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Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Policy

DEPT: Human Resources
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GOAL

To provide professional consultation and referrals for personal situations which have or may have an adverse impact on personal lives and/or work performance.

POLICY

Cottage Health System sponsors an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which provides referrals and short-term counseling (up to 4 sessions) at no cost to the participant. Participation in the EAP is confidential, unless the participant demonstrates intent to commit, or has committed illegal acts or is a threat to him/herself or others.

ELIGIBILITY

All CHS employees and their immediate family members, domestic partner, and/or significant other are eligible immediately from date of hire.

PROCEDURE

Self- Referrals

  • Eligible participants may self-refer to the EAP.
  • The EAP will provide assessment and referrals and, when appropriate, provide short-term counseling (up to 4 sessions).

Supervisory Referrals

  • An employee may be referred to the EAP by his/her supervisor or other authorized CHS representative.
  • If the referral is due to documented poor job performance or a behavioral performance in the workplace, the EAP will provide confirmation of counseling session participation to CHS.
  • Participation and compliance with the recommendations of the EAP may be required as part of constructive counseling, or in conjunction with formal performance improvement action plan to correct a behavioral problem in the workplace. Failure to comply with program requirements may result in further disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Mental Health Benefits

  • Employees and/or dependents covered under the CHS Medical Plan are encouraged to contact an EAP representative for information about the mental health/chemical dependency benefits

COTTAGE HEALTH SYSTEM POLICY

RECOMMENDED BY: Diana Lovan DATE: 9/11
ORIGINAL POLICY EFFECTIVE DATE: 1/01
APPROVED BY: P Ryan DATE: 12/11
DATE REVISED: 5/06, 9/11 DATE REVIEWED: 5/02, 5/03, 12/08, 12/11