Employee Assistance Program
EAP – ESF's Employee Assistance Program – is a free, confidential, voluntary consultation REFERRAL service. Our EAP Coordinator is Cheryl Liptak. The EAP committee consists of representatives of the Unions on Campus: CSEA, UUP and PBA, as well as representatives of Management Confidential and Research Foundation employees. The chief responsibility of the committee is support for the EAP Coordinator.
Each State agency has an EAP committee, which promotes the local facility's EAP and selects a Coordinator, who is trained by NYS EAP to identify, assess, and refer employees in need. Employees or family members experiencing problems are referred to qualified community providers. The program addresses whatever problems are affecting an employee's productivity. Individual problems can range from a need for information about child care or care for the elderly to serious difficulties with alcohol or drugs. EAP is most successful if employees seek assistance during the early stages of their problems. With early intervention and treatment, they can maintain productive employment and personal relationships can be salvaged.
EAP is most successful if employees seek assistance during the early stages of their problems. With early intervention and treatment, they can maintain productive employment and personal relationships can be salvaged. The program can provide an economic return to the employer, enhance morale, and foster good employee relations. Other employees will also benefit by being part of a safer, more productive workforce. Ultimately, EAP is a productivity program as well as an employee benefit. Most EAP contacts are self-referrals, but an immediate Supervisor or a Union Representative may recommend members to contact the Coordinator.
You can contact our EAP Coordinator about many types of situations: personal, family/marital, emotional, substance abuse, medical, legal or financial. The Coordinator does not provide counseling, but does serve as a link between the employee and the appropriate resources located within the local community. Cheryl is not a therapist, a crisis counselor or an emergency contact, but he will be happy to guide you toward the persons or agency that can best help you with your particular concern.
EAP's focus is on health and wellness education. We have sponsored Health Challenges, Lunchtime Learning Seminars, and "Helpful Hints" via campus email. We also maintain a library of "self-help" books available in Moon Library. These can be checked out using your college ID.
One last thing worth mentioning is that if, for some reason, an employee feels uncomfortable contacting Cheryl Liptak about a particular issue, you may contact another facility. That is one of our benefits under New york State's Employee Assistance program.
Eligibility and Referral
The EAP welcomes all employees and volunteers of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
- Council 82
- Research Foundation
- Family Members
Self-Referral: an employee may contact the EAP Coordinator directly by calling 470-6847 or 470-4730.
Supervisory-Referral: an immediate supervisor is in an excellent position to recognize job performance and potential problems and concerns. While they should not diagnose or mandate that an employee go to EAP, they can suggest that the employee seek assistance and may recommend EAP as a possibility. A supervisor may also consult with the EAP regarding staff and workplace issues.
Union-Referral: Union representatives may recommend members to contact the EAP.