Policy Subcommittee


Discusses motions and proposals that amend the Central Atlantic Region Regional Service Committee Guidelines and Rules of Order (G&RO). Advises the RSC officers about the G&RO.


The RSC Chair may commit any motion that amends the G&RO to the Policy Subcommittee for its report and recommendations before permitting discussion or debate of such a motion on the RSC floor. Policy Subcommittee will review a motion committed to it to determine which parts of the G&RO will need to be amended to conform with the intent of the motion. Policy Subcommittee will report on the motion to recommend adoption or rejection of the motion, and to recommend amendments to the motion, if any.

Each February, Policy Subcommittee will issue its annual report, including a revised version of the G&RO as amended by the RSC minutes approved by the RSC. Guideline Motions included in RSC minutes which the RSC has not approved will be attached separately in an Addendum for reference, pending approval of the correlated minutes. Copies of the annual report will be provided to new RSC officers, RCMs and RCM Alternates upon request during the year.

Although the conference strives to be an issue and discussion based event, there are times when business sessions are necessary. After adequate discussions have occurred, the conference formalizes its consensus by taking a vote in a business session. The consensus of the World Service Conference is determined by a majority vote except for those decisions that require a different majority as spelled out in these Rules of Order. All activity of the World Service Conference strives to achieve the spirit of consensus-based decision making.

When conducting business, the World Service Conference utilizes the following WSC Rules of Order, adapted from the latest edition of Robert’s Rules of Order (hereinafter referred to as “Robert’s”). These WSC Rules of Order have been found to meet the general needs of the conference in the process of conducting business of the biennial meeting when they are not in conflict with other conference policies or the principles of NA, including the Twelve Concepts for NA Service.
In cases where the WSC Rules of Order are not comprehensive enough, the latest edition of Robert‟s is used. This use is solely in cases where we have not written our own rules of order. If there is a conflict or discrepancy, WSC procedures take precedence over Robert’s.

The intent of using rules of order is to provide an orderly way to conduct business, to
protect each member’s rights, to protect the WSC’s rights, and to protect the free exercise of debate. If we understand the principles and use the procedures appropriately, the use of parliamentary procedure will enhance, not hinder, the accomplishment of the business of the WSC.

Within the WSC Rules of Order, assembly means the WSC, and member means conference participant. The term facilitator refers to the person facilitating a particular session of the WSC, which for business sessions is typically the presiding Co-facilitator.

The term committee means the World Board unless some extraordinary circumstance and action occurs.

On March 10, 1985, our Region was formed in the spirit of love. We would like to continue our spiritual direction, asking that each member act with respect and love to every other member of this Conference. From our inception, we have worked in the spirit of unanimity. This process allows all members to have their questions, answers and all input heard before votes are taken. This course of action takes time and allows a loving God to express Himself through an informed Group Conscience. We hope to, in all our endeavors, strive to better carry the message in a loving way to the addict who still suffers. With everyone’s help we can still do this, just for today, the NA way.

We are dedicated to be supportive to our Members, our Groups, Areas and Service Committees and their primary purpose so that no addict seeking recovery need die without having the chance to find a better way of life. We are committed to the linking together, within our Region, by helping each other deal with our basic needs and situations and by encouraging the growth of our Fellowship. This Conference is here to serve the basic functions of unifying the Fellowship within our Region, to contribute to carrying the message of recovery through subcommittee actions and to contribute to the growth of NA by initiating work to be finalized at the World Service Conference. We must always remember, as individual Members, Groups and Service Committees, we are not in competition with each other and never should be. We work separately and together to help the newcomer and for our common good. Internal strife cripples our Fellowship and prevents us from providing the services necessary for our growth.

We keep what we have only with vigilance; and just as freedom for the individual comes from the TWELVE STEPS, so freedom for the group springs from our TRADITIONS. As long as the ties that bind
us together are stronger than those that would tear us apart, all will be well.

  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends on NA unity.
  2. For our Group purpose, there is but one ultimate authority – a loving God as He may express Himself in our Group Conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using.
  4. Each Group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other Groups, or NA as a whole.
  5. Each Group has but one primary purpose – to carry the message to the addict who still suffers.
  6. An NA Group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the NA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every NA Group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Narcotics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. NA, as such, ought never be organized, but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. NA has no opinion on outside issues; hence, the NA name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion. We need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.

1. To fulfill our fellowships primary purpose, the NA groups have joined together to create a structure, which develops, coordinates, and maintains services on behalf of NA as a whole.
2. The final responsibility and authority for NA services rest with the NA groups.
3. The NA groups delegate to the service structure the authority necessary to fulfill the responsibilities assigned to it.
4. Effective leadership is highly valued in Narcotics Anonymous. Leadership qualities should be carefully considered when selecting trusted servants.
5. For each responsibility assigned to the service structure a single point of decision and accountability should be clearly defined.
6. Group conscience is the spiritual means in which we invite a loving God to influence our decisions.
7. All members of a service body bear substantial responsibility for that body’s decisions and should be allowed to fully participate in its decision making process.
8. Our service structure depends on the integrity and effectiveness of our communications.
9. All elements of our service structure have the responsibility to carefully consider all view points in the decision making process.
10. Any member of a service body can petition that body for redress of a personal grievance, without fear of reprisal.
11. NA funds are to be used to further our primary purpose and must be managed responsibly.
12. In keeping with the spiritual nature of Narcotics Anonymous, our service structure should always be one of service never of government.

The region will be called the Central Atlantic Region of Narcotics Anonymous.

Quorum shall be five RCMs (does not include new areas)

1. The Central Atlantic Region recommends all Areas planning to divide and/or create a new ASC follow Narcotics Anonymous Guide to Local Service’s chapter on dividing of ASCs.
2. New Areas must show evidence (ASC minutes) of having held three current, consecutive ASC meetings in order to be a recognized area in the Central Atlantic Region. (134th)
3. Areas absent from RSC for one or more years shall no longer be considered “recognized,” shall be removed from the roll call and shall be required to re-qualify per Item 2 above. (134th)

  1. Any attending RCM or RCM Alternate (in the RCM absence) of a recognized area may vote.
  2. The Chair can vote in the case of a tie; only in RSC Procedural Matters.
  3. Voting will be done by unanimous voice vote or a show of hands; or a Roll Call vote when requested by an RCM/RCM-Alternate or an RSC officer. All Group Conscience votes will be Roll Call.
  4. Motions amending the Guidelines and Rules of Order must be passed by 2/3 majority vote. All other motions require a simple majority. (121st)
  5. Any member of NA can make a motion. The motion then must be seconded by an RCM (or RCMAlternate in the RCM’s Absence).
  6. All Main Motions and Amendments must be written.
    1. Motion is submitted to and read by the Secretary.
    2. Chair asks for 2 pros and 2 cons.
    3. Chair asks if there are any questions that are to be directed to the Chair or motion maker only.
    4. Chair asks for secondary motions or amendments:
      1. If there are any, go back to (A).
      2. If there are none, go on to (E).
    5. Chair asks if RCMs are ready to vote. If 2/3 is ready to vote, a vote is taken. If 2/3 are not ready to vote, go back to (C).
  7. Minutes shall include a tally of votes on all motions, reserving a section for Roll Call votes.
  8. No member may make two motions at the same time.
  9. No member may speak on a motion more than once unless others desiring to speak on the motion have exercised their opportunity.
  10. There shall be a time limit on debate by any member. No member may speak longer than three minutes on a motion for each time they are recognized by the Chair to speak. However, the Chair may exercise discretion to extend the time limit when in the Chair’s opinion such action is warranted. To otherwise extend debate, a motion (Extend or Limit Debate) must be adopted.
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