EAP benefits expanding in 2019

posted by Brent Brown on December 3, 2018 EAP Counseling Additions

Anthem’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will place an even greater focus on mental and emotional health with an expansion of benefits for State of Indiana employees set to take effect next year.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019 Anthem EAP will begin offering up to eight free face-to-face counseling sessions with a licensed therapist to State of Indiana employees, their spouses, dependents and others living in their homes, per issue and per year.

The sessions can help with any number of problems, from a spouse’s job loss to the death of a family member or pet to stress and anxiety that have spiraled out of control.

Getting started is easy.

Just call 1-800-223-7723 and select option 1. This will get you connected to a trained EAP representative. The representative will then help you find a therapist that fits your specific situation, and will even assist you in scheduling your initial appointment.

You can also schedule appointments through LiveHealthOnline. If you choose to go this route, please let the EAP representative know.

All information shared is confidential, but if you’re not yet comfortable speaking with a therapist there are other options. Just visit www.anthemeap.com and use the company code, State of Indiana.

The website on its own is a valuable resource where users can learn how to better manage their finances, quit smoking, obtain legal advice, and much more.

The expanded number of counseling sessions more than doubles the amount offered previously (three) and accompanies an all-new program intended to boost emotional wellness.

The new addition to the EAP, called “myStrength,” is an online program available 24/7. Described as “a health club for your mind,” the goal of myStrength is to “promote ongoing emotional wellbeing.” Through the use of inspirational videos and quotes, articles and various tools for stress management, myStrength aims to help people struggling with depression, substance abuse issues, trouble sleeping and many other conditions that can have a negative impact on mental health.

Getting access to myStrength is also simple and convenient.

Once again, go to www.anthemeap.com and click the members’ log-in button on the left side of the homepage. When you’re taken to the next page, enter the company code, State of Indiana, click “log-in.” You can then click on “myStrength” in one of the lime green boxes located on the right side of the screen. One last click on “sign up” and you’re ready to create an account.

Taken together, myStrength and the additional available counseling sessions in 2019 provide new avenues for State of Indiana employees to focus on their mental health and emotional wellness, in a confidential, easy-to-use fashion.

“These enhancements are fundamental to our continued focus of improving overall health among state employees and providing greater access to care,” Indiana State Personnel Department Director Britni Saunders said.

Anyone with questions can call 1-800-223-7723 to reach EAP representatives directly.

The INSPD Benefits team can help with questions as well. If you’re in Indianapolis, call 317-232-1167. The toll-free number for employees outside of Indianapolis is 1-877-248-0007. Benefits team members can be reached by email at SPDBenefits@spd.in.gov.

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