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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Employee Assistance Program

(adapted from Manual 230 - updated: 12/05/2005)

 

The purpose of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is to offer assistance to employees who have personal problems that interfere with efficient and safe performance of their assigned duties; motivate employees to accept rehabilitation and treatment so that they may regain their productive capabilities; minimize absenteeism, sick leave, and grievances; reduce the need for disciplinary action; and improve morale.

The range of problems covered by these guidelines include any personal or job related problems having an impact on the employee's ability to perform his/her job. It is the responsibility of ARS to make available to every employee at every grade level services for prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation which will provide help in dealing with personal problems.

Problems concerning equal employment opportunity, upward mobility, and grievances are not covered under this program; however, these programs should be closely coordinated with employee assistance programs since personal problems of any type tend to overlap and impact on one another.

To contact an EAP consultant for yourself or a member of your immediate family, call EAP Consultants, Inc. at 1-800-869-0276.   This number is answered 24 hours a day. You may also go online at www.eapconsultants.com. The EAP coordinator for the Madison Location is the LAO.

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Last Modified: 3/12/2010
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