Employee Assistance Program
Purpose of Service: The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a human service program which provides counseling and referral services to employees of the South Burlington School District. The District has contracted Vermont School Boards Insurance Trust (VSBIT) to provide a trained counselor outside the District who can work with the employee or the employee’s household member to resolve personal concerns. Occasionally healthy, productive working people can be affected by short term or long term personal concerns. It is important to resolve these difficulties before work performance is negatively impacted and the EAP through trained counselors can help. Counselors are available to talk on the phone or meet face-to-face.
Referrals: Employees generally initiate contact with EAP either at the suggestion of another person or on their own. To request services for an employee or the employee’s household member, call the EAP at Invest EAP at 1-800- 287-2173, give our password or go to their website www.investeap.org. An appointment will be made with an EAP Counselor within three working days at a location that is convenient for the employee. Crisis service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Supervisory Referral is made when the supervisor detects a slack in work performance. The employee is offered the opportunity to meet with an EAP counselor off-site to identify and address any personal problems that may be affecting work performance. Self Referral occurs when an employee contacts the EAP counselor on his or her own. A Third Party Referral is made when a co-worker, family member or a friend suggests and EAP referral. Consultations for Supervisors/Principals: The EAP can be helpful to a supervisor or principal in providing consultation and guidance for a difficult workplace situation.
Types of Issues EAP Can Assist With: EAP can provide assistance with any problems that are affecting the well being of employees either at home or at work such as: Marital and family difficulties; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Stress on and off the job; Relationship Problems; Parenting Dilemmas; Eldercare Resources; Feelings of Depression or Anxiety; Childcare Resources; Financial Concerns/Resources; Legal Issues; Low Self Esteem; and Anger Management.
EAP is Confidential: Information concerning an employee’s contact with the EAP is kept in confidence. No personal information about an employee’s or employee’s household member’s use of the program will be released without written authorization from the employee.
Contact Information: The South Burlington School District Employee Assistance Program: Invest EAP, 1-800-287-2173 or www.investeap.org
Click the link below to view a brief but informative orientation video to learn more about your EAP benefit: