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November 13, 2017
A Quick Guide to Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
 
Employee Assistance Programs are a company’s first line response to providing treatment, education and problem resolution within an organization. EAP services can be designed to align with ongoing wellness and training efforts aimed at increasing employee productivity or identifying risk factors that may lead to reduced performance. EAPs offer a wide range of services including mental health and substance abuse counseling, stress management, problem resolution, critical incident stress debriefing and organizational training and wellness.
 
An EAP that is aligned with your organizations values and culture will likely enhance operations and overall employee morale. Generally speaking, Employee Assistance Programs provide value in three ways:
 
  1. EAPs increase productivity by leveraging the value of an organization’s investment in its workforce, encouraging employee engagement, improving the ability of employees to successfully respond to life’s challenges, offering substance abuse and mental health counseling and short-term problem-resolution services and developing employee and manager competencies in managing workplace stress and improving work team performance.
 
  1. EAPs address the costs of doing business by reducing workplace absenteeism and unplanned absences, decreasing workplace accidents, lowering employee turnover and related replacement costs, reducing healthcare costs by proactively addressing issues of substance abuse and mental health and increase the efficient use of health care through early identification, care management and recovery efforts.
 
  1. EAPs mitigate business risks by reducing the likelihood of workplace accidents, violence or other safety risks, managing the effect of disruptive incidents, reducing the likelihood of legal action or liability and promoting and supporting drug- and alcohol-free workplace policies and programs.
 
The ongoing opioid and addiction epidemic has affected nearly every family and community in the Commonwealth. Employers have been equally effected, whether directly through substance abuse issues related to their workforce or employee dependents. EAPs with expertise in substance abuse and mental health issues can offer a resource to employers who are looking to safeguard their workforce and business against the increasingly costly issues of substance abuse.
 
For more information about employee assistance programs please refer to the Employee Assistance Trade Association and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association.  
 
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Modern Assistance Programs, Inc., is an employee assistance provider and behavioral health benefits management company headquartered in Quincy, MA. The company was founded in 1988 by the late Paul F. McDevitt and now covers approximately 100,000 lives in the New England area. Modern Assistance offers substance abuse and mental health counseling by licensed substance abuse and mental health clinicians.
 
Located at 1400 Hancock Street, Suite 2, Quincy, MA only two blocks from the Quincy Center T Station. Additional information about our services can be found at www.modernassitance.com or by calling 617-774-0331. 

                                                  Information produced by Modern Assistance Programs, Inc.