Employee Assistance Program

Meritus Behavioral Health Resources for Existing EAP Organizations

How Can EAP Help Me?

Your Employee Assistance Program, or EAP, plays a key role in helping you, your co-workers and family members cope with emotional, physical, or any other problems that may be affecting your personal well-being and/or your job performance.

When should I contact EAP?

♦♦You feel listless and wish you could just stay home. You aren’t sure why and wonder what you can do about it.

♦♦You are not acting like yourself; feeling irritable, anxious, or depressed.

♦♦You are having trouble sleeping and/or your eating habits have changed.

♦♦You cannot concentrate, perhaps due to an alcohol and/or drug problem.

♦♦In the recent or remote past you have experienced significant life changes, such as the loss of a loved one, divorce or job change.

No problem is too small. Please call for a consultation.

Examples of items EAP can assist with include:

Relationship Problems

  • Couples
  • Children
  • Families
  • Communication
  • Setting limits
  • Conflicts

Life Transitions

  • School and career decisions
  • Midlife
  • Separation and divorce
  • COVID related issues
  • Retirement
  • Grief
  • Empty nest

Family Issues

  • Parenting
  • Step families
  • Sibling conflicts
  • Peer relations
  • School performance
  • Extended family
  • Eldercare

Substance Use Issues

  • Alcohol
  • Differences between use and abuse
  • Drugs
  • Treatment program information
  • Concern when someone else is using alcohol or drugs
  • Workplace testing and compliance
  • Codependency

Emotional Issues

  • Stress
  • Negativity
  • Coping with change
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • PTSD
  • Compassion fatigue

How Does EAP Work?

If you are experiencing difficulty managing life issues, you may contact a counselor by calling 800-635-2774, 301-766-7600, or301-766-7615. An appointment will be scheduled with same or next day availability. In person or phone appointments available from 10-45 minutes in duration. EAP counselors will meet with employees or family members identified as having a problem, and a review of the situation will be completed during the first session. Short-term counseling and referral services are provided.

In some instances, your work supervisor may recommend that you call the EAP, particularly if your on-the-job performance or attendance has deteriorated. EAP can be an important source of help to resolve your difficulties and improve your job performance.

How Much Does EAP Cost?

EAP is a free service to employees.

Is EAP Confidential?

Absolutely! Any information you share with the counselor remains confidential. No information will be released to anyone, including your employer, without your written consent, or as required by law. Future job advancement will not be affected by your participation in EAP.

Employee Assistance Program