August 2005 Edition
HERE'S THE LATEST CHAPTER NEWS!
In this issue:
Welcome New Members!
Welcome to Mitch Miles with Effectur Inc. in Greensboro and Roswita Toepfer who works out of Fayetteville. They join the already 116 members of our chapter. Also, thanks to all those who recently renewed their association and chapter membership!
The Hampton Inn in Chapel Hill was the location of the most recent Chapter meeting. Alicia Gonzalez with Duke AHEC presented an information program on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and its application to a short-term solution focused counseling model that is now so commonly associated with EAPs. There were twenty-two in attendance who were glad they came because they now know what terms like emotion, reasonable, and wise mind really mean! Congratulations to Jay Hale as he won the drawing for a free annual Chapter membership when he renews! Minutes of the business meeting will be distributed to the membership via the listserve by Secretary David Hamby.
North Carolina Chapter Membership Survey
The NC-IEAPA Board is currently coordinating an effort to enhance the benefits of Chapter membership. A survey about the value of NC-EAPA membership was recently sent out via the list serve and the deadline for submission is September 1st. As an incentive to complete and return the survey in a timely fashion (September 1), we are offering the chance to win a free registration to a 2005/2006 quarterly Chapter training or a tote bag filled with NC-IEAPA merchandise. The winners will be announced on the list serve on September 6th. The results of the survey will be included in the next addition of the On-Liner. Thanks to everyone who has completed or will be completing the survey.
The next scheduled LEAP Board meeting is December 13th. Applications for licensure should be postmarked by November 30th. Send them to NC Division of MH/DD/SAS, Attention: Jo Yarbrough, MSC 3007, Raleigh, NC 27699-3007. If you have any questions or concerns contact Jo Yarbrough at 919-733-4670 or Roy Sonovick, Chair NC Board of Licensed Employee Assistance Professionals (BLEAP), at 336-227-8923.
The Outreach Committee continues its mission to market and promote EAPs within the Chapter and in the community. The Committee is busy working on selecting innovative and exciting ideas for the March Conference gift and will incorporate the "Kaleidoscope" theme into the conference gift.
Merchandise will continue to be offered at Chapter trainings along with "Chapter Training Specials" on a regular basis, in addition to the opportunity for mail-order sales. Contact Eileen Hodiak at (910) 715-3435 or toll-free 1-888-278-4595 to be a part of these important activities!
If your email address has changed remember to let Andy Silberman know so you will remain on the chapter listserve. You can email Andy at email@example.com. Also, you will want to let IEAPA know so you will continue to receive valuable membership information. Go to their website at www.eapassn.org.
The NC-EAPA March Conference Planning Committee is now accepting papers to be submitted for the 2006 Conference. The conference theme is: The Kaleidoscope of EAP: Changing Focus of Workplace Services. The conference will be held March 15-17, 2006 at the Hyatt SouthPark in Charlotte. The topics currently being considered for presentations include but are not limited to:
Governor Mike Easley recently signed legislation (House Bill 740) that requires “public transit operators and other employers of persons who operate commercial vehicles who are subject to federal drug and alcohol testing to report to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and federally required positive drug and alcohol test result, and to disqualify those persons from operating a commercial motor vehicle or other public transit vehicles until successful completion of treatment.” Thanks to Karen Untz for the “heads up,” as she states, “I think everyone who does Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) work or EAPs who refer to SAPs should read the whole bill!” Karen also notes that one change she sees is that DMV will mark the individual’s record as disqualified until documentation is received confirming successful assessment and treatment by a SAP. This information will remain on the DMV record for two years after the end of the disqualification period. This might be good information to share with the organizations you serve. A copy of the actual legislation can be obtained by going to www.ncga.state.nc.us and do a search for H740. The legislation is brief.
Did You Know...?
From "1001 Ways to Reward Employees" by Bob Nelson (Workman, 1994)
New NIAAA Practitioner's Guide for Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much
The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has released a new guide to help health care practitioners identify and care for patients who drink heavily or have alcohol use disorders.
Primary care and mental health clinicians will find research-based information on alcohol screening and brief intervention. The guide features a new, condensed screening approach, which uses a single question to identify heavy drinkers and further questions to evaluate them for symptoms of alcohol abuse or dependence.
Alliance for Work-Life Progress: www.awlp.org: information on work-life resources and professionals.
Balanced Life: Self-absorbed handle trauma best
In an article from U.S. News and World Report posted on June 23, 2005 author Marianne Szegedy-Maszak states that in a report of 9/11 survivors "...researchers from Columbia Teachers College in New York have found that those who were most resilient also possessed personalities that did not make them particularly likable. They represent a personality type that is known in psychology as "self-enhancers." About 20% of any group of people would be considered self-enhancers. Those with the self-enhancer traits reported less PTSD symptoms and seemed happier. There were those that after eighteen months doubted their honesty. However, it was noted that there are those with what would be considered unhealthy traits that still seem to predict resilience.
"The best way to help the poor is not to be one." Reverend Ike
“Things do not change, we change.” Thoreau
“A problem can’t be solved with the same mind that created it.” Unknown
More Americans are purchasing low-cost, limited-benefit health plans.
Limited-benefit health plans, or "mini-medical" plans are increasing in popularity across the nation. These plans have been popular for several years with small employers. However today, more large companies are embracing the idea as a way to entice uninsured workers to purchase coverage or to help struggling employees maintain it. More than 20 national employers--such as Intel, IBM and Sears--plan to begin offering such plans later this year. While most of the plans cover physician visits and some prescription drugs, most do not cover catastrophic care, mental health treatment, and hospital visits. The plans have strict coverage caps, which may be as low as $1000 a year and are rarely higher than $20,000. Premiums are between $50 to $100 a month for an individual and approximately $200 a month for families. Critics say most employers do not contribute to the cost of the plan, and the policies may skew the notion of just what it means to be insured. Opponents also say the policies could encourage employers already offering comprehensive benefits to switch to the limited plans. Critics also contend the policies will not help workers who most need it--those who are hospitalized and face tremendous unpaid medical bills. (Los Angeles Times, 6/6/05; Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, 6/6/05)
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