If you are reading this page
you have two questions to answer...
1. Do we want an Employee
2. Who will we contract with
to provide that service?
We believe the choice is clear. With Northeast
Georgia EAP you get a full service, custom EAP that meets the exact
needs of your workplace. We are responsive to
your needs. Assuming you are aware of the benefits of an EAP to
your employees and the bottom line, what should you consider in
choosing an EAP? A good starting point is to refer to the standards
and best practices recommended by the Employee Assistance Professionals
Association (The national voice for EAP's).
If you are considering adding an EAP to your work
site, please review the publication provided by the Employee Assistance
Professionals Association that informs you as to what to look for. The
EAP Buyer's Guide . We believe strongly that we measure up
as a top tier EAP provider!
Here are some key points:
“You get what you pay for” is
true for selecting an EAP.
When evaluating Employee Assistance
Programs, make certain that you are
comparing “apples to apples.”
Compare the individual service
packages and how they best meet your
needs. Resist “cost shopping” and
simply choosing your EAP based on
lowest price alone.
Buyers can and have been misled by
unscrupulous group practices,
counseling or healthcare providers,
insurance companies and brokers who
sell a traditional mental health service
plan and tack on a limited employee
counseling or referral service. This is
NOT AN EAP.
Types of EAP's to avoid:
Are you being offered only a low cost
toll-free line, telephone or internet
counseling and no other support? This
might provide a limited and relatively
cheap component of service, BUT it is
not an EAP. Don’t be fooled.
Mental Health “Add-on” EAP's:
Insurance firms or managed health
plans may offer an “EAP” by providing
the first 3 visits of the mental health plan “free” to
the employee. The employee is
then rolled over into the mental health
benefit. Problems? Confidentiality,
unqualified EAP providers, lack of
contact with the workplace, unexpected
fees, and other ethical questions
“Group Practice” EAP's:
If a local group of psychologists or a
mental health practice begins offering
EAP, evaluate the service very carefully.
They may be good at what they do, but
unless the practice has experienced or
CEAP-qualified EAP providers, a
specific EAP service team and a
commitment to delivery all core
functions, they are more likely to be
looking for a new and “easy” revenue
source at your expense.
If you have any questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 706 549 6658.
We hope we can serve you in the future,
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