The number of sessions that you are eligible for is determined by collective bargaining. Each face-to-face session lasts approximately 50 minutes and the specific number of sessions you and your dependents are eligible to receive is based on your employment category. When both spouses or registered domestic partners are state employees, both partners and family members are entitled to the counseling services under each employee’s employment category. Group counseling sessions of standard duration with one counselor are counted as one session.
The state has three benefit categories and three different benefit designs which are determined by bargaining units. These are per contract year, July 1 – June 30.
Bargaining Units 5 and 7 employees and all exempt, managerial, supervisory, and confidential employees of the California Highway Patrol.*
Bargaining Unit 7 employees (R07), managers (M07), supervisors (S07), and confidential employees (C07) in any other department.*
Bargaining Unit 6 employees (R06), managers (M06), supervisors (S06), and confidential employees (C06).
Bargaining Unit 8 employees (R08), managers (M08), supervisors (S08), and confidential employees (C08) including seasonal and intermittent firefighters.
All California Highway Patrol, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (State Fire Marshall), and Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation employees (unless listed in Level 1 above).
All other employees.