BCPVPA Benefits Plan Early Intervention Program (Pilot)
The BCPVPA is pleased to announce a new program to support members of the BCPVPA benefits plan. The Early Intervention Program (EIP) will be piloted in six districts in 2018-2019 with the anticipation of gradual expansion to all sixty districts over the next 18 to 24 months. The goal of the EIP is to help members to remain healthy and well at work. The program will be administered by humanworks, an organization with extensive experience working with educators in the K-12 system.
The objective of the EIP is to support Benefits Plan members experiencing personal and/or professional disruption as a result of illness, injury, or disability. By participating in this program, the Plan members will be connected with an EIP Consultant who will equip them with the tools and resources they need to address their health-related challenges so that they can stay at work or resume their work roles in a safe and durable manner.
Eligibility & Referral Criteria
- 100% voluntary participation
- Member is employed by one of the designated Pilot Districts
- Chilliwack School District
- North Vancouver School District
- West Vancouver School District
- Sunshine Coast School District
- Bulkley Valley School District
- Greater Victoria School District
- Member must be enrolled in the BCPVPA LTD Benefits Plan
If you are unsure about your status and need to confirm your enrollment in the BCPVPA LTD Benefits Plan, please contact your school district’s Human Resource department.
- is working but anticipates they will be absent from work due to mental or physical health-related issues; or
- has identified that they require assistance in maintaining/managing their work role due to mental or physical health-related reasons; or
- is currently on sick-leave due to mental or physical health-related issues and is not in receipt of LTD benefits; or
- has experienced a critical or acute mental or physical health incident.
- Completed referral form (Download your form)
- Referrals can be made through three channels:
- Self-referral: Member self-refers by completing a referral form and submitting it directly to humanworks.
- BCPVPA or BCSSA: Member is informed of the EIP by a BCPVPA or BCSSA representative. The member then completes and submits a referral form directly to humanworks. On occasion, a BCPVPA or BCSSA representative may submit a referral on behalf of and with consent of the member.
- District referral: Member is informed of the EIP by a local professional association representative or a member of the district senior staff. The member then completes and submits a referral form directly to humanworks. On occasion, a local professional association representative or a member of the district senior staff may submit a referral on behalf of and with consent of the member.
** Regardless of the referral mechanism (ie. Self or third-party), the member’s participation in the EIP remains 100% voluntary. A member can withdraw from the program at any time.
There are no direct costs to BCPVPA LTD Benefits Plan Members to participate in the program. Members must meet eligibility criteria to qualify.
- What are the designated pilot districts?
There are currently six districts across the province of BC that have been invited to participate in the EIP Pilot. The districts represent a diverse group of urban, rural, small- and medium-sized districts. They are:
- SD 33: Chilliwack School District
- SD 44: North Vancouver School District
- SD 45: West Vancouver School District
- SD 46: Sunshine Coast School District
- SD 54: Bulkley Valley School District
- SD 61: Greater Victoria School District
- Why is the BCPVPA piloting this program?
Members of the BCPVPA Benefits Plan include principals, vice-principals and members of exempt staff at the district level. While the current benefits provided to plan members are good, the BCPVPA recognizes that accessing early support is key in mitigating the severity and disruptiveness of mental and physical health challenges. To better serve the mental and physical health needs of its plan members in an increasingly dynamic and challenging professional environment, the BCPVPA is piloting the EIP program to establish the foundations of a robust early support system.
At this time, the BCPVPA is piloting the program in a select number of districts to ensure the efficacy of the program design. Based on the knowledge gained through the pilot process, the BCPVPA will look to expand the EIP program province-wide over the next 18 to 24 months.
- I meet the eligibility criteria, what next?
If you meet the eligibility criteria to participate in the EIP Pilot, please complete a referral form (here) and submit it to humanworks at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contact Jack MacNeill, Kit Krieger, or your district’s EIP contacts for more information on how to submit a referral.
President & EIP Manager, Humanworks
|Kevin Reimer (July 1, 2018)
Executive Director, BCPVPA
- Who provides the support once I am engaged in the program?
Humanworks is a team of professional counsellors, consultants, and therapists with extensive experience in the K-12 sector in British Columbia. The Humanworks team has provided support at every professional level within the K-12 system – from CUPE staff and teachers to administrators, district leadership teams, and superintendents. The Humanworks team has cultivated strong and trusting relationships in many school districts across the province and has served as a valuable resource for the BC Principals & Vice-Principals’ Association over the last four years.
- What can I expect once my referral is submitted to participate in the BCPVPA Benefits Plan Early Intervention Program (Pilot)?
Once your referral is received by humanworks, an EIP Consultant will contact you by your preferred method of communication to confirm program eligibility and schedule an initial consultation. During the initial consultation, the EIP Consultant will review your case with you and provide guidance as to appropriate next steps to begin to address your specific challenges and barriers. Following the initial consultation, the EIP Consultant will develop a customized plan that will assist you in moving forward to address your personal wellness challenges in the context of your work role. The goal is that by the end of the program, you are appropriately resourced with the tools and skills necessary to remain healthy and durable in your work role.
- Will my participation in the EIP Pilot be kept confidential?
Maintaining the confidentiality of Plan members who choose to participate in the EIP Pilot is an important component of the program. Members’ personal information will not be shared without expressed consent by the member. Specific medical information will not be shared with the employer; however, functional information may be shared to assist with job accommodation or return to work with the member’s consent.
- How is the Early Intervention Program (EIP) different from my district’s Employee-Family Assistance Plan (EFAP)?
The EIP is an element of the benefits plan services provided for all Plan member. With its focus on early access, the EIP is designed to support plan members in the early stages of disability or illness to mitigate the severity and intensity of members’ health challenges. While participating in the EIP, the member works with an EIP Consultant, who provides direction and support regarding mental and physical health, return to work, and accommodation. The EIP Rehabilitation Consultants bring with them over a decade of experience working directly with administrators and other exempt staff in the public education sector; they have a thorough understanding of the health concerns of plan members and the challenges of their work roles.
An Employee Family Assistance Plan (EFAP) program is a general counselling support service provided to employees by their districts. An EFAP provider works exclusively with the employee and focusses on mental health concerns; which means they do not coordinate with other health service providers and they are not involved in organizing return to work activities with the employer.
In the context of the EIP, the EIP Consultant may suggest that the member consider accessing the counselling supports available to them through their district’s EFAP, as one possible option to address their mental health concerns. Additionally, the EIP Consultant will also work with the member to identify other appropriate health supports and coordinate with the employer regarding return to work and accommodation requirements, as needed.