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WSVMA member benefit offers counseling support for the entire team and their families

Everyone occasionally experiences personal and family-related problems which can make life a difficult balancing act. According to a recent AVMA article, 59% of distressed veterinarians and 65% of distressed support staff said they needed mental health treatment in the last year but did not get it. What if getting that support is easy to access, something confidential that’s offered through your practice for the entire team and their dependents?

The Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA) has chosen to provide a professional counseling resource which is compassionate and responsive in assisting you through difficult times and situations. Stress due to unresolved personal problems, family concerns, or problems with substance misuse impose emotional burdens which, if untreated, can deteriorate both your personal happiness and success in life.

CorpCare Associates, Inc., your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider, uses fully licensed and credentialed counselors, located nationally, offering convenient appointments times including day, evening and weekend. Telehealth counseling is also available. All EAP counselors are carefully selected and have years of clinical experience. When meeting with an EAP counselor, you are guaranteed a caring and professional experience. Assistance is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Through your association membership, you get a steep discount to these benefits. For small companies with under 100 employees, the typical cost of an EAP plan is thousands of dollars. We can offer these low-cost plans due to the aggregate membership; we treat all hospitals and clinics as if it were one large company. Hospitals can choose from a three (3) or five (5) session model. Employees and their dependents each get either (3) or five (5) counseling sessions per year based on your practices chosen plan. Those sessions are specifically for counseling: the phone call to start the process doesn’t count as a session, a consultation with an attorney is a separate service, the work-life benefits are all independent and in addition to counseling.

Once you sign up your hospital, you will receive digital promotional materials, including flyers and a brochure. You, your employees, and dependents will then have access to all the EAP benefits for your benefit year: July 1 – June 30. Renewal is not automatic, so when you are notified in June that it is time for renewal, you can choose to renew, cancel, or even change the session plan if you prefer.

With the Great Resignation, research is finding that employees are focused on finding employers who put their needs first and make them feel valued. Besides pay, employees value a positive culture, sense of purpose, and mental health/wellbeing benefits. You can help create these key factors for your team with an EAP.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the WSVMA at [email protected]. This benefit is exclusive to members. Not a member? Become one today to take advantage of this amazing program!


Posted December 2, 2022