The mission of the Employee Assistance Program is to empower state agencies and employees to build hope and resilience by educating and promoting positive mental health.
The Office of the Oklahoma Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a cooperative effort between employees and administration to help employees gain access to professional services in resolving personal problems. Our services are designed to be an “on-ramp” to other services. This means from the very start, the employee/family member is actively engaging in the next steps to identify coping strategies and needed resources for the employee or family member to move forward independently. This can either be by short-term services (5 visits or less) or linkage to resources, such as long term services outside our office.
There is no charge to the employee or family members for their assessment and referral services received from the EAP Office. The decision to accept help from the EAP is a decision that only the employee can make.
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The EAP Office provides short-term interventions and resource referral assistance to state employees and their families seeking help with challenges related to mental health and/or substance use, emotional, gambling, marital, family relations, financial, work-related issues, stress, grief/loss or other personal problems. If you are unable to drive to the Oklahoma City area; EAP offers by phone and telemedicine appointments. EAP can also find resources in your area which include treatment centers, therapists, food banks, etc..
In addition, the EAP Office seeks to empower state employees and their families to make healthy lifestyle changes by providing information and opportunities to learn, grow, enrich their lives and overcome barriers to success. We work with state agencies to create a positive and flexible environment for employees and leaders to ensure overall well-being. As such, education and training on an individual and organizational basis are offered on topics including mental health in the workplace, suicide prevention, and mental health-promoting programs such as Mental Health First Aid®, as well as Wellness Coaching (e.g. tobacco cessation, weight management, worksite wellness, etc.).
Lastly, the EAP Office provides varying levels of Critical Incident Debriefing and Post-Vention efforts as a way to respond to and support agencies that experience traumatic events.
Participation in the Employee Assistance Program is voluntary. Employees or family members can call the EAP office at 405-248-9007 to schedule an intake appointment to sign up for services.
Individual services provided are kept in a strictly confidential manner. Only when an employee has authorized, in writing, the release of information to their supervisor will information be shared. Employee's contacts and discussions with the EAP Office are confidential and the right of an employee's privacy is protected by state and federal law.
Frequently Asked Questions
- EAP does not provide legal counsel. If you are looking for legal assistance, please contact the Oklahoma Bar Association at 405-416-7000 or Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma @ 1-888-534-5243.
- EAP does not provide monetary payments. EAP can, however, provide you with resources in your community that may help. You can also call the Heartline @ 2-1-1 for resources in your area.
- EAP cannot intervene on disciplinary hearing or actions, this includes complaints and grievances. EAP can provide you with counseling to help cope with the stress of the actions but cannot give you specific instructions on how to handle the issue.
- EAP can work with the agency's human resource department for a failed urinalysis and helping employees or family members get into substance abuse or mental health treatment centers.
- EAP does not have a psychiatrist or medical doctor on staff. EAP can offer you a list of psychiatrists in your area but the employee would be responsible for payment for utilizing these services.
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline @ 1-800-273-8255
- HeartLine @ 2-1-1
- If an employee or family member is in crisis please go to the nearest emergency room or crisis center. The staff member, employee, or family member can also call:
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline @ 1-800-273-8255
- HeartLine @ 2-1-1
EAP x Thrive provides life services to all state employees. From sports leagues to family fun days, employee support groups to counseling, EAP x Thrive strives to create an additional support system and resource network for all state employees.
EAP x Thrive Programs
Hit the Pause Button - Increased desk or screen time? Trying to figure out the remote workplace balance? Schedule some time with the us for help incorporating fresh strategies to help prevent burnout, loneliness, and future health issues. Our “Pause Button” program is a daily/weekly virtually delivered 15-25-minute scheduled break for stretching/carpal tunnel prevention, deep breathing, and little wellness tips about the body and mind.
Café Connection – A virtual or face-to-face support group where cross organizational employees come together to establish connection. Educational materials and lived experience to accessing resources are discussed. Join an existing Café Connection group or request a new one be developed today!
The Huddle – Our initial way to gather an organization’s team to check-in and talk about where we all are emotionally. The Huddle is a virtual or face-to-face support/educational group that provides a safe place for employees to share and connect with others that are dealing with similar issues and situations. Employees will have the opportunity to learn some stress management techniques and are typically an early intervention strategy to better support teams.
Wellness Support and Referral Services – EAP believes that a person’s sense of wellbeing involves both healthy minds and bodies. There are lots of challenges that can get in the way of feeling mentally at our best. EAP will work to improve state workers’ mental and emotional health by referring to resources that also support physical health and overall wellbeing. Because everyone’s needs and preferences are unique, it is important for us to be able to locate and connect resources that will be a good fit for each state employee’s personal wellness goals. EAP utilizes a certified behavioral health case manager/PRSS to connect clients with resources in their community, health care providers that are in-network with state insurance plans, and the Thrive state employee wellness programs.
Postvention - All organizations experience critical incidents that are highly stressful and can overwhelm an individual or agency’s normal coping mechanisms. A critical incident can occur either in the workplace or outside of the workplace and often produces significant adverse reactions for the affected employees. Critical incidents include events such as a death of an employee, resident, inmate, patient, client, or customer, a serious workplace injury, suicide, workplace violence, and natural disasters. EAP is available and able to provide postvention assistance to employees and agencies who are affected by critical incidents. In the after math of a critical incident, EAP staff and counselors will provide employees with needs assessment, referrals, short-term counseling, and follow-up services
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