JOINT BASE SAN-ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas — The Air Force Department expanded its employee assistance program on October 1, following a recent contract award by the Air Force Installation and Procurement Center.
The program, required by the Air Force Chief of Staff, provides a variety of services and support to civilian DAF employees and their families, including:
• Educational and motivating activities
• Referral, monitoring and follow-up services
• Consultation and coaching in behavioral health
• Short-term, solution-oriented advice
• Support for the management of critical incidents
“This is an essential resource to support our civilian workforce which is easily accessible and provided at no cost to the employee or their family member,” said Danna Plewe, EAP program manager at the ‘Air Force. “Anywhere, anytime, AF EAP is there to help. ”
The $ 30 million contract, awarded to historic contractor Magellan Federal, spans five years and enhances overseas EAP support at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and the Royal Air Force in Lakenheath, England, said JoAnn Parks, contract manager for the 771st Corporate Supply Squadron for the award.
“EAP helps solve problems in the fastest, least restrictive, and most convenient way while minimizing costs and maintaining confidentiality,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Stephens, commander of the 771st ESS.
Under the contract, services and support are available year round by phone, Internet and in person.
The new Air Force contract changes the DAF program from a task order under the Department of the Navy’s EAP contract to an Air Force-only contract, giving the Air Force full autonomy over its program, Parks said.
Initial plans called for a Department of Defense-wide acquisition, Stephens explained, but the planned solution did not meet DAF requirements and led to the 771st task.
“We received the requirement in early May, which was really the last possible moment for us to get a contract of this magnitude done in time to avoid downtime,” said Stephens.
“JoAnn, the contracting officer who performed the source selection, and her team did a great job making sure everything was done on time, ensuring that this valuable service to civilian employees of DAF and their families continues uninterrupted. “
For more information on the Air Force EAP program, visit www.afpc.af.mil/eap and scroll to the bottom of the page or call 866-580-9078.