Somebody to Lean On

For less than $10 per person a year, area employers can now provide their employees with a powerful mental health and wellbeing tool.

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and Rogers & Gray Insurance recently announced the availability of an employee assistance plan (EAP) which provides confidential counseling services to employees and their families. The program is being offered for just $9.50 per year, per employee.

When you consider what you can buy for less than ten dollars these days – a couple of gallons of milk, a sandwich, a so-so bouquet of flowers – it would be understandable to discount the actual value of something as inexpensive as the Reach EAP which is being provided by Diamond Healthcare. But with a host of critical services included in it, the program could well prove invaluable.

According to a statement from the Cape Cod Chamber, the services of the Reach EAP include:

  • Face-to-face, telephonic and virtual appointments available for both employees and family members
  • Human resources and management services include unlimited consultations and telephonic supervisor coaching
  • Critical incident consultations and services

The statement goes to say that the EAP concept is a decades-old one which “…grew out of industrial alcoholism programs of the 1940s,” and that the Reach EAP was chosen for its “…particular emphasis on alcohol and drug addiction education, and a community partnership to assist employees and family members with addiction issues.”

The Reach EAP will work, in some ways, much like a crisis hotline with trained professionals at the ready should an employee, or one of their family members, find themselves facing a potential catastrophe. The program will also provide training for business owners and human resources personnel to help them identify at-risk employees.

A series of workshops and webinars, which will provide in-depth information on the Reach EAP, has already been scheduled. Workshops will be offered at the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and the Chatham Community Center on January 26, February 16, March 2 and 23, and April 18. Webinars are scheduled for February 9 and 23, March 16 and April 13.

For more information, or to register for a workshop, visit http://www.whycapecod.org/reach-eap, or email greta@capecodchamber.org.