|Historical Perspective of the EAP
The establishment of the Employee Assistance program (EAP) at Holy Family Memorial, Inc. is a result of an ongoing mission. That mission includes providing mental health and AODA aid to employees of many employers in Manitowoc, other communities, and states.
The program began in September of 1992 and provides early intervention to employees and family members experiencing difficulties in their lives. Employee Assistance Programs began in the 1940's. At that time, they were identified as Occupational Alcoholism Programs (OAP's) because the biggest issue of concern was alcohol and drug abuse. As employers began to realize that employees experienced other issues it became appropriate to change the name of the program to its current name. This new name change ensures a more comprehensive or 'broad brush' approach to aiding employees and family members.
The EAP utilizes three professionals (two full-time, one part-time) to perform assessment services. All clients undergo a comprehensive assessment to determine psychosocial needs. Clients are then referred for appropriate services to a provider of their choice, if deemed necessary.
Philosophy of the EAP
The Employee Assistance Program is committed to the assessment and identification of mental health issues, alcoholism, and other forms of impairment or stress. It recognizes the disease entity of chemical dependency to be a far ranging problem that involves the compulsive, dysfunctional use of mood and mind altering substances. The dysfunctional aspects of the disease include, minimally, psychological dependence and pharmacological tolerance to the substance. Further dysfunction may include physical dependence, pathological changes in various organ function, deterioration of family life, social life, and work performance, and other forms of maladapted behavior.
The Employee Assistance Program recognizes that no one course of treatment is appropriate for all cases. Specific differences between patients necessitate the availability of various modes and approch to care. The program helps to ensure appropriate referral and care via continuous case management of each client that accesses services.
Chemical dependency mental illness is a complex health problem. The individual afflicted may have medically-related problems as well as psychological problems. The Employee Assistance Program acknowledges that treatment, in order to be most effective, must involve the whole individual and address those issues that are clearly affecting his/her well-being. Therefore, the program makes available services directed at the individual's medical, psychological, social, vocational, legal and spiritual needs. Furthermore, the complexity of this situation may require that the patient's family be involved in the treatment process.
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