Employee Assistance Program

This confidential service is provided to State employees who face personal matters that adversely affect their job performance.   Supervisors are encouraged to refer employees when an employee’s personal  matters negatively impact work performance.  The goal of the Program is to provide assistance to the employee and maintain satisfactory job performance.  PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM IS COMPLETELY VOLUNTARY, AND IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO EMPLOYEES.

Employees who are referred to the EAP will be scheduled for an initial assessment with an EAP counselor.  Initial assessment session(s) are considered work-time and no fee or leave is charged to the employee for attendance.  However, an employee who continues treatment beyond the initial assessment period, becomes responsible for any fees associated with subsequent treatment and the employee must begin to use accrued leave if receiving treatment during work hours.

Since the EAP accepts management referrals only, employees who are not experiencing job performance problems, but feel the need for counseling, are encouraged to contact their health care provider directly to arrange to receive it. 

Also, the EAP is an essential part of the State’s initiative to eliminate the impact of Domestic Violence issues.  Employees experiencing domestic violence are encouraged to contact the EAP Office for guidance.  Employees may also find helpful resources through Judiciary's Domestic Violence Webpage.

Please be assured that job security and promotional opportunities will not be jeopardized by an employee’s participation in the EAP.  Information will not be released without the expressed written consent of the employee.

American Psychiatric Systems (APS)

APS is the mental health and substance abuse benefits administrator for all State of Maryland employees, retirees and dependents enrolled in the PPO or POS medical plans.  Information and self-help are available from their website at www.APSHelpLink.com.    APS is also the administrator utilized for the State of Maryland’s Employee Assistance Program.

You will need the State of Maryland Company Code in order to fully access the APS website.

To  access the APS website:

*  Go directly to the site at www.APSHelpLink.com

*  The State of Maryland Company Code is SOM2002, which is also located on the back cover of your State Open Enrollment Book.

*  If you need help in accessing or navigating the website, call APS at 1-877-239-1458 for assistance.