Prime Directive

I am deliberate in my interactions; everything will be done with:




the reflection of our commitment to fairness, diversity and meaningfulness through advocacy, rights and choice


consistency of actions in an environment of trust, collaboration and honesty


recognizing the importance of dignity and empathy in our search for safety and understanding


challenge thinking
learn more
do better


History of the Prime Directive

In early 2017 a conference presentation was booked to help establish a common philosophy that could be independent of individual agency Mission Statements, policy, Standard Operating Proceduress etc., one that had the support of NSRAA membership.

The Prime Directive was chosen as a name following a theme that was first quoted in the 1930’s which became popular during the Star Trek series.

The Prime Directive was achieved by 89 members of NSRAA including 32 agencies. The result is a statement of beliefs that can stand on its own.

Each word was chosen with care. All choices reflected apply to people. The principles are universal.

It is loyal to Quality of Life issues that are common in this sector. It supports behavioral approaches, individual goals, and performance appraisals.

By only reading the Prime Directive and the concepts by themselves, the person reading them will have a very good idea of what is expected. By reading the concepts and the conviction behind them, the purpose of each one as it relates to the Prime Directive is much clearer. It can be the basis for decision-making. With it we can question and hopefully direct a variety of outcomes, e.g., is it/are they (the decisions) in keeping with our Prime Directive.

The acronym made by the four principles of the Prime Directive is R.I.C.K. The question can be: what would R.I.C.K. do? It is a simple memory tool to remind everyone of the principles of the Prime Directive

Is it possible for example will NSRAA be able to prevent harsh treatment possibly even potential abuse because R.I.C.K. was followed? If not able to prevent, is it possible to say that because R.I.C.K. was not followed that is what lead to the mistakes.

ONLS supports the NSRAA position of how we support individuals within our organization using R.I.C.K.