SOUND OFF INC.
BATTLE BUDDY SERVICES AGREEMENT
This Agreement (the “Agreement”) is made and entered into this _________ day of ____________________, 20___, (the “Effective Date”) by and between Sound Off, Inc., a Texas nonprofit corporation, (“Company”) and ________________________________, whose address is __________________ (“Battle Buddy” or “you”). Company and Battle Buddy may be referred to in this Agreement collectively as “the Parties” and singularly as a “Party.”
- Company operates a program for veterans and active duty military service members (“Users”) to obtain on-line peer support services (the “Services”) from persons who have served or are currently serving in the United States armed services and have received training in peer support services (referred to as “Battle Buddies”) by means of a mobile application that has been developed and will be maintained by the Company (the “Application”);
- Battle Buddy identified herein has served or is currently serving in the United States armed services and has received or will pursue training in peer support services validated by the Company;
- Company wishes to contract with Battle Buddy to provide the Services to Users in accordance with applicable state and federal laws; and
- Battle Buddy desires to provide the Services to Users in accordance with the terms and conditions of this Agreement.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and mutual agreements contained in this Agreement, the Parties, intending to be legally bound, agree as follows:
- Duties and Obligations of Battle Buddy
1.1 Services; Crisis Situations. Battle Buddy shall provide Services to Users by means of the Application through the mobile application on an anonymous basis. Battle Buddy agrees not to request or require the name, age, gender, address or any other identifying information from the User, except under the circumstances discussed below. Battle Buddy shall provide Services to Users only through the Company Application unless the User specifically and voluntarily requests communication in another manner or asks to be seen in person by Battle Buddy. Battle Buddy shall arrange a schedule for the Services, including the frequency and duration of the communications between Battle Buddy and User, directly with the User based on the Battle Buddy’s judgment and specific needs of the User. Should you as Battle Buddy agree to provide services to a User in person or by means other than through the anonymous online Services arrangements offered by the Company’s Application, which you are entirely free to do in the exercise of your judgment and/or as an accommodation to the perceived needs of such User, then you must discontinue providing any Services thereafter through the Company’s Application to such User and advise such User that such User’s arrangement for services thereafter shall be only directly with you as Battle Buddy and that User’s relationship with the Company shall be thereafter terminated; you agree that under no circumstance will you disclose to the Company any such personally identifying information obtained by you as Battle Buddy concerning such a User. Furthermore, you will notate in the Application that your relationship with that User has been discontinued on the Application and will be continued by other means.
Should Battle Buddy in the course of providing Services to any User encounter a crisis situation in which the Battle Buddy determines based upon the training you have received that there is a probability of imminent physical injury by such User to himself or herself or others or there is a probability of immediate mental or emotional injury to such User, you as Battle Buddy shall exercise your own judgment with respect to such crisis situation, including as to whether and when it becomes appropriate to attempt to elicit personally identifiable information concerning the User (“PII”), contact information of the User, or User’s location, and/or to report such elicited PII information to law enforcement authorities or medical personnel geographically nearer the User, and/or whether to particularly direct or recommend that such User directly access the Veterans’ Administration crisis line link contained within the Application where you as Battle Buddy in the exercise of your judgment and applying your training believe that any one or more of such measures are appropriate or mandated by your ethical or legal responsibilities.
1.2 Battle Buddy’s Affiliated Entities and Agreements. In the event that Battle Buddy is employed by or in any other way affiliated with and performing Services of the type contracted for hereunder on behalf of any entity (a “Battle Buddy’s Affiliated Entity”) with which the Company has a direct organization-to-organization agreement (the “Battle Buddy’s Affiliated Entity Agreement”) for the provision of counseling services of the type contemplated hereby, the terms of such Battle Buddy’s Affiliated Entity Agreement shall control to the extent otherwise inconsistent herewith and each Party hereby in such case undertakes to strictly comply in all respects with such Battle Buddy’s Affiliated Entity Agreement.
1.3 Quality. Battle Buddy shall provide all Services to Users in compliance with all applicable state, federal and local laws and regulations. Battle Buddy shall exercise independent judgment when providing Services.
1.4 Qualifications. You as Battle Buddy represents that you have received training in peer support services acceptable to Company and agree to provide Company with proof of same, upon request. Battle Buddy shall provide Company with other pertinent documentation as reasonably requested by Company, including, but not limited to, the following: background checks, copies of any professional licenses, if any, or training certifications, proof of competency, and education and experience. Battle Buddy shall immediately notify Company in the event of any limitation, suspension or termination of any license, certificate or permit required for Battle Buddy to provide Services to Users pursuant to this Agreement.
1.5 Payment. All Services provided by Battle Buddy to Users pursuant to this Agreement and the Application shall be free to the User. Neither Company nor User shall have any financial obligation to Battle Buddy or to any Battle Buddy’s Affiliated Entity for the performance of Services or for any other purpose.
1.6 Documentation; Surveys. Battle Buddy shall maintain complete and accurate documentation of all Services provided to Users. Battle Buddy shall prepare such documentation in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, and Company policies and procedures. Battle Buddy’s records of Services provided to Users shall remain the property of Battle Buddy or, as applicable, any Battle Buddy’s Affiliated Entity. Battle Buddy shall also complete and provide to the Company such survey information (which will be designed not to elicit personal identifying information concerning Users) with respect to Battle Buddy’s counseling of and interaction with Users as the Company may reasonably require from time to time.
1.7 Legal Compliance. Battle Buddy shall provide Services to Users pursuant to this Agreement in compliance with all applicable laws.
Furthermore, Battle Buddy acknowledges that the Company has expended substantial time, effort and funds to create the Application and to provide the services that are available on or through the Application. Sound Off reserves all rights to the Application. Battle Buddy understands and agrees that the Company owns or has been licensed by third parties to use all right, title, and interest in and to the Application and all information, text, data, software, and other materials contained therein, and the compilation, collection, design, selection, and arrangement thereof. Battle Buddy acknowledges that the Application contains valuable proprietary information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other proprietary rights and laws of the United States and that Battle Buddy acquires no ownership interest or rights by accessing and using the Application.
- Duties and Obligations of Company
2.1 Maintenance of Application. Company shall establish and maintain a mobile Application through which the User may obtain and the Battle Buddy may provide Services.
2.3 Company Insurance Coverage. The Company will at all times maintain an E&O liability insurance policy with aggregate $5 million coverage, and the Company will provide coverage to clinicians and Battle Buddy non-professional peer counselors as additional named insureds thereon and shall provide Battle Buddy with proof of same upon execution of this Agreement and periodically as requested.
3.2 Injunctive Relief. If any action is brought by Company for Battle Buddy’s violation of Section 3.1 of this Agreement, Battle Buddy agrees that because of the immediate and irreparable injury that would be sustained by Company if such violation were to continue, an order may be entered enjoining Battle Buddy from violating any such covenant, either temporarily, preliminarily or as part of a final judgment, all without a requirement that Company post bond. Company’s application for injunctive relief will not prejudice any other claim or cause of action that it or its assignees may pursue by reason of the violation of these covenants, nor will it prejudice Company’s right to maintain any other claim or cause of action under this Agreement.
3.3 Survival. The terms of this Section 3 shall survive termination of this Agreement.
- Indemnification. Battle Buddy agrees to indemnify and hold harmless and defend Company, its directors, officers, employees, volunteers, and agents from and against any and all claims, suits, damages, fines, penalties, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs) resulting from or arising out of any claimed willful or negligent act or omission of Battle Buddy or the Battle Buddy’s Affiliated Entity, if any, and their own respective employees and affiliates pertaining to the Party’s performance under this Agreement. This indemnification provision shall survive termination or expiration of the Agreement. The terms of this Section 5 shall survive termination of this Agreement.
- Term and Termination.
6.1 Term. This Agreement shall commence on the Effective Date and shall continue until terminated as provided in Section 6.2.
6.2 Termination. This Agreement may be terminated by the Company at any time and for any reason upon written notice to the Battle Buddy. This Agreement may be terminated at any time and for any reason by the Battle Buddy but only upon written notice from the Battle Buddy to the Company given at least thirty (30) days prior to the intended date of termination. In addition, this Agreement shall terminate immediately upon the breach by Battle Buddy of your obligation of confidentiality.
- General Terms
7.1 Independent Contractors. It is expressly agreed and understood by Company and Battle Buddy that Battle Buddy, by entering into and performing your obligations under this Agreement, is an independent contractor. Nothing in this Agreement or the actions of the Parties shall be construed to characterize the relationship between the Parties as that of employer/employee, partnership or co-venture, or agency. Company shall treat Battle Buddy as an independent contractor for all purposes, including control over the Services delivered by Battle Buddy, federal or state tax purposes, if any, and workers’ compensation laws. Battle Buddy shall be solely responsible for all filings and reports required for Battle Buddy to make relating the Services performed pursuant to this Agreement.
7.2 Entire Agreement; Coordination with Battle Buddy’s Affiliated Entity Agreement. This Agreement shall constitute the entire agreement between the Parties and supersedes all prior oral or written agreements or understandings, subject if applicable to the provisions of any Battle Buddy’s Affiliated Entity Agreement pursuant to Section 1.2 hereof. The Agreement may be modified or amended only in a writing signed by the Parties.
7.3 Assignment. This Agreement may not be assigned in whole or in part by either Party without prior written consent by the other Party.
7.4 Nondiscrimination. Battle Buddy shall not discriminate in the provision of Services on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, color, disability or other basis prohibited by law. Further, Battle Buddy shall respect Users’ rights, as set forth under applicable law and regulations, in providing Services.
7.5 Controlling Law. The rights and obligations of the Parties under this Agreement, and any claims or disputes relating to the Agreement, shall be governed by the laws of Texas.
7.6 Partial Invalidity. Each provision of this Agreement shall be deemed independent and terminable. The exclusion of any provision herein found to be invalid or illegal shall not affect enforcement of the remaining provisions of the Agreement.
7.7 Notices. Any notice required or permitted under this Agreement shall be in writing addressed to the Parties and sent to the addresses provided in this Agreement.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the Parties or their duly authorized representatives have executed this Agreement on the date first set forth above.
SOUND OFF, INC. BATTLE BUDDY
By: _______________________________ By: ______________________________