Employee Assistance Program

Employee Assistance Program

by Thea Mangels, Executive Assistant

One way to reduce future costs of health care is by utilizing the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This program comes with our medical insurance through the Episcopal Church Medical Trust, and for the first time this year, is available to those who opt out of medical insurance for the low cost of $5 a month.

Behavioral Health Benefit:
One significant way that the EAP can help lower the future cost of health insurance in the Diocese is if employees take advantage of the behavioral health benefit.  The EAP will provide 10 completely free (no copay) counseling sessions for each issue you would like to discuss. CIGNA provides both EAP and behavioral health benefits, and will refer you only to in-network doctors and counselors. This can result in a savings if you need more than 10 sessions for a particular issue.  If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with your counselor relationship, CIGNA will provide a different referral. 

This behavioral health benefit is tied to diocesan medical insurance. If you do not have medical insurance through the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, the EAP will still allow you access to counseling.

Professional Services:

- Legal consultations
- Financial services and referrals
- Tips for balancing work and family
- Resources for more help in your community

Online Resources:
EAP provides online resources with access to services for healthy living, adoption, child care, parenting, senior care, pet care, travel, finances, legal issues, relocation information, teambuilding, career transition, savings center and find interactive tools.  www.cignabehavioralhealth.com

Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the EAP has trained providers available over the phone, as well as the ability to direct you to someone local. Anyone living in the household of a diocesan employee can call in for services. 

For more information click here.

To access EAP services, call (866) 395-7794, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or sign in to Cigna Behavioral Health www.cignabehavioralhealth.com (password: episcopal). 

The Episcopal Church Medical Trust developed this poster "100 Reasons to Call the EAP."  

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