It is a legal requirement that all EAP Clinicians and Staff members maintain strict confidentiality regarding your EAP contacts and participation. Keep in mind, however, that this legal requirement does not bind your supervisors or fellow employees. They have no obligation to keep confidential any information that you decide to share with them. Therefore the key to keeping your EAP involvement confidential is YOU.
* To keep your EAP appointments completely private, request "Sick Leave" using WebTA. Unless you are under a "Leave Restriction Letter", no other information can be required of you by your Supervisor in making EAP appointments.
* Be aware that the DEA Personnel Manual now allows you to preserve Sick or Annual Leave by requesting that your Supervisor grant you "Administrative Time Off" for your EAP appointment. "However", to make the request you will have to notify them of your EAP participation and they can ask for documentation that your time away from the office was used for an EAP session.
* Whenever possible, keep your EAP visits private! Never unnecessarily tell someone of your EAP involvement unless you are prepared to have that information shared with others.
* Do not report post-trauma Clinical Briefings with an EAP Clinician on your SF-86 (Security Clearance Renewal). It is not required. They are education sessions like EAP Trainings.
* Do not report EAP marital, family or grief counseling on your SF-86. It is not required.
* Read the "Release of Information" on the SF-86 before you sign it. Understand that there is only one question that may be asked by investigators about your EAP participation ("Is this person a threat to National Security?")
* Call the EAP Headquarters Staff (202-307-8160) with any additional questions you have regarding your EAP Confidentiality.