FAQ’s About the Westchester County Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
If you are employed by Westchester County, we offer assessment and referrals for:
- Alcohol and substance abuse
- Family issues
- Financial counseling
- Health and wellness
- Mental health services
- Stress management
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is the Westchester County Employee Assistance Program (EAP)?
The EAP is a confidential assessment and referral program designed to help you manage personal and work related problems. The EAP is part of the benefit package that is funded by your employer. Although the EAP is not a treatment program, short-term counseling may be available to you through the EAP if it is appropriate to your circumstances.
2. Who can use the EAP?
EAP services are available to you and to members of your immediate family. You may contact EAP for assistance as many times as needed throughout your employment.
3. How do I access EAP services?
There are several convenient ways to access our services:
By phone: call (914) 995-6070 during standard business hours.
you can contact us at email@example.com and get a response by the next business day. (E-mailing may not
be confidential and if you are interested in maintaining confidentiality it is best to contact us by phone).
4. Will my employer know if I use your services?
If you refer yourself to the EAP your contacts are totally confidential. (In accordance with applicable state laws, exceptions must be made for certain reports of child abuse or your safety or the safety of others.) If your supervisor mandates you to the EAP the content of your sessions with an EAP counselor remain confidential but your supervisor will know that you are attending EAP (see #8).
5. What is the cost for using the EAP?
There is no cost to you or your eligible family members for using our professional services at any time.
EAP counselors may refer you to outside services depending on your situation. In that case, you may have to pay for those services. Your EAP counselor will fully explain options to you.
6. What should I expect when I make an appointment with an EAP counselor?
When you come to the EAP you will meet with a counselor who has a graduate degree in social work or psychology. The counselor will have years of experience working directly with people who are seeking to alleviate problems in their personal or professional lives. During your first appointment, the counselor will ask you about the situation that brought you to the EAP, and how you are coping at work, at home and
with others. When the counselor feels he or she has a good understanding of your concerns, you will be provided with feedback, information and/or suggestions. The counselor will work with you to develop a plan for resolving your concerns.
7. What kinds of recommendations could be made?
After an assessment, an EAP counselor may recommend that you receive some type of counseling or treatment from a clinician in the community. The EAP maintains a large network of providers including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, substance abuse programs, support groups and other treatment programs. EAP counselors can facilitate referrals to providers within any insurance plan. A counselor may also refer you to other
resources, which include but are not limited to areas such as childcare, eldercare, legal, financial, and housing. When a referral is made outside the EAP, you are responsible for any costs related to utilizing these resources.
8. What is a supervisory referral?
Sometimes employees are told to speak with someone at EAP because they are having problems on the worksite. Employees that are mandated to EAP by their supervisors will have an appointment scheduled with an EAP counselor. At the first meeting, information will be gathered to gain an understanding of the problems leading to the supervisory referral. Employees will be asked to sign a release of information that allows the EAP to notify the
supervisor that you have followed through on the referral and that you are compliant with the EAP recommendations. No further information will be shared by EAP staff without a release of information signed by the employee.
9. What if I don’t want to attend EAP?
Employees who have been referred by their supervisors have the right to refuse EAP intervention and not accept the referral to EAP or, once at EAP, not to accept the intervention discussed. In cases where employees refuse EAP intervention the supervisor will be informed of their decision.
10. How long will I be involved with EAP?
Clients that are self-referred to EAP are followed by EAP only as long as needed. Once referrals are made and the problem is near to being resolved the case will be closed. If you are a supervisory referral and accept EAP intervention you will be involved with EAP until the problem is resolved.
All supervisors and managers are encouraged to use the EAP as a resource, for themselves and for their employees. Supervisors are in a key position to advise employees of help available to them through the EAP. Our EAP staff can consult with supervisors on the best methods to inform and refer employees who may benefit from EAP services.
The Manager’s Role
The manager is the key to success for any employee assistance program. It is the supervisor’s responsibility to recognize work performance issues, to observe personal behaviors, which may predict future job performance problems, and to respond appropriately.
For additional information, please contact:
Sabrina Johnson Chandler, SPHR
Director, Human Resources
(914) 606 6880