Monday, January 4, 2010

Feeling off? Why not get help at work?


Did you know that under a new law, work health plans will need to cover mental health services the same as physical health?

Companies are reacting by putting short-term counseling in place, according to Shirley S. Wang, WSJ, Dec 15, 2009.

These would be the EAPs—Employee Assistance Programs. You may be able to get more free sessions.

A problem can be that by asking people to go to the EAP first, before outside help, companies may keep people who need more help from seeking it.

Plus—those same people will have one therapist, then need to adjust to another one.

Often EAPs offer a few—3-8 sessions, and these may be telephone sessions.

Now this may be more with adoption counseling, elder care, and other services added.

If you are in a company with more than 50 people, watch for changes—thought for once, they may work in your favor.

Crazy-making, right?

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