Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) and Special Districts Insurance Services (SDIS) are pleased to announce that we have partnered with Oregon State Fire Fighters Council to offer an employee assistance program (EAP) to all career professional fire fighters in the state of Oregon free of charge.
We are also offering this program at no cost to 911 dispatchers and police officers employed with our member districts.
This EAP is offered through Public Safety EAP A division of ESI and is specifically designed for emergency responders and fire professionals. The program offers up to six in-person counseling sessions per year and utilizes mental health professionals that specialize in fire and EMS issues.
Please review the program flyer explaining the benefits offered as well as a flyer with information about how to access services. We encourage you to use these to communicate with your career professional fire fighters about this new opportunity. Public Safety EAP has also developed a great video explaining the benefits available.
Your district's career professional fire fighters and their dependents have immediate access to these program services and benefits. There is no waiting period. If help is needed, all it takes is a simple phone call to 1-888-327-1060 or visit online at PublicSafetyEAP.com.
Beginning July 1, 2019, volunteers and administrative staff can be added to the program for $14.27 per volunteer/employee per year. In May, look for enrollment forms that will allow you to add these individuals to the program. If you have career professional fire fighters, they have already been added to the program. There is nothing that you need to do, other than notify them that it is available.
Also starting July 1, we have an exciting opportunity for fire districts that can afford to pay for the program themselves. SDIS is trying to obtain the funding to eventually make this program available to volunteers statewide at no cost. The price for your district to cover the cost for its paid first responders is $18.72 per employee/per year. If your fire district elects to cover this cost, SDIS will put that amount into a fund to pay for volunteers from small districts that can’t afford the additional expense. The option to participate will be available on the enrollment forms we send in May. SDIS does not make any money from offering this program.
If you have any questions, please contact Scott Neufeld, Director of Risk and Claims Management.
Letter from the Oregon State Fire Fighters Council announcing the program and partnership
Public Safety EAP Poster
Public Safety EAP Member Card
Program flyer explaining the benefits
Flyer with information about how to access these benefits
Public Safety EAP Video
Public Safety EAP Detailed Brochure
Volunteer and Administrative Staff Resources
EAP Access Information