Vermont Counseling Services/ EAPs laws & HR compliance analysis

Vermont 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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Although Vermont has not yet established a chapter, all Vermont employers are welcome in the Granite State (New Hampshire) chapter (http://www.eapa.info ), and the Western New England Chapter (http://www.eapa.info) accepts employers in the southern part of the state. Vermont 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)
Vermont state employees and their family members are provided the free use of an EAP. The Vermont EAP — administered by INVEST EAP (a regional EAP with numerous locations throughout Vermont) offers confidential assistance with personal problems, including conflicts and tension, eating disorders, family and relationship problems, financial or legal concerns, balancing work and home, depression, and alcohol or drug problems.
The program provides up to five sessions of counseling. If more than five sessions are needed, the EAP counselor will help the employee (or his or her family member) switch to an insurance-based service. Employees or family members seeking assistance will have complete confidentiality.
Vermont state employees can access the EAP by calling 888-834-2830, available 24 hours a day, or by going to www.vtstate.investeap.org.
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