Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) and Special Districts Insurance Services (SDIS) are pleased to announce that we are offering an employee assistance program (EAP) to all career professional fire fighters, 911 dispatchers and police officers employed with our SDIS member districts free of charge.
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.
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.
EAP Newsletters and Announcements
Public Safety EAP Monthly Newsletter
Public Safety EAP Benefits: Coaching Programs and Self-Help Resources
**Public Safety EAP now offers 18 new coaching programs as part of their employee development benefits. They have also added new self-help resources to bring the total to over 25,000. Please view the ESI Benefits brochure for more information.**
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 Detailed Brochure