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Referrals to Employee Assistance Program
Referrals to the Employee Assistance Program are comprised of two types:
- Voluntary - in which an employee elects to participate in the program
- Supervisory - in which a supervisor uses adopted guidelines to refer an employee to the program
These are the formal referral methods. In addition, referrals may be received from family members or other district support offices. Peer referrals are not accepted.
Individual employees who recognize their behavioral/medical problems and wish to voluntarily seek help may do so by contacting the Employee Assistance Program. All information given to the program will be privileged and held confidential with the exception of an employee who presents a danger to self or others, or issues of child abuse. The employee may seek assistance through a family physician or from a resource offered by the program. In either event, the employee will be requested to grant the Employee Assistance Program privileged communication with the resource used in order to properly evaluate the progress of the employee.
Employees’ spouses, dependents, or friends may consult the Employee Assistance Program and express their concern for an employee or family member. The staff will review the expressed concerns and determine further actions. No records of this referral will be maintained until the employee becomes a participant in the program at which time it will be considered a voluntary referral.
Appropriate records will be kept for all voluntary self-referrals to the program. The Employee Assistance Program staff will review monthly treatment progress reports and monitor participation and general progress as needed.
A referral may be made to the Employee Assistance Program by an employee’s supervisor in the following manner:
The immediate supervisor is in the best position to know the extent of absenteeism, tardiness, interpersonal behaviors, and the deterioration of work performance which may be associated with behavioral/medical disorders. The supervisor should never be cast in the role as diagnostician or counselor, but should detect and document deteriorating work performance and confront a problem employee on that basis. Disciplinary actions must be taken in accordance with Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ established procedures and appropriate labor contract provisions, and all performance evaluations must be in accordance with statutes, established guidelines, and labor contract provisions.
Supervisory Referral Form. PDF