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Benefits of Using an EAP

The Dialogue Advisor, LLC Employee assistance Programs (EAPs) are company plans that help identify and resolve issues facing troubled employees through short-term counseling, referrals to specialized professionals or organizations, and follow-up services.

Finding solutions for employee problems keeps the work place drama free. Personal problems often impact job performance. EAP’s increase workplace productivity and morale, support retention, enhance recruitment, and can reduce medical costs. Moreover our EAP will help train business owners and supervisors to recognize and deal with behavioral problems in the workforce.

Business Week pointed out that depression, anxiety, drug abuse, alcohol addiction, and common psychiatric disorders takes its' toll in lost productivity and absenteeism alone. The cost of business approaches $312 billion annually. EAPs, through prevention and early intervention services, are a proven, cost effective solution to many of the problems employers face today.

The new mental-health parity law extends 1996 legislation that offered parity in only some areas of mental-health treatment. With this  law, many companies with more than 50 employees will have to make several key changes, including setting co-payments for behavioral-health services no lower than those for other medical benefits (Wall Street Journal).

It is unclear how much "mental health parity" will cost companies. The insurance companies in order to disguise their rapidly rising costs have begun "bundling" so-called employee assistance services to hide rising their rising premiums. These programs are extensions of their insurance programs.
Here is Fast Facts about Employees, the Workplace, and Mental Health
  • 47% of serious workplace accidents and 40% of fatal workplace accidents have drug and/or alcohol involvement (Occupational Medicine).

  • 38% to 50% of all workers’ compensation claims are related to substance abuse in the workplace (National Council on Compensation Insurance).

  • Substance abusing workers are 5 times more likely to file workers’ compensation claims (US Dept. of Health and Human Services).

  • Mental disorders are the third most limiting health condition in terms of performing major daily activities, preceded only by cancer and stroke (APA).

  • A three-year study of a large corporation showed that 60% of employee absences were due to psychological problems (APA).

  • 50% to 70% of usual visits to primary care physicians are for medical complaints that stem from psychological factors (APA).

  • Patients with mental disorders average twice as many visits to their primary care physicians as patients without mental disorders (APA).

  • Cost offset studies show a decrease in total health care costs following mental health interventions even when the cost of the intervention is included (APA).
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