The Employee Assistance Unit strictly adheres to rules of CONFIDENTIALITY, protecting the privacy of anyone who reaches out to us.
Procedurally, there are 2 events that EIU peer counselors cannot keep confidential:
CONFIDENTIALITY CANNOT BE MAINTAINED IF:
- A person poses a clear and present danger to him or herself, or others.
- He or she has committed, confessed to, or revealed details of a serious crime.
When any one of the above revelations is made to an EAU peer counselor, he or she must make the appropriate notifications.
Some important things to note:
- EAU peer counselors do not take notes of any kind during or after a “one-on-one” consultation that is voluntarily initiated by a member of the service.
- If the member of the service is on duty at the time of the consultation, a record is maintained only to verify the MOS’s whereabouts. Details of the interview are NOT recorded.
- Current federal and state Laws do not protect the confidentiality of any EAP (Employee Assistance Program) contact as it does for mental health professionals, lawyers, or clergy.