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LIVINGSTON, La. – Employees of the Livingston Parish School System are now eligible to receive comprehensive mental health care for them and their dependents, thanks to the district’s investment in a new benefits package.

Superintendent Joe Murphy said the district has invested in services provided by TotalCare EAP, offering employees, their spouses and dependents, access to counseling services designed to address significant life problems. The benefits include counseling and guidance on issues such as career and education, parenting, cyber safety, human resources and supervisor management, challenges of military deployment or simply coping with “tough times.” Those “tough times” may include relationship issues, depression, grief, eating disorders, financial or legal struggles, retirement planning or quality of life issues.

“It’s important that we give our employees all the tools they need to effectively do their job, and sometimes that includes assistance with coping with difficult challenges,” Murphy said.

“We all know that issues we deal with in the home can impact our performance on the job, just as difficult days at work can negatively impact our home life. The two lives are not inseparable, so we want to give our people the resources they need to manage issues on the campus and in their homes in a healthy, productive way.”

More than 3,700 employees and their families are covered under the agreement, putting the district’s total investment in the program at more than $56,000.

Many of the services provided by TotalCare EAP can be accessed online, through tele-med or tele-health appointments, or by having access to a wealth of collected wellness information, videos and blogs. The service also provides employees with a list of local physicians or certified counselors who could assist with their health care needs.

Murphy said employees will have access to an EAP hotline, 24-hours, 7-days per week, where they can reach a professional counselor through a toll-free number or online chat room. Additionally, employees are allowed one on-site trauma response each year, meaning a facility visit or group counseling session. Additional trauma responses are provided at a reduced rate of $250 per incident. Substance abuse evaluations are available at $850 per person.

For more information on the district’s EAP benefits, employees can call 1-800-252-4555 or visit www.theEAP.com.

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