LIVINGSTON, La. – Thanks to the district’s investment in a new benefits package, employees of the Livingston Parish School System are now entitled to comprehensive mental health care for themselves and their loved ones.
Superintendent Joe Murphy said the district has invested in TotalCare EAP services and provided employees, their spouses and dependents with access to counseling services designed to address significant life issues. Benefits include advice and guidance on topics such as careers and education, parenting, cybersecurity, workforce and supervisor management, challenges of military deployment, or simply coping with “tough times.” These “tough times” can include relationship problems, depression, grief, eating disorders, financial or legal issues, retirement planning, or quality of life issues.
“It’s important that we provide our employees with all the tools they need to do their jobs effectively, and that sometimes includes assistance in overcoming difficult challenges,” said Murphy.
“We all know that problems we deal with at home can affect our performance at work, just as difficult work days can negatively impact our personal lives. The two lives are not inseparable, so we want to provide our employees with the resources they need to tackle issues on campus and at home in healthy and productive ways.”
More than 3,700 employees and their families are covered by the agreement, bringing the district’s total investment in the program to more than US$56,000.
Many of the services offered by TotalCare EAP can be accessed online, through telemedicine or telehealth appointments, or by accessing a wealth of aggregated wellness information, videos and blogs. The service also provides employees with a list of local doctors or certified counselors who might be able to assist with their healthcare needs.
According to Murphy, employees have 24-hour access to an EAP hotline where they can reach a professional counselor through a toll-free number or an online chat room. In addition, staff are permitted one on-site trauma treatment each year, i.e., a facility visit or a group counseling session. Additional trauma procedures are provided at a reduced rate of $250 per incident. Substance abuse assessments are available for $850 per person.
For more information on district EAP benefits, employees can call 1-800-252-4555 or visit www.theEAP.com.