That this National Executive Council approves the recommended changes to Regulation 15 (as amended) to be effective December 1, 1986. CARRIED #45-11-86
Regulation 15 now reads:
15.2 (c) Disability shall not include alcoholism or any similar chemical dependency, psychoneurotic or behavioral disorders such as anxiety reactions, hysteria, phobic or obsessive compulsive reactions.
15.7 (a) Notwithstanding section 2(c) above, the Plan may receive benefit applications for disability resulting from alcoholism or similar chemical dependencies, provided:
(i) the member's physician states that the member is disabled as a result of such dependency;
(ii) that the member acknowledges, in writing, such dependency and states a desire to receive appropriate rehabilitation treatment;
(iii) that the bishop and/or the employer agrees to grant the member time for treatment for at least 12 months, if required, with job security and all employee benefits which could include, but not be limited to insurance, health care and dental care.
15.7 (b) If a disability benefit is awarded under this section it shall be for a maximum of 12 months and the Pension Office shall receive a medical report on the rehabilitation program during the seventh month of such benefits and such other times, during the 12 months, as may be requested by the Pension Office.
15.7 (c) No member shall be granted more than one disability benefit under the terms of this section.
"This pamphlet was prepared by a committee of laymen and clergy and attempts to raise questions and begin discussion about the use of alcoholic beverages, in the hope that it may be a guide to Anglicans in their behaviour in these matters". -- p. .
Contents: Alcohol ? -- [Text in the form of 20 questions e.g. "What about the use of wine in the Holy Communion ?"] -- Summary -- Resource List [Books, Pamphlets, Films, Organizations].
The diocese of New Westminster has become the first in Canada to adopt a formal policy and insurance plan for dealing with addicted clergy and staff. The policy points out that alcoholism and some forms of habitual drug abuse are treatable illnesses and advocates a pastoral, rather than punitive, approach.
See also "Beating alcholism saved priest's life" on pp. 1, 8.