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KUMC Employee And Student Drug Use and Alcohol Abuse Assistance Program

Policy
Purpose: 

It is in the best interests of the University, its employees, and its students to provide assistance to those with personal problems involving alcohol, drugs, family, marriage, finances, emotions, or other conditions which may interfere with work attendance, productivity, and the ability to get along with co-workers. The University believes that an effective Employee and Student Assistance Program encourages wellness and promotes efficiency of its faculty, staff, and student members.

Applies to: 

The KUMC's Employee and Student Assistance Program is designed to provide information, assessment and referral services to help faculty, staff, and student members identify problems and develop lifestyles that are physically and emotionally healthy.

Campus: 
Medical Center, Kansas City
Wichita
Salina
Policy Statement: 

The University of Kansas Medical Center is interested in the health and well-being of its faculty, staff, and students. At some time, members of the University community may be faced with a variety of personal problems which may affect their wellness and job performance. While some people attempt to deal with such problems on their own, there can be times when professional assistance can be helpful. 

The University has a policy to maintain a drug-free workplace because drug abuse in the workplace may cause serious harm to any employee's or student's health, work performance and social interactions. Accidents and injuries in the workplace are more likely to occur if drugs are used at work. Drug abuse is against the law, and the University may institute disciplinary proceedings for the use of controlled substances in the workplace or other violations of the drug-free workplace policy. To avoid these adverse situations, the University encourages its employees and students to seek counseling and assistance from on-campus and community resources.

The KU Medical Center's Employee and Student Assistance Program is designed to provide information, assessment and referral services to help faculty, staff, and student members identify problems and develop lifestyles that are physically and emotionally healthy. The University wants to encourage identification of problems at the earliest possible stage to motivate faculty, staff, and student members or their family to seek assistance.

There are a number of resources available to KU Medical Center employees and students for personal problems:

  1. The Department of Psychiatry offers a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services for the diagnosis and treatment of personal problems, including chemical dependency; the department is professionally staffed by psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers, and appointments may be made through the Psychiatry Clinic or individually through the private practices of these faculty members. Information about these services can be obtained by calling the Department of Psychiatry at 913-588-6580.
  2. The Kansas Medical Society offers confidential assistance to physicians, medical students, and residents suffering from chemical dependency as well as other forms of impairment through their Impaired Physician Program and Impaired Medical Student and Resident Program; the Kansas Medical Society can be reached (from Kansas) at 1-800-332-0156. Informational brochures about these programs can be obtained from the Student Center or the Dean's Office, School of Medicine.
  3. Also available to KU Medical Center students are services from the Counseling and Educational Support Services located on the ground floor of the Student Center, Room G116. These resources are staffed by professional-level or practicum therapists.
  4. The Kansas Nurses Assistance Program is contracted with the Kansas State Board of Nursing, to provide an opportunity for a nurse with alcohol or other drug problems or physical or psychological difficulties to obtain confidential assistance and, if patient care has been jeopardized, it is an alternative to disciplinary action by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Kansas Nurses Assistance Program may be reached at 913-236-7575 for assistance.
  5. An additional source of assistance for employees is the State Employee Assistance Program, a 24-hour, toll-free assistance line (1-888-275-1205, option 7, TDD 800-697-0353). The Employee Assistance Program is available to provide immediate help, assistance or guidance. For more information please refer to the Website: http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/healthquest/eapservices.html
  6. Faculty, staff, and student members may also contact or be referred to off-campus resources as appropriate. Counseling costs are often covered by health insurance with proper referral from the employee's or student's primary health care provider
  7. The decision to seek counseling may be that of the employee or student, or there may be situations where referral is recommended by a supervisor, instructor, or advisor when performance or behavior problems have been observed. A supervisor, instructor, or advisor should not attempt to diagnose a problem when a problem affecting productivity has been observed. Supervisors should encourage the faculty, staff, or student member to correct any employment deficiency and to seek professional assistance.
Consequences: 

Drug abuse is against the law, and the University may institute disciplinary proceedings for the use of controlled substances in the workplace or other violations of the drug-free workplace policy.

Contact: 

Human Resources 913-588-5080, KUMC Office of Student Life 913-588-6681

Approved by: 
Vice Chancellor for Administration
Approved on: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Effective on: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Definitions: 

Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, assistance, dependency 

Keywords: 
Drug abuse, alcohol abuse, assistance, dependency
Review, Approval & Change History: 

05/06/2016: Removed Date Last Reviewed

08/27/2015: Updated contact information.

05/22/2012: Approved by KUMC Vice Chancellor for Administration


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