ASSISTANCE SERVICE (E.A.S.)
16.1 Douglas County, as an employer, is primarily concerned
with an individual's job performance. However, the County recognizes that job
performance can be affected by circumstances inside and outside the work
environment. In order to serve all the needs of our employees and the citizens
of the County, we hope, through our Employee Assistance Program, to acquaint
employees with appropriate community agencies to help them overcome their
problems and restore them to full job efficiency.
16.2 When an employee or a household member “self-refer”
themselves to E.A.S., their contact is absolutely private and confidential
unless the counselor determines that release is required by law. Under these
circumstances, the release will be only to the party(s) required by law.
If the county, in response
to a job performance issue, refers an employee to E.A.S., information and
communication may be required between the E.A.S. counselor and appropriate
county representative(s). Under these circumstances, with approval of the county
Human Resources Director or designee, the employee may be required to sign a
release of information form authorizing the employee’s treatment provider to
release information to the County Human Resources Director or designee and the
Department Head if deemed necessary by the Human Resources Director or
designee. Information will only be released to those with a need to know and
will otherwise be held in strict confidence. No employee shall, solely by
admitting that a problem exists, endanger his or her job. Such admission and
the steps taken to correct job performance issues shall be viewed as evidence
that the employee is committed to improving their performance and is interested
in continued employment with the county. However, participation in the E.A.S.
program will not excuse continued or future performance problems including a
violation of a last chance agreement as outlined in Rule 23.1.15.
16.3 This program is designed to:
(a) Allow employees
or household members to receive early intervention services at the early stage
of a problem. This assures that issues are prevented from developing later into more serious concerns, and
employees or household members in identifying personal problems and creating
related action plans, and
(c) Motivate the employee or household members to accept referral to any
necessary Long Term and or Specialized Services, and
problems before they create a negative impact on job performance or result in disciplinary actions.