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  • EAPA members invited to Asia Pacific EAP Conference
  • Final regulations provide guidance on EAPs as 'excepted benefits' under ACA
  • 'How to improve EAP utilization reports' featured in JEA
  • Unintended consequences: Why painkiller addicts turn to heroin
  • Fear of terror attacks could lead to job burnout
  • How insurance companies try to get around rules for mental health care
  • NIDA issues step-by-step guides for getting help with addictions
  • New SHRM survey finds organizations unprepared for aging workforce
  • Stress emerges as a grave concern for organizations
  • CDC: Alcohol poisoning kills 6 a day, mostly middle-aged men

  • EAPA members invited to Asia Pacific EAP Conference
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    EAPA has arranged for members wishing to attend the 2015 Asia Pacific EA Roundtable Conference, April 16-17 in beautiful Goa, India, to receive discounted member registration rates! Goa is one of the premier vacation destinations in Asia and is known for its relaxing beaches, good food, and night markets. The conference theme, "Wellness-Productivity-Outcomes," focuses on the primary drivers for EAP growth in the Asia Pacific region, perhaps the world's fastest-growing EAP market. EAPA CEO Dr. John Maynard will present the opening keynote on global EAP growth and the future of EAP in Asia. Early-bird registration is available now.
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    Final regulations provide guidance on EAPs as 'excepted benefits'
    under ACA

    JD Supra
    The Departments of Labor, the Treasury, and Health and Human Services have recently published final regulations related to when limited scope dental and vision benefits and employee assistance programs qualify as "excepted benefits" not subject to certain requirements that otherwise apply to group health plans.
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    'How to improve EAP utilization reports' featured in JEA
    Employee Assistance Professionals Association
    How to standardize and improve the utilization reports that EAPs send to their client companies is the subject of the cover article in the Journal of Employee Assistance, first quarter 2015, issue. Authors Sandra Caffo and Kathleen Greer led a National Behavioral Consortium study that examined current practices and surveyed customer preferences on utilization reporting. Also in this issue of JEA, articles on how behavioral screening and intervention, a new approach to workplace wellness, offers strong evidence of effectiveness and cost savings; recommendations on how to reinvigorate your EAP's supervisor training; and strategies for cultivating a work environment that embraces greater acceptance of LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex) employees. Finally, what would it be like to transition from one gender to another? Pam Wyss, a CEAP in the state of Washington, recalls her personal experiences in an insightful narrative.
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    Unintended consequences: Why painkiller addicts turn to heroin
    CNN
    Today's typical heroin addict starts using at 23 and was likely unwittingly led to heroin through painkillers prescribed by his or her doctor. While heroin is illicit and opioid pills such as oxycontin are FDA-approved, each is derived from the poppy plant. Their chemical structures are highly similar and they bind to the same group of receptors in the brain. Because there are so many similarities, pain pill addicts frequently turn to heroin when pills are no longer available to them or the cost of pills becomes too expensive.
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    Fear of terror attacks could lead to job burnout
    EuraAsia Review
    Terrorist attacks around the world continue to grow in scope and severity. In the aftermath of such attacks, authorities are usually quick to address the needs of victims and their relatives. But what about terrorism's impact on a general public seemingly distant from the scene of attacks — "indirect" victims of terror?
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    How insurance companies try to get around rules for mental health care
    Slate
    Darcy Lockman writes: "I was completing my predoctoral internship in clinical psychology in 2008 when the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act went into effect. As a graduate student, I'd spent four years seeing cases practically for free as part of my training, and one unintended consequence was that on the brink of becoming a mental health professional, I'd had no exposure to the vagaries of insurance-supported treatment."
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    NIDA issues step-by-step guides for getting help with addictions
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
    The National Institute on Drug Abuse has developed step-by-step guides for people with loved ones who might have an addiction problem, or for people seeking to help themselves. They are in simple, "Q and A" format, and include easy-to-understand videos. The guides focus on the steps needed to determine if a person needs treatment; how to find it; what happens in treatment, how to find help paying for it; privacy issues and more. The guides are customized into four categories, (1) for teens seeking help, (2) for adults seeking help, (3) for parents or guardians seeking help for their teen or young adult child, and (4) for people trying to help an adult loved one.
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    New SHRM survey finds organizations unprepared for aging workforce
    Forbes
    A recent survey of HR professionals, part of a three-year national Aging Workforce Initiative by SHRM and the SHRM Foundation and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, reported that one-half of survey respondents said they track the percentage of their workers eligible to retire within the next one to two years, and 10 percent of employees would be eligible within two years. About one-third of HR professionals thought the potential loss of talent during the next one to two years would be a problem or a crisis for their industry and organization in the next six to 10 years.
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    Stress emerges as a grave concern for organizations
    Psych Central
    Stress has emerged as a grave concern for organizations, bearing a severe economic burden as employees respond to demands or pressures placed on them. Workplace stress has significant effects. For the individual, it leads to an increase in depression, anxiety and sleep disorders or lowered self-esteem and self-efficacy. For the organization, it often means increased attrition rates, absenteeism, reduced productivity and general organizational dysfunction.
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    CDC: Alcohol poisoning kills 6 a day, mostly middle-aged men
    The Associated Press
    To the surprise of even health officials, it turns out that most deaths from drinking too much involve middle-aged adults — not teens or college kids. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found six Americans die each day from alcohol poisoning. CDC officials said three-quarters of those deaths are adults ages 35 to 64, and most are men. CDC officials said they thought more would be younger.
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