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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-295


[4 PA. CODE CH. 1]


[27 Pa.B. 1007]

State Employe Assistance Program

December 20, 1996

   Whereas, the Commonwealth is committed to maintaining an efficient and productive workforce to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania; and

   Whereas, the Commonwealth, as an employer, is therefore concerned with the well-being and job performance of its employes; and

   Whereas, abuse of alcohol or other controlled drugs and emotional, family, financial, marital, or personal problems can adversely affect the employe's personal life, reduce the quality and productivity of job performance, and contribute significantly to escalating health care costs; and

   Whereas, workplace trauma such as serious injuries, sudden deaths, and violence can adversely affect the emotional well-being of employes and the productivity of the workforce; and

   Whereas, employes addicted to alcohol or other controlled drugs suffer from a treatable illness and should receive consideration equal to anyone else with a health problem; and

   Whereas, personal or other problems which are adequately evaluated and treated can restore the employe to acceptable levels of job performance and behavior; and

   Whereas, cooperative intervention of management, unions, and employes can be effective in addressing employe problems which adversely affect the employe's personal life or job performance; and

   Whereas, supervisors, employes, and union representatives need assistance in how to effectively intervene with a troubled employe and encourage the use of confidential services; and

   Whereas, employe assistance programs have proven to be effective in the private and public sectors by providing the employe and employer with the necessary assistance to resolve problems which are detrimental to employe lives and job security.

   Now, Therefore, I, Thomas J. Ridge, Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and other laws, do hereby authorize the continuation of the State Employe Assistance Program.

Annex A





§ 1.351.  Purpose.

   (a)  To provide a comprehensive evaluation, referral and treatment system to address the abuse of alcohol and other controlled drugs, and emotional, family, financial, marital and other personal problems which adversely affect the employe's personal life or job performance.

   (b)  To provide confidential consultation to managers, supervisors, union representatives and employes on how to effectively intervene.

   (c)  To provide timely, professional onsite services to address the emotional impact of traumatic events which occur in the workplace.

§ 1.352.  Duties and responsibilities.

   (a)  The Office of Administration, Bureau of Personnel, shall be responsible for the administration of this Program.

   (b)  The Secretary of Administration shall develop and publish directives to implement this subchapter. The directives are to delineate policy and the responsibilities of each agency head, supervisor and employe.

   (c)  The Secretary of Administration shall ensure the efficient and effective coordination of service between the State Employe Assistance Program, other Commonwealth programs and health care coverage.

§ 1.353.  Rescission.

   Executive Order 1991-6, State Employe Assistance Program, is rescinded.


   Fiscal Note:  GOV 97-4. No fiscal impact; (8) recommends adoption.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-295. Filed for public inspection February 28, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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