Employee Assistance Program
The EAP is a benefit provided and paid for by your employer and is endorsed by the Manitoba Council of Health Care Unions. Since 1999, Manitoba Blue Cross has been delivering EAP services to employees of facilities within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, the Direct Service Home Care group and is also delivering this benefit to employees of the other RHAs.
Manitoba Blue Cross EAP provides you and your eligible dependents with a confidential and professional treatment resource to address personal issues. No costs are assessed to the employee for this benefit.
Who is eligible?
All permanent full-time and part-time, temporary, term and casual employees, including their spouses and dependent children are eligible for EAP benefits. Benefits are available immediately upon enrollment with no waiting period.
What services does the EAP provide?
The EAP will provide the following types of counseling service to you and your eligible family members:
- Emotional or Behavioral
- Anxiety and Depression
- Occupational Stress/Adjustment
- Information and/or Referral
- Critical Incident/Trauma
- EAP Workshops
Workshops are offered at various sites within the WRHA throughout the year. To find out what is currently offered for staff go to the Education Portal and select EAP.
How will I access EAP services?
Confidentiality is the most important aspect of your EAP. To access services, you do not have to notify your employer or anyone in your facility. No personal information is released to anyone without your written consent.
You or your family members can call the Blue Cross Employee Assistance Centre 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Someone will be there for you whenever you call. All crisis or emergency situations will be responded to immediately.
When you call, in order to ensure confidentiality, you will be provided with options for your selection of individual counseling/assistance. This may include counseling from the identified EAP counselor in your community or geographical area, from a counselor in another community or area, attendance at one of the EAP offices located in Winnipeg, or at your option, telephone counseling etc.
Toll free: 1-800-590-5553
What happens next?
If you have further questions, please contact the Human Resources office in your facility.