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    United Methodists of Upper New YorkLiving the Gospel. Being God's Love.

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    Employee Assistance Programs available

    March 20, 2019 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    Did you know that The Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefit for its employees? There are two EAP plans offered. Both plans are confidential and are provided at no cost to the participant. The EAP plan you are enrolled in depends on your employment status and whether you are enrolled in HealthFlex.

    Employee Assistance Program for employees enrolled in Healthflex Medical Benefits:

    Employees enrolled in HealthFlex Medical Benefits through Blue Cross/Blue Shield are automatically enrolled in the Employee Assistance Program. The EAP program through Healthflex Medical Benefits provides eight free counseling sessions/per person/per issue (Examples of issues are: divorce, work related stress, grief counseling, etc.).

    Click here for HealthFlex EAP brochure.

    For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (866) 881-6800 or visit

    Employee Assistance Program for Select Employees:

    The Upper New York Conference of the United Methodist Church has contracted with ESI Employee Assistance Group to provide a confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to the following groups of employees.

    • Part time clergy appointed to local churches
    • Supply pastors appointed to local churches
    • Active clergy over the age of 65
    • Clergy on incapacity leave
    • Part-time year-round Conference employees
    • Conference employees who waived medical insurance

    The EAP provided by ESI Employee Assistance Group is a confidential resource which includes the following benefits:

    • Unlimited telephonic counseling
    • Up to three in-person counseling sessions per issue
    • Work/Life benefits such as other personal, legal, and financial issues
    • Self-Help Resources
    • Personal and Professional Coaching
    • Lifestyle benefits
    • Career Development and Training benefits
    • Wellness Benefits

    Click here for an ESI/Total Care EAP brochure.

    Click here for an ESI/Total Care EAP video.

    Participants are enrolled automatically upon becoming eligible and will receive a memo from the Conference Human Resources department with information on how to register on

    For more information or to access any of the benefits provided by ESI EAP, call 800-252-4555 or visit

    If you have any questions regarding either Employee Assistance Program (EAP), please contact Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist, at (315) 898-2017 or email at

    TAGGED / Benefits and Administrative Services

    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."