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NEW LIFELINK PROGRAM HELPS COMPANIES, EMPLOYEES OVERCOME ECONOMIC TURBULENCE

 NEW LIFELINK PROGRAM HELPS COMPANIES,
 EMPLOYEES OVERCOME ECONOMIC TURBULENCE
 LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- An Orange County-based behavioral health care company recently introduced a service that helps companies and their employees handle layoffs and other changes triggered by the recession.
 Officials at LifeLink, one of the nation's largest behavioral health care companies, said the new service -- offered through its Employee Assistance Program (EAP) -- was designed to help soften the emotional blow of layoffs and other company changes on both companies and their employees. Elements of the service range from helping a company and its employees prepare for imminent "corporate restructuring" -- i.e., layoffs -- to crisis intervention caused by layoffs and other changes.
 LifeLink offers a network of psychologists and counselors who confidentially help employees overcome stress-related and substance abuse problems before they become physical illnesses, according to Colleen Crommett, LifeLink vice president.
 "A growing number of companies are learning the value of tending to their employees' well-being by providing early treatment of their problems," Crommett said. "The new service provided through LifeLink's EAP is designed to help companies and employees deal with pending layoffs and other corporate upheavals, which can cause a tremendous amount of stress both at work and at home."
 Ideally, companies will use the new service as a preventive step, in advance of corporate restructuring, according to Jim Farris, Ph.D., director of LifeLink EAP.
 "For instance, a company would contact us two or three months before it anticipated layoffs or employee restructuring," Farris said. "Through the new service, we help the company establish open and effective lines of communication with employees, so that they understand the actions the company is taking, why it is taking them and how it will affect them."
 The goal of LifeLink's new service, Farris said, is to help companies to turn layoffs and other changes "into positive aspects of change for both the company and employees."
 LifeLink EAP counselors will intercede in crises as well, Farris said. For example, counselors recently defused a potentially violent situation involving an employee who had been laid off. The former employee called his company and threatened to harm himself and his former colleagues, Farris said.
 The company, which contracts with LifeLink, immediately contacted LifeLink officials. Counselors stepped in and defused the situation.
 Crommett and Farris said one of the most valuable aspects of LifeLink's service is that it enables companies to show concern for their employees.
 "Employees are a company's most valuable resource, in both good times and not so good times," Farris said. "During unstable economic times, it's especially important that employees view their company -- and themselves -- in a positive light, for both to succeed. Our new service is designed to help employees view their company as prepared to challenge the marketplace, not be crippled by it."
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 /CONTACT: Colleen Crommett, VP-sales, marketing administration, 714-859-7920; or James Farris, director of LifeLink EAP, 714-835-4171, both of LifeLink/ CO: LifeLink ST: California IN: HEA SU:


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