Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program is a free, confidential, voluntary consultation referral service.

The service provides confidential information, assessment, and referral services to NYS employees, their families, and retirees for a wide range of issues including work, family, finances, health & well-being, mental health, addiction, and stress.

SUNY Maritime College's EAP Coordinator is available to provide assistance and support to employees that promote a healthy approach both in and out of the workplace.

  • Relationship issues
  • Gambling
  • Grief and loss
  • Mental health issues
  • Retirement
  • Financial and legal concerns
  • Stress
  • Emotional or behavioral disorders
  • Work-related issues
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Child care and elder care
  • Domestic violence
  • Housing
  • Health and wellness
  • Balancing life's demands

The EAP Coordinator at SUNY Maritime College is Ms. Deborah Fountain-Toomer who may be reached at 718-319-1007 or via email at eap@sunymaritime.edu

Additional contacts for EAP may be available here, or via (800) 822-0244 (24/7) or at NYSEAP@EAP.NY.GOV.

Work-Life Services (WLS)

Work-Life Services are five negotiated benefits programs for executive branch employees resulting from a collaboration between New York State and the public employee unions. These programs are designed to increase employee productivity and morale by improving the quality of work and life for employees and include:

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Worksite Child Care Centers
  • Flex Spending Account
  • NYS-Ride
  • Pre-Retirement Planning

Click here for more information.

Workshops and Programs

EAP is committed to providing SUNY Maritime College employees with various opportunities to enhance their health and well-being. In addition to the Assessment and Referral Service, EAP offers opportunities to participate in wellness programs designed to meet the needs and interests of the university community. 

Check the campus calendar for upcoming EAP events. Most programs are free of charge, unless otherwise specified.

If you have suggestions for wellness programs, lunch and learn, or ideas that support the EAP programming efforts at SUNY Maritime College, please email Ms. Deborah Fountain Toomer at eap@sunymaritime.edueap@sunymaritime.edu.

Employee Assistance Program FAQ

Is EAP confidential?

Yes. Information shared with the EAP Coordinator regarding your situation is kept completely confidential. The EAP Coordinator recognizes the sensitivity of personal situations and will not release any information regarding an employee's personal issue or concern.

Who is eligible to request EAP services?

All current employees of SUNY Maritime College, their immediate families, and SUNY Maritime College retirees and their immediate families are eligible to use EAP services.

Who may be referred to EAP?

Employees may be encouraged by supervisors, co-workers, union representatives, and/or Human Resources personnel to contact the EAP for information or referral for help. The EAP program is a voluntary program. Even if an employee is referred to the EAP by a manager, department chair or supervisor, it remains the employee's decision whether or not to use the services of the EAP.

Of noteworthy mention: Referral to the EAP, regardless of the source of such referral, does not take the place of any disciplinary actions imposed by SUNY Maritime College or an individual department.

Is my supervisor notified?

A supervisor is not notified when an employee voluntarily comes to EAP for help. Your information is confidential.

If a supervisor refers an employee to EAP, the supervisor is only told that you have contacted EAP, not of any details regarding your situation.

How can I access an EAP referral?

Employees may be referred by supervisors, Human Resources personnel, union representative, or other interested parties.

To schedule an appointment with SUNY Maritime's EAP Coordinator, call (718) 319-1007 or email eap@sunymaritime.edu.

What type of services can EAP help with?

The EAP program provides professional assistance in dealing with a broad range of problems, including but not limited to: abuse of alcohol or other drugs, emotional or behavioral disorders, childcare or eldercare issues, family and marital discord, work-related problems, mental health issues, stress, balancing life's demands, grief and loss, financial and legal concerns, or domestic violence issues to name a few. 

For a full list of services offered by EAP, click here.

How do I pay for further counseling or assistance if I need it?

Most employees have insurance to assist in paying for necessary services. The EAP Coordinator will assist you in answering questions regarding service providers associated with your referral. There is no charge for EAP services.