Illinois Counseling Services/ EAPs: What you need to know

Human resources generalists, as well as employee assistance program (EAP) counselors, managers, and directors, can keep abreast of the issues related to EAPs by joining a chapter of the Employee Assistance Professional Association (EAPA). These groups also provide guidance to employers that have not yet set up EAPs in their own companies.
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There are currently three local chapters of the EAPA for Illinois employers. The Northern Illinois chapter has its own website, http://www.nieapa.org. There is also a Central Illinois chapter and an Illowa chapter, which covers parts of both Iowa and Illinois. Contact information (phone and e-mail) for these chapters’ officers is available on the EAPA website http://www.eapa.info/ChaptBranch/chaplocate.htm. Meanwhile, Illinois employers may obtain information about setting up or belonging to a regional group by contacting:
Employee Assistance Professionals Association, Inc.
4350 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 410
Arlington, VA 22203
703-522-4585 (fax)
The state of Illinois offers an EAP to employees and their eligible dependents. The EAP is voluntary and confidential and provides problem identification, counseling, and referral services. EAP counselors provide confidential assistance with issues such as anger management, family/parenting issues, grief/loss, problems with alcohol or drugs, stress, conflict at work or home, and others. Management consultation is available when an employee’s personal problems are causing a decline in work performance. If an employee is referred for additional services for help beyond the scope of services provided by the EAP, the employee is responsible for applicable ...

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