County May Get Employee-help Program
Posted in the Ticonderoga Forum
#1 Feb 6, 2013
They have thought up something new for YOU TO PAY FOR:
"State and county workers in Essex County could get services soon from a local office of the State Employee Assistance Program."
#2 Feb 6, 2013
I actually read the article. This program is not new, all this does s make it easier for those people to find out how to get help, and it looks like the board is making sure it doesn't cost the county hardly anything. And the program is cost effective.
aboutEAP( http://worklife.ny.gov/eap/history.html ):
History of EAP
Since 1917, employee assistance programs (EAPs) have provided support and assistance to employees who have work performance problems that result from some type of personal problem.
R.M. Macy and Co. and the Northern State Power Company were the first to recognize the need and to establish EAPs. Most EAPs began in the 1940s with employer concerns about alcoholism among white-collar workers. Gradually these programs evolved and began treating mental, emotional, and financial problems, and those problems caused by alcohol and drug use.
The tremendous growth in EAPs, however, began in the early 1970s. In 1972, the Occupational Programs Office of the Federal Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism offered federal grants to help increase the number of programs (BNA Special Report - 1987).
The first EAP in New York State was initiated in April 1976 at nine work sites within the Mid- Hudson region of the New York State Department of Mental Hygiene. Funding for this pilot project was provided by a grant from the New York State Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse to the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA). The program provided referral, education, training, and follow-up activities for employees. During its first 15 months of operation, 1,800 individuals were served.
During the next five years, the EAP concept spread rapidly to many other departments and agencies, including: Correctional Services, Law, Audit and Control, Office of General Services, Labor, and the State University. By 1982, more than 12,000 State employees and their families had received referrals from local EAP Coordinators. At that time, it was estimated that more than 15,000 would be assisted annually once the EAP network was fully operating in all State agencies. In fact, as of the end of 1996, more than 35,000 referrals per year were occuring, plus an additional 60,000 contacts for information and follow up.
A commitment to the program was solidified in 1983 when New York State, CSEA, PEF, UUP, and Council 82 of AFSCME formed the Statewide Employee Assistance Program to oversee the growth of this initiative.
#3 Feb 6, 2013
And if you're in the dreaded private sector you are S.O.L.! You won't get access to all this gravy.....just the BILL for it!
#4 Feb 6, 2013
Come off it, lots of private sector people have access to this sort of stuff and ignore it. WHAT I CUT, PASTED AND POSTED EXPLAINS THAT IT STARTED IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR! Here, IP and even Wal-mart has EAPs. If you work in a place that has a lunch room there's probably an EAP.
#5 Feb 6, 2013
Your disability check isn't the private sector.
Your breath smells like a summers day down at the docks.
#6 Feb 6, 2013
People ignore it because they know they can be fired for performance issues whether they are at fault or NOT. In a union protected State, County or Fed job it's almost impossible to be fired for ANY reason !
#7 Feb 6, 2013
You are a vile creature, but I am stunned you can count to two.
#8 Feb 6, 2013
While it is "nice," if corporations wish to spend their own money on such programs, the state/county should NOT be.
Remember, WE NEED TO LIVE WITHIN OUR MEANS. Our = taxpayers.
FYI, I have worked all over this country. Government jobs, non-profits (big and small), corporate jobs, mom & pop shops. The only places where EAP's were in place were very large corporations and state agencies.(I read the fine print.)
So "Spike," is right this time. It sucks to be the taxpayer, again.
#9 Feb 7, 2013
So true. The definition of "initiative" is bend over taxpayers.
However, I DO support mental health care for government workers. Wow!
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