Employee Assistance Program
Employee Assistance Program
NRCS offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
through the Sand Creek Group, LTD.
Employees and family members can receive free confidential counseling to help
deal with life's difficult times. You can use
administrative leave for the first visit. On subsequent visits, you must use sick
or annual leave. The EAP is confidential and is provided by an outside vendor. NRCS does not receive
any information from the EAP about employees that request services.
Commonly Asked Questions
What problems can be helped through EAP?
- Dependent Care
- Work Related Stress
- Legal Referral
- Weight/Weight Loss
How do I get involved?
EAP encourages voluntary participation. If you have
a problem and need help, call the EAP and set up an
NRCS supervisors recognizes that an employee's personal problems can
affect the family and that the family's personal problems can affect job
performance. Not everyone will admit that they have a problem and seek help
for it; therefore, a supervisor may recommend that an employee talk to EAP personnel.
Who can use EAP?
Any employee is eligible, regardless of job
Who will I talk to?
A professional EAP counselor will work directly and confidentially
with the employee or family member to help resolve the issue. In some
cases, the EAP counselor's role will be to assist in determining what
additional community resources can provide future assistance
What types of counseling are covered by EAP?
Short-Term Counseling - The implied objective of short-term counseling
is the resolution of a problem within a brief period of time. As a
result, short-term counseling is not appropriate for each client
referred to EAP. In choosing between short- or long-term counseling, the
therapist will weigh the nature of the problem, as well as the client's
desire and ability to work on resolving the problem. A decision is
reached during the initial assessment as the counselor evaluates the
client's treatment needs. Once completed, the assessment, with
recommendations for treatment, are discussed with the client.
There is no charge for
short-term counseling provided through The Sand Creek Group EAP
Long-Term Counseling - If the problem is long-term, every
effort will be made to give the client the names of qualified providers in the
community (who are approved by insurance) and referred for treatment. If the
problem is short-term, a treatment plan will be established to reach mutually
agreed upon goals. The actual number of sessions is driven by the treatment plan
and is not predetermined. Therefore, both the services received and the number
of sessions delivered are based on the clinical needs of the client.
Who pays for EAP services?
The cost of EAP is covered by your employer. Costs associated with
referrals may be covered by medical benefits.
Will anyone know that I use EAP services?
EAP is strictly confidential. Only the individual receiving services
can authorize the release of information.
Will using EAP be documented in my personnel
No. Your employer encourages participation in the program to help
employees become better able to do their job. The program is strictly
confidential. The purpose of
the program is to help people enhance job stability and career development.
EAP Contact Information
|The Sand Creek Group, Ltd.
610 North Main Street
Stillwater, Minnesota 55082
1-651-430-3383 or toll free -
Fax - 1-651- 430-9753
http://www.sandcreekeap.com/ (will open in new