What is an Employee Assistance Program?
An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a program designed to aid employees whose addictions are interfering with their jobs. The program exists for employers to help their employees get treatment without the possibility of losing their employment.
StepHouse Recovery works closely with employers to provide the help people need without the fear of losing their jobs.
StepHouse Recovery offers EAP to help your business and employees get the help they need while minimizing the costs of loss in earnings and productivity. We work with you and your employees every step of the way – from determining the level of care needed to the verification of company health benefits and insurance to return-to-work agreements.
The Legal Basis for Employee Assistance Programs
Employers cannot discriminate or terminate employees for having known disabilities.
The Adults with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) are two federal laws that protect employees within the workplace.
Although drug addiction is not yet covered, alcohol addiction is classified as a medical condition under the ADA. However, those engaging in drug use who have a co-occurring mental disorder may qualify to be covered by the ADA.
The FMLA allows employees to take a leave of absence from work if their medical condition prevents them from working. Furthermore, the FMLA allows employees up to twelve (12) weeks of leave a year – meaning inpatient care is not out of reach.
EAP Eligibility Assessment
Our counselors will determine the level of care the employee needs in order to transition into sobriety.
After an employee reports to a supervisor or their HR representative, refer them to one of our EAP representatives for help. Our certified counselors will sit down with the employee through 3 to 5 counseling sessions to determine any co-occurring mental disorders, should any be present.
During this time, we will also verify your company’s health benefits and insurance to ensure that the employee receives the care they need without concern for the cost of rehab.
Our inpatient rehab typically lasts 30-60 days, which does require an employee to take a leave of absence during that time. However, some employees may qualify for our Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) where they will receive many of the benefits of inpatient rehab but can still attend work.
If you are interested in the Employee Assistance Program, contact us now!