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HR Policy 211.07 Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Policy Statement

It is the policy of the California Maritime Academy to provide a free and confidential counseling and referral service to eligible employees and their household members.

Principles

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services are intended to assist with work and life issues that may be interfering with an employee's effective job performance.   Problems may be related to relationships, family, finances, job stress, legal issues, and alcohol/drug usage.  Referrals may also be related to childcare, senior care, debt management, and health management.

  • Services may include assessment and evaluation, information and referral, short-term counseling, consultation and education; crisis intervention; wellness workshops.
  • Generally, employees appointed halftime or more for six months or more, and their household members, are eligible for services.  In addition, all faculty who are eligible for health and welfare benefits under AB211, are also eligible for services for themselves and their household.
  • Services are free.
  • Services are confidential as governed by State and Federal regulations.  Information discussed within sessions is kept confidential and is not discussed with anyone without the client's written permission, except under the following circulstances:  Reasonable suspicion of child or elder abuse, danger of violence to another, harm to him/herself, or if ordered by a court subpoena.

Services are completely separate from any personnel process.  Participation neither affects future employment or advancement, nor guarantees protection from disciplinary action for substandard performance.

Procedure:

Currently, CMA contracts with Managed Health Network (MHN), a Health Net Company, EAP services.  Eligible employees or their household members may access services 24-hours a day, 365 days a year by calling (800) 227-1060 or online at www.members.mhn.com (company code:  CalMaritime).  EAP brochures are also available though the Human Resources Office.