What is an Employee Assistance Program?
Your Employee Assistance Program is a free, voluntary, strictly confidential, professional assessment, short-term counseling and referral service.
The goal of your EAP is to help employees and family members with personal concerns that may affect their job performance or personal well-being.
What types of problems can an EAP help solve?
These human problems may include relationship struggles, grief, financial or legal concerns, emotional stress or problems caused by alcohol or other drug abuse. This is a partial list.
When a job performance problem occurs, your supervisor may encourage the use of the Employee Assistance Program.
But aren't these personal problems?
Yes, these are personal problems - until they begin to affect the employee's job performance or family life.
If left unsolved, these problems can affect the morale of co-workers and the overall effectiveness of the organization.
The confidential assistance you can receive through your Employee Assistance Program is designed to prevent these problems from becoming more serious.
Why is this program needed?
Progressive organizations such as yours provide the Employee Assistance Program to their employees and family members because they care about their employees.
It is proven that addressing even the slightest concern can reduce absenteeism, imporve productivity and morale, and reduce the use of health insurance.
How do I contact MaineGeneral EAP?
Please contact MaineGeneral EAP by calling (207) 877-7889 or toll-free (888) 496-5701.
EAP staff are available to answer questions and make appointments weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We offer flexible hours to accommodate an array of schedules.
Will my call be kept confidential?
Absolutely! Confidentiality is the most important aspect of EAP. The discussion of the problem is strictly between you and the EAP counselor.
Neither your employer nor your co-workers will have any knowledge of your use of the program.
Who will pay for the cost of services?
The EAP sessions are free to employees and their family members living in their household or who are dependents.
If further assistance is necessary, your regular health insurance and/or other benefits will be considered.
If you need other services that are not covered by insurance, your EAP counselor will try to minimize the cost by making referrals to the most appropriate resource.
These expenses will be your responsibility.
When applicable, sick leave, vacation time or leave of absence may be used.