Purpose of a Hospitals and Institutions Committee
The sole purpose of a Hospitals and Institutions (H&I) Committee is to carry the message of Cocaine Anonymous to those in Hospitals and Institutions. Institutions served may include, but are not limited to: correctional facilities, sanitariums, detoxification units, juvenile detention centers, half-way houses, and shelters; either governmental or private. Confinement may be voluntary or involuntary.
The Committee is organized under the Ninth Tradition of Cocaine Anonymous, which states: “C.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.” C.A. H&I meetings are held at the invitation of the Hospital or Institution, ever mindful of the admonition “Cooperation, not Affiliation!”
What are Hospitals and Institutional Meetings?
There is a distinct difference between H&I meetings and regular C.A. Meetings.
H&I meetings are often restricted to patients or residents only, and not open to the community as a whole. These meetings are brought into facilities by local C.A. members through the H&I Committee. H&I Meetings are basically beginners meetings; with the chairperson of each meeting providing the speakers. They are not usually listed in the area or world directory; and they do not observe the 7th Tradition. Certain facilities may require H&I participants to be subject to sobriety requirements, dress and conduct codes.
I am interested in getting involved…
For details of;
- H&I Committee Meeting Dates/Times, please refer to the Committee Meetings page.
- H&I Committee Service Positions currently available, please refer to the Service Positions page.
- H&I Committee Guidelines and Information
- To contact the H&I Committee Chairperson;
- Email: email@example.com
I would like to donate to the ‘white tin’…
The 7th Tradition reminds us that we are fully self supporting through our own contributions. The ‘white tin’ is to support the H&I Committee of C.A. Wales area. It goes towards purchasing Big Books for addicts confined in Hospitals and Institutions.
Please use this link to donate to the ‘White Tin’.
(only open to C.A. members as under Tradition 7 we are fully self supporting, declining outside contributions)