Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Conference Board of Pension and Health Benefits partnered with The Board of Ordained Ministry to bring clergy families the Methodist Healthcare Employee Assistance Program. Since January 1, 2012, this program has provided free, confidential short-term counseling to all active, retired clergy and clergy households. The Board of Pension and Health Benefits recommends continuing the program. The cost is minimal and the benefits are great. Beginning January 1, 2017 the program will be funded through apportionments. The benefit is not guaranteed and will be reviewed annually. The Methodist Healthcare EAP has been a leader in the Memphis community for over 25 years. We are pleased to offer this service to our clergy and their households. EAP can help with many of life’s challenges such as family issues, marital concerns, alcohol and drug abuse, anxiety, depression, major life events, grief, work concerns and managing the stress of everyday life. The program offers 6 counseling sessions to you and members of your household, free of charge. In most cases, short-term counseling is all the help you’ll need. However, if a referral outside the EAP is necessary, the EAP counselor will seek the best resources for your situation. Counseling outside the EAP will require use of insurance or self-pay. Use of the EAP and issues discussed in all sessions are held in strict confidence. Rest assured that your private health information remains confidential and can only be released outside the EAP with your written consent or when required by law such as in life threatening situations or child/elder abuse. All Arkansas Conference staff members and clergy families; whether full time, part time, retired or disabled as well as members of your household are eligible to participate. Surviving spouses are also eligible for this benefit. People who live within 50 miles of the two EAP offices in Memphis will use that resource. For all others, there are affiliate counselors throughout Arkansas to serve you and your family. For more information about the Methodist Healthcare EAP, please visit their website at www.methodisteapcanhelp.org and review the brochure enclosed in this announcement. To access the program, simply call their toll free number 1-800-880-5658 to schedule an appointment. Look for more information from the Methodist Healthcare EAP throughout the year via a monthly newsletter.