Blue Ribbon Commission offers EAP for Small Businesses

The Blue Ribbon Commission Oversight Committee, appointed by the Talbot County Council to enact and monitor drug abuse prevention initiatives in Talbot County, has announced a pilot program for small businesses that will provide Employee Assistance Programs for alcohol and drug issues, as well as any other issue that impacts an employee’s well-being and productivity.

Gary Pearce, Director of Talbot Partnership for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention, advised that the Blue Ribbon Commission Oversight Committee has been able to negotiate favorable group rates from Business Health Services in Baltimore, for a consortium of Talbot County businesses to offer a results-oriented workplace benefit to help Talbot County businesses combat substance abuse and other issues that negatively impact its workforce.

With over 25 years experience delivering successful EAP services, Business Health Services is dedicated to delivering high-quality assistance for employees struggling with a variety of personal or work related problems. Any issue that impacts an employee’s well-being and productivity can be brought to the EAP including stress, depression, substance abuse, addiction, dependent care needs, family discord, difficulties with a co-worker, relationship issues, grief and loss, emotional disorders and trauma. In addition, BHS’ Performance Management component helps supervisors identify, document, and move problematic employee and workplace issues to a positive resolution.

As a consortium member, Talbot County businesses will receive the following:
• 24-7 Service Access & Telephonic EAP Services
• Access to a Consortium Account Manager
• Unlimited Telephonic Supervisor Consultations
• Care Coordination Services
• Four (4) In-Person EAP Sessions per Problem
• BHS Enhanced Website
• Program Promotional Material
• Monthly Electronic Employee Newsletters
• Monthly Electronic Supervisory Newsletters
• Bi-annual Reporting Services
• Bi-annual Satisfaction Reports

Any businesses interested in participating in this program, should contact Talbot Partnership at 410-819-8067.

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