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IT'S OUR JOB

TO PROTECT YOURS

Your

Job

Health

Family

all come first

Union First provides job protection and behavioral health services to union members, public employees and their families.

UNION FIRST PROGRAM

Job Protection

100% Confidentiality

Behavioral Health Services

DUI Advocacy

Case Management

Customizable Treatment Plans

Dedicated Professionals

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Don't let behaviorial health issues threaten your career. Make us your first call.

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Our team leverages decades of experience, professional credentials, and passion to ensure that the Union First program puts our members first every step of the way. 
 
-  Candice Winikoff, 

Vice President, Business Development, Delphi Behavioral Health Group

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ABOUT

Union First is an employee assistance service that provides job protection and behavioral health services to union members, public employees and their families.

The Union First program is built upon the premise that “your job, health, and family all come first.” That’s the commitment we make to everyone we serve. From the moment a call is made to our 1-800 number to the day a member returns to work, every decision is driven by these factors.

Under the program, members are provided with job protection, case management, placement, advocacy, and training services. Details on specific services are below.

Union First is a service of Delphi Behavioral Health Group.


Our No.1 job is to protect yours. It’s that simple.
 
-  David Stup, 

Vice President, National Accounts, Delphi Behavioral Health Group

SERVICES

The breadth and width of services offered via the Union First program are in direct response to the needs of our members. Each service plays a vital part in a larger spectrum.


Job Protection

It was Thomas Edison who once said, “There is no substitute for hard work.”

It took “hard work” for our members and their families to secure their good-paying jobs and to solidify a career. The Union First© team knows this - and we take that very seriously.

Our team of doctors, counselors, and professionals are prepared 24/7 to address your behavioral health needs and protect your job. You don’t have to go it alone. You don’t have to hunt and peck your way through a minefield of data.

Alcoholism, PTSD, addiction, DUI, and mental health don’t need to result in job loss. Professionals are on standby. Ask the question. Pick-up the phone and call. Learn about your choices. Education is key.

Case Management

No one wants to be treated like a number. Each case receives individual attention. Our team of established professionals manages your case with compassion, professionalism, and absolute confidentiality.

Every step of the way, we guide you through the process, answering every question, covering every detail and offering the utmost amount of care. When life seems uncertain, there’s nothing more assuring than having a seasoned professional on the other end of the phone, across the table, or at your side.

 From inpatient to intensive outpatient to aftercare, we case manage you through the entire process, ensuring that you have the support you need to get healthy and, ultimately, return to work. It’s not just what we do; it’s what Union First means.

Placement

To someone struggling with addiction, identifying the right facility to seek help can be overwhelming. Do they accept my insurance? Do they offer the services I require? Is there a residential component? All of these questions and more can discourage individuals from reaching out.

At Union First, we utilize a national network of more than 15 licensed treatment centers, including detox, residential and intensive outpatient (IOP). Each center has its own benefits and features. Our team will assess your case and make a placement recommendation based upon your individual needs.

Placement is an important step in the job protection process. Once a member is placed in a facility, we can then send a “placement in treatment” letter to the employer as part of our job protection service. This brings members one step closer to returning to work and their families.

Advocacy

One in five U.S. adults experience mental illness, according to the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Further, one in 25 experiences serious mental illness. The numbers don’t lie -- there’s a significant portion of the population that has mental health needs.

When it comes to your job, there is no greater need than having an advocate at your side. PTSD. Substance Abuse. Alcoholism. Bipolar Disorder. All of these fall under behavioral health -- and they’re all covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Most union members and their families, unfortunately, are unaware of the rights afforded to them under federal law. We get it, though. We also get how to fight and utilize state and federal laws.

The passion and professionalism that the Union First team brings to bear is the fuel that powers results for union members and their families. It what gets us up in the morning, keeps us humble, and pushes us to do more.

Training

Education is a fundamental component of our training modules. It may sound cliche’ - but it matters.

The Union First© training modules provide union leaders and their membership with the tools they need to manage a crisis, handle stress, and provide a robust employee assistance service.

Our team comes on-site to conduct the training. “Informative”, “compelling”, and “eye-opening” are just some of the words that have been used to describe our program. The training is informative, compelling, and helps to facilitate a conversation. A slideshow presentation, resource materials, and Q&A are included in the module.

Each training raises awareness about behavioral health, especially when it comes to identifying the signs and symptoms. Much like education, increasing awareness is critical to our program’s overall success.

WHY?

Why? As in, Why does this matter? We’re asked this question everywhere we go. Each time we say two things: (1) look around and (2) we have a story.

Let us explain.

Look around, right now. Someone in your office, at home, or in your union hall, is struggling with something so powerful that it’s taken a grip on their life. It’s taken over their life. And this grip is nearly unbreakable. Yet, you can break it - and make a herculean difference in this person’s life. How? By tapping them on the shoulder and asking, “What’s going on? Are you ok? Can I help?”

This brief interaction can change the trajectory of that person’s life. Everywhere we turn these days, someone has a story to share. We have one of our own.

About three years ago, a South Jersey teacher went out on a Saturday night with her girlfriends to a club in Philadelphia, PA. She took the train in and out, returning to her car at 2:30 a.m. She chose to drive home. Twenty minutes into her drive down 295, she got pulled over, took a breathalyzer test and blew a .14. She was issued a DUI and arrested.

On Monday, she chose to go to school, giving off the appearance that nothing took place. Her fellow teachers and the administration went about business as usual. Then, on that Tuesday, she confided in a fellow second-year teacher that she had, in fact, received a DUI over the weekend.

On Thursday, that second-year teacher went to happy hour with the principal and accidentally disclosed (after her third martini) that their colleague received a DUI over the weekend.

The result? The following day, the principal removed the teacher from her classroom, escorted her to the nurse's office, and demanded that she speak to the administration’s employee assistance professional (EAP). Vulnerable, upset, and caught off guard, the teacher complied and disclosed everything to the administration.

Within less than 30 days, the district’s board of education summarily fired the teacher, relieving her of her duties.

The teacher made two regrettable mistakes. One, she didn’t know that the union contract protected her in these types of situations, even though she didn’t have tenure. And two, due to one, she could have called her union building representative, and they would have directed her to the union employee assistance service, like ours, and her job would have been saved.


WHY?


Why? As in, Why does this matter? We’re asked this question everywhere we go. Each time, we say two things: (1) look around and (2) we have a story.

Let us explain. Look around, right now, someone in your office, at home, or in your union hall, is struggling with something so powerful that it’s taken a grip on their life. It’s taken over their life. And this grip is nearly unbreakable. Yet, you can break it - and make a herculean difference in this person’s life. How? By tapping them on the shoulder and asking, “What’s going on? Are you ok? Can I help?”

This brief interaction can change the trajectory of that person’s life. Everywhere we turn these days someone has a story to share. We have one of our own.

About three years ago a South Jersey teacher went out on a Saturday night with her girlfriends to a club in Philadelphia, PA. She took the train in and out, returning to her car at 2:30 a.m. She chose to drive home.Twenty minutes into her drive down 295 she got pulled over, took a breathalyzer test and blew a .14. She was issued a DUI and arrested.

On Monday, she chose to go to school, giving off the appearance that nothing took place. Her fellow teachers and the administration went about business as usual. Then, on that Tuesday, she confided in a fellow second-year teacher that she had, in fact, received a DUI over the weekend.

On Thursday, that second-year teacher went to happy hour with the principal and accidentally disclosed (after her third martini) that their colleague received a DUI over the weekend.

The result? The following day, the principal removed the teacher from her classroom, escorted her to the nurses office, and demanded that she speak to the administration’s employee assistance professional (EAP). Vulnerable, upset, and caught off guard, the teacher complied and disclosed everything to the administration.

Within less than 30 days, the district’s board of education summarily fired the teacher, relieving her of her duties.

The teacher made two regrettable mistakes. One, she didn’t know that the union contract protected her in these types of situations, even though she didn’t have tenure. And two, due to one, she could have called her union building representative and they would have directed her to the union employee assistance service, like ours, and her job would have been saved.

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