval annually

Subsection 2. The Consortium Educate the Physicians Committee

This Committee’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

• Developing plans and measurable goals to accomplish membership objectives
• Submitting such operational structure, goals, and objectives to the Executive Director
for review and approval annually

Subsection 3.  The Consortium Educate the Insurance Carriers/Federal Payers Committee

This Committee’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

• Developing plans and measurable goals to accomplish membership objectives
• Submitting such operational structure, goals, and objectives to the Executive Director
for review and approval annually

Subsection 4. The ACSDD Certification Application Review Committee

The ACSDD Certification Application Review Committee’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

• Reviewing and approving/rejecting submitted case applications of individuals seeking Fellow or Diplomate status
• Notifying the Executive Director of acceptance or rejection
•Keeping application criteria commensurate with current research and in order to make
changes to the exam as appropriate

Subsection 5. The ACSDD Bylaws Committee

The Bylaws Committee shall be responsible for reviewing the Bylaws on an annual basis and revising the Bylaws as necessary. Recommended revisions or additions to the Bylaws must be approved by the Executive Director prior to implementation.

ARTICLE IV:  CORRECTIVE ACTION MEASURES

Section 1. Expulsion from the Academy

Although this list is not intended to be exhaustive, the following infractions shall result in corrective action up to and including immediate expulsion from the Academy:

• unlawful or unethical behavior
• politicking
• theft of any kind
• discussing concerns or complaints with outside entities without having first sought internal resolution

The Executive Director retains the exclusive right to determine reasons and actions for any corrective measures up to and including expulsion from the Academy.

Section 2. Problem Resolution

Academy constituencies must always act ethically, professionally, respectfully, and treat others as we want to be treated. All/Any problems and/or concerns are welcome for discussion and for resolution. Everyone in the Academy shares an open door policy. Problems should first be directly addressed with the other party. Then problems/concerns should be brought to the Executive Director at any time.