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Employee Assistance Program
The City of Laramie has established a special program to assist LFD employees by providing confidential access to mental health professionals who have experience with and a special interest in working with emergency services personnel. Everyday stressors, as well as some of the unique stressors and difficulties involved in emergency work, can affect our lives and have a real impact on our well-being. We want to help provide resources so that LFD staff members can quickly and conveniently, and in complete privacy, get in touch with a qualified provider who stands ready to assist with any emotional or psychological issue.
The Employee Assistance Program provides access to a network of specially selected mental health professionals practicing in Laramie and Cheyenne who have experience in assisting first responders and those who have experienced psychological trauma.
Between July 1st and June 30th, LFD employees will be provided with up to three hours of services annually, at no cost. Family members are encouraged to access services with our providers employing their insurance benefits. To access services, simply select a provider and email or call them directly. You do not need a referral from anyone else, and you may remain anonymous. If you prefer to see your provider for longer than three meetings, you may use your health insurance program to continue services (each of our providers will accept the program).
Why use the EAP?
The EAP network consists of counselors who are experienced with first responders and/or trauma survivors who stand ready to assist LFD employees in identifying issues and planning care. EAP providers are located around the state for improved access to care.
What if I want to attend more than three sessions?
The three sessions provided by the program are meant to support planning services. The City of Laramie health insurance program can be employed for an indefinite number of sessions involving a modest copay. Workers Compensation benefits may be employed for work-related incidents. The LFD Administrator may approve additional sessions on a case-by-case basis.
Why doesn’t the EAP provide as many sessions as I want or need?
Your City of Laramie health insurance is your primary resource for medical and mental health care. The EAP is meant to make it easier to connect with suitable providers and to access care. It is a wellness program.
How do referrals work?
You may self-refer by contacting a provider directly by email or telephone to schedule an appointment. You should expect a response within 24 hours. If you need to contact Dr. Jerry Post regarding the program please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I know that my sessions will be private?
EAP network providers are private practitioners who enter into a client-therapist relationship with those who are referred or who self-refer. They are required by law and ethical standards to honor confidentiality, subject to legal exceptions they will describe. They cannot reveal the content of sessions to anyone without the written consent of their client. Your case will not be discussed with anyone associated with LFD or Dr. Post.
Who administers the LFD EAP?
Psychologist Jerry Post, Psy.D., of Cheyenne administers the EAP. He is the consulting psychologist to the LFD; his practice hosts the web page and manages the network of providers. He is not directly involved in providing care.
What else does Dr. Post do for LFD?
Dr. Post consults to the Peer Support Team, provides return to duty and fitness for duty assessments, performs pre-employment selection services, and provides general consultation to members of the LFD.
Are network providers involved in Fitness for Duty exams?