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About EAP

ABOUT the Employee Assistance Program E.A.P.
The Frances Dubose Batiste Memorial Employee Assistance Program at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center was founded in 1984. It takes its name from a former and now deceased President of CSEA Local 626, here at Downstate, who was instrumental in brining an EAP to our institution. Unfortunately, Ms. Batiste passed away before the Program was fully implemented. It was decided that a fitting tribute to her hard work and dedication would be to name the Program after her. Today, the EAP still bears her name.

The EAP was initiated in response to the growing demand for a service that could offer all employees a confidential setting in which to discuss personal issues, and to get the necessary help. SUNY Downstate is one of a handful of State facilities to have a full-time EAP Director on staff. Most other facilities have only part-time staff, who fulfill other roles in addition to their EAP responsibilities.

The Program is a joint labor-management program,

OUR MISSION
Our mission is to provide a comprehensive worksite-based program to assist employees in the prevention, early intervention, and resolution of problems which may impact on job performance. These problems may include (but are not limited to) family, marital, stress, financial, grief, alcohol/drugs, domestic violence, emotional or legal issues.

The goals of the Downstate Employee Assistance Program are:

• To improve the health and well-being of our employees
• To reduce the impact of personal and job-related problems on employee productivity
• To offer supervisory and administrative staff training and information on assisting employees with problems
• To support Downstate policies for maintaining a safe and healthy workplace
• To work closely with the EAP Advisory Committee, and the New York State Employee Assistance Program to serve our employees and maintain good relations with labor and management.

The EAP is a voluntary program, designed to offer a highly professional, confidential source of information and referrals for people with personal problems or concerns


photo of Lorraine Brooks

Lorraine Brooks, MPH – Director of the Employee Assistance Program, is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), Credentialed Tobacco Addiction Counselor (CTAC), and an Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (ASAC). She has received specialized training in Critical Incident Stress Intervention, Grief Counseling, and prevention of trauma and violence in the workplace. She holds additional certification from the U.S. Department of Transportation as a Substance Abuse Professional under the Federal Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991.

She is a member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) (where she serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee and Co-Chair of the Women’s Issues Committee for the Long Island Chapter); Employee Assistance Society of North America; National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Counselors; and the New York Federation of Alcoholism Counselors. She holds a faculty appointment at Brooklyn College, and serves as a private consultant to small businesses establishing drug-free workplace policies

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