About North Carolina Chemical Injury Network...

The North Carolina Chemical Injury Network (NCCIN) was founded because there was no North Carolina organization that was dedicated exclusively to providing support for NC chemically affected people. NCCIN is a Organizing effort in Progress.

Members will have access to the following services: counseling, advice, referrals to appropriate medical and legal practitioners, and introductions to other members for mutual support. It is a North Carolina organization operated by volunteers with State and area representatives. Support volunteers will not offer medical diagnosis to an individual Chemically Injured member.

Essentially NCCIN is a support network for the chemically affected. The aims and objectives of the organization are as follows:

  1. Existing Support groups may continue with their own independence and identity and be part of the statewide organization. Each Group may choose their representative.
  2. Counsel, advise and refer chemical injury victims who are members of NCCIN to sympathetic professionals.
  3. Introduce members to each other for mutual support.
  4. Procure and exchange information about relevant matters.
  5. Raise awareness of problems faced by chemically Injured victims.
  6. Educate and publicize in order to limit the spread of chemically induced illness.
  7. Work at all levels to advance the interests of the chemically Injured.
  8. Publish and circulate a newsletter when appropriate.
  9. Implement any measures which the Advisory Committee may approve from time to time to advance the interests of members.
  10. Continue to seek new members.
  11. Solicit funding from sources approved by Advisory Committee. No grants, gifts, funds or other contributions will be accepted from any source which may compromise the independence, integrity and objectives of NCCIN.
  12. Guest Speakers will not be expect or be given favoritism
  13. No Medical Professional will knowingly be recommended who ignores, fails to refer a patient to a recognized expert or treats the chemically injured patient as a controversial subject. ("All in your head" is not a diagnosis).
  14. Any matters pertaining to NCCIN, particularly membership lists will not be disclosed to anyone who is not a member without the consent of the Advisory Committee. Anyone's name requesting anonymous membership (no exceptions) will be held in confidence.

NCCIN will maintain an ongoing watch on the situation of NC chemical victims. While it is true that there is still a great deal of resistance to recognizing chemically induced illness as a legitimate complaint by vested interests (insurers, "insurance medical specialists", employers, "Paid Experts" etc.), it is also a fact that great progress has been made where recognition by governments and their agencies has led to new precedents being established in the treatment and support of the chemically injured.

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