Kansas Counseling Services/ EAPs laws & HR compliance analysis

Kansas 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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Currently, there are two local chapters of the EAPA in Kansas. Contact information for the Kansas City and Mid-America chapters is available on the EAPA website at http://www.eapa.info/chaptbranch/chaplocate.htm. Meanwhile, Kansas 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
An EAP is available as a benefit to Kansas state employees and their family members living in the same household or dependent children. The program is voluntary, confidential, and free. It provides information, short-term counseling, advice, and referrals from licensed professionals. The EAP is available for employees who have issues such as marriage and relationship concerns, family and parenting questions, domestic violence, emotional stress-related issues, alcohol and drug problems, grief and loss, work-related concerns, and others. It also offers personal money management assistance, a life-coaching program, eldercare information and referral, and childcare information and referral.
EAP counselors are available at 1-888-275-1205 (option 7). For more information, visit the Kansas Department of Health at www.kdheks.gov/hcf.

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