District of Columbia Counseling Services/ EAPs laws & HR compliance analysis

District of Columbia 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 EAPA. These groups also provide guidance to employers that have not yet set up EAPs in their own companies.
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There is currently one local chapter of the EAPA in the District of Columbia, available online at http://www.dceapa.org. Meanwhile, District of Columbia 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
703-387-1000
703-522-4585 (fax)
The District of Columbia offers an EAP as a benefit for its employees. The EAP provides confidential counseling and referral services for emotional, professional, or financial problems. The EAP is staffed by nongovernment agency professionals through COPE, Inc. For more information call 202-628-5240 or 800-841-7406 or go to http://cope-inc.com.
Every federal agency has an EAP that provides free, confidential, short-term counseling to identify employee problems (including alcohol and drug problems) and, when appropriate, make a referral to an outside organization, facility, or program that can assist the employee in resolving his or her problem. It is the employee's responsibility to follow through with this referral, and it is also the employee's responsibility to make the necessary financial arrangements for this treatment, as with any other medical condition.

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