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Employee Assistance Program

EAP 45 years strong logo. Planning the future, recognizing the past.

EAP - Celebrating 45 Years Strong

What began 45 years ago has evolved to focus on the emotional and physical health of state employees and their dependents.  EAP is a no-cost assessment, short-term counseling, and referral service providing a valuable resource for support and information during difficult times, as well as consultation on day-to-day concerns.  EAP also provides support for managers and supervisors dealing with workplace issues.  Most importantly, confidentiality is the hallmark of the program!

EAP continues to evolve, and there are more services and ways to access than ever before.  We are excited about how far we've come and anticipate that EAP's reach will continue to grow.

EAP Contact Information

Magellan Healthcare
Phone: 866-EAP-4SOC (866-327-4762)
TTY callers: 800-424-6117


As a State of California Employee, you and your eligible dependents have access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This program is provided by the State of California as part of the state’s commitment to promoting employee health and wellbeing. It is offered at no charge to the employee and provides a valuable resource for support and information during difficult times, as well as consultation on day-to-day concerns. EAP is an assessment, short-term counseling, and referral service designed to provide you and your family with assistance in managing everyday concerns.

If you need help, call the toll-free number at 866-327-4762 (TDD 800-424-6117). 

Customer service representatives are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to discuss your concerns and ensure that you receive the assistance you need. You may also contact your departmental EAP coordinator.

​Eligibility and Enrollment

Active state employees, their lawful spouse or registered domestic partner and unmarried dependent children are eligible to utilize EAP.  Children, natural, adopted, or step children under age 23 (EAP is not part of the “Affordable Care Act”), or any age if incapable of self-sustaining employment due to mental or physical disability.  Dependent children in the military are not eligible. 

Depending on your employment category, you are eligible for the number of clinical face-to-face sessions as listed in the eligibility table at

When both spouses or registered domestic partners are state employees, spouses or registered domestic partners and family members are entitled to the counseling services under each employee’s employment category.Enrollment in EAP is automatic.  You and your eligible family members are automatically covered in EAP when you begin state service.The State Compensation Insurance Fund manages their own EAP benefits and their employees are not eligible for these services unless they are bargaining unit 7 employees.


Confidentiality is the hallmark of the program, and is essential to the success of EAP. No one besides the person accessing EAP knows they’ve used the services. No reports are made except aggregate utilization reports that do not identify individuals. The legal exceptions are the same as those that guide all clinicians: if a member expresses intent to commit child or elder abuse; or expresses plausible suicidal or homicidal intent; or a court order.

Upcoming Events

​These workshops are free and available to all employees, reservations are not required.  Before planning to attend, employees should ensure supervisor's approval, and provide a two-week notice for special accommodations.  At many facilities, parking is not provided and employees should plan accordingly.  For questions or additional information, please contact your departmental EAP coordinator.  Check back frequently as new session may be added.

Types of Services

Life can be unpredictable and confusing. Through EAP you can seek assistance with many of the day-to-day struggles you may be experiencing. EAP can assist you with marriage, family, and relationship issues; emotional, personal and stress concerns; drug and alcohol abuse; healthy lifestyles; and work-life balance.


EAP offers face-to-face clinical counseling and telephone consultations to guide you through difficult times. Our online tools and tips provide information and resources on a broad array of topics such as emotional and physical wellbeing, workplace success, and achieving personal goals.

Messaging Therapy

Effective January 1, 2019, EAP will offer Messaging Therapy

Messaging Therapy enables you to send a message to your therapist anytime via your web browser or mobile app.  Employees and their dependents are eligible for up to four sessions.  A typical session is about one week.  These sessions do not count against your EAP clinical services.  For more information see the Messaging Therapy flyer | (PDF) | (RTF)

Work-Life Benefits

For many people, it’s a challenge to balance family life and work. We offer work-life solutions to everyday problems that include legal consultations, financial consultations, child and elder care, identity theft recovery, and education and career development.

EAP Core Service Flyers

Online Resources and Information

The website ( features hundreds of health and wellbeing tools. Learn to manage stress and stay motivated, set daily fitness and nutrition goals, track your progress, and make the small steps that lead to big change.

For more information please visit the following links:


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