Pennsylvania Counseling Services/ EAPs laws & HR compliance analysis

Pennsylvania 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 Professionals Association (EAPA). These groups also provide guidance to employers that have not yet set up employee assistance programs in their own companies.
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There are currently three local chapters of the EAPA in Pennsylvania. The Greater Philadelphia chapter has its own website, http://www.phillyeap.org, as does the Pittsburgh chapter, http://www.eapa.net/pittsburgh. Contact information (phone and e-mail) for the Keystone chapter’s officers is available on the EAPA website athttp://www.eapa.info. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania 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)
Pennsylvania offers a free State Employee Assistance Program (SEAP) to state employees and their family members. SEAP offers services in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, family, and financial issues as well as legal services and mediation. In addition, SEAP can provide critical incident stress debriefings and other on-site services to assist employees in dealing with emotional stress resulting from traumatic workplace incidents. Managers can receive consultation from SEAP by calling 800-662-9206. The number for the SEAP referral line is 800-692-7459.
More information about the SEAP is available at http://www.portal.state.pa.us.

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