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Employee Assistance Program

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NEW: Support During the Pandemic 
 
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers free, voluntary, and confidential consultation and assistance to help employees and their immediate family members resolve difficulties that may be affecting their personal life or job performance.

EAP services include initial evaluation and assessment, treatment planning, short-term counseling (up to six sessions), referrals to outside resources, and follow-up. The EAP also provides workshops and information on a variety of wellness topics, such as concussions, suicide, and healthy food choices.

Anything that is causing difficulties in an individual’s personal or work life is appropriate for the EAP. Employees and their family members can talk with an EAP counselor about alcohol and drug use, financial difficulties, grief, marital and family conflict, anxiety, depression, or anything else that’s preventing them from being and doing their best. No issue is too small or too serious.

Services provided directly by the EAP are free of charge. There are times when a referral to an outside resource is recommended by the EAP or requested by the employee or family member. In these cases, the individual is responsible for the cost of services, although their health insurance may cover some or all of the costs. Ability to pay for additional services will always be considered when an outside referral is made.

To make an appointment, employees and their family members can call 1-800-EAP-8746 or 315-471-1361 to speak with an EAP Coordinator. An appointment will be scheduled at the earliest possible convenience. Day and evening appointment times are available depending on one’s needs and schedule. The Ithaca EAP Office is in the Boardman House in downtown Ithaca. The EAP also has offices in Cortland and Syracuse.

All contact with the EAP is confidential to the fullest degree provided by the law. An employee’s involvement in the program is not disclosed to their employer or anyone else. However, absolute confidentiality does not apply to child abuse, court orders, or threats to the safety of individuals.

To learn more, visit the EAP website.


Support During the Pandemic

To all staff and family of our participating districts-

There is widespread anxiety about COVID-19, which is common in the case of epidemics and pandemics. There are still uncertainties about this disease which also fuels anxiety and panic. Current or anticipated disruptions in day-to-day life, such as quarantine of self or loved ones, travel plan cancellations and school closures also fuels these feelings. Many people are experiencing mood problems, sleep issues, phobia and spikes in symptoms for pre-existing mental health disorders like obsessive-compulsive disorder.  We are sensitive to these concerns and want to do whatever we can to help you and your family navigate this uncharted territory as effectively as possible.

Our EAP counselors can help you find constructive ways to manage this anxiety and any other concerns you may have. In addition, our staff can help parents and guardians communicate with their children about COVID-19 and allay anxiety they may have regarding the disease and its impacts.

In order to best assist you and minimize risk to both our staff and clients, we will limit person-to-person contact whenever possible during this time. Therefore, we will make arrangements with you to connect with us for teletherapy sessions and consultation if a face-to-face appointment is not prudent. Additionally, all scheduled workshops through April 14, 2020 will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date if possible. We will get through this together.

You can reach us as always at the following numbers: (315) 471-1361 or (800) EAP-8764

Stay safe and be well,
Your EAP Coordinators


Monthly Wellness Topic: Healthy Weight

This month, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is offering information on topics related to maintaining a healthy weight. if you would like to receive any of the information offered, return this form to the EAP. To view all monthly wellness topics, visit the EAP website.


 

Spring 2020 Workshops

  • March 10: NYS Employee Retirement System Overview at OCM BOCES-Main Campus, Liverpool, NY
  • March 18: Diets Are Dumb at Madison Oneida BOCES, Verona, NY
  • March 24: Don't Sweat the Small Stuff at Boynton Middle School, Ithaca, NY
  • March 31: Kiss That Frog: Turning Negatives Into Positives at Liverpool Public Library, Liverpool, NY
  • April 14: Eat That Frog: Get More Done in Less Time at OCM BOCES-Cortlandville Campus (McEvoy) Cortland, NY 
  • April 21: Brain Games: Staying Sharp at Any Age or Stage at CITI/Oswego BOCES, Mexico, NY  
  • April 28: Caregiver Camp: Care for the Caregiver at Prevention Network, Syracuse NY
All programs are from 4:30-6:00 p.m. (with the exception of the ERS Overview which runs from 5:00-6:30) and are FREE for employees and their family members/guests to attend. If you would like to bring a guest, please indicate that on your registration.

You can register in the following ways:

  1. Send an email to Michelle Stolicker, EAP Supervisor at  eap@ocmboces.org  with the workshop title in the subject line and your contact information (name, school district, preferred phone number and email) in the body of the message.
  2. Call Michelle with the above registration information.  She can be reached at (315) 471-1361 option 1 or (315) 952-6388.
  3. Download the attached form (also available on the EAP website www.ocmboces.org/eap ) and send it via BOCES or US mail.

Please note: If you have a small group within your district that is interested in a  specific program, Michelle can bring it directly to you at a day and time that works for your group! Give her a call or email her to set a date.