The Office of the Oklahoma Employee Assistance Program
The 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 assist employees and their family members with identifying and solving problems that may be negatively impacting their personal or professional lives. We believe that employees are a company’s best resource and that they deserve a professional and experienced employee assistance staff to help them resolve problems during challenging times that could affect job performance and even present safety concerns on the job.
Eligibility: All state employees and their family members are eligible to participate in the Oklahoma EAP. Any employee or family member may contact the EAP Office at 405-947-7576 or through email at EAP@ODMHSAS.ORG for a confidential discussion of services available to help with personal problems.
Services: The EAP Office provides counseling 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. Employees and their family members have access to individualized or family counseling for up to 5 sessions per issue each year. Issues requiring longer-term treatment may be referred by the EAP Office to an outside provider that best meets the individual or family’s needs.
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 suicide prevention, mental health promoting programs such as Mental Health First Aid®, as well as Wellness Coaching (e.g. tobacco cessation, weight management, worksite wellness, etc.) and supervisor/leadership development trainings.
Lastly, the EAP Office provides varying levels of Critical Incident Debriefing and Postvention efforts as a way to respond and support agencies that experience traumatic events. Critical incidents are highly stressful events that 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 the death of an employee, resident, inmate, patient, client, or customer, a serious workplace injury, suicide or homicide, workplace violence, and natural disasters. The EAP Office is available to provide Postvention assistance to employees and agencies who are affected by critical incidents.
Process: Participation in the Employee Assistance Program is voluntary. An employee’s personal life becomes a concern of the state only when it interferes with satisfactory work performance, reflects discredit to the state, or jeopardizes the safety of the employee or others. Supervisors may refer employees to the EAP Office for assistance, but the employee must personally make the decision to participate in the program.
Staff: The staff at the EAP Office are licensed professional counselors and specialize in drug and alcohol counseling. We pride ourselves by providing evidenced-based and appropriate services from the best, most experienced clinicians for our fellow state employees.
Confidentiality: Individual services provided are kept in a strict 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.
FAQs: There is no charge to the employee or family members for services provided by the EAP Office. In most cases, additional counseling and treatment service charges are covered by the employee’s health insurance. The decision to accept help from the EAP Office is a decision only the employee can make.