Jennifer Foley is leading a triage team of trained clinicians on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to connect members with a variety of services to promote whole health, including new virtual wellness and counseling experience. Foley, the interim senior manager of the employee Center of Excellence triage team, uses her experience as a former lifestyle coach with the EAP where she is responsible for managing clinicians and working with the account executives, sales team members, and executive leadership. Foley is based out of Davenport, Iowa, and has worked for Magellan Health since January 2012. As someone who is self-proclaimed “EAP for life,” Foley lives by the mission of focusing on overall wellness. Between her team, and help from various app partnerships, she can connect members with the help they need when they ask for it.
Q: What kind of projects are you working on now?
A: I manage a group of clinicians who talk to our members on the phone or over chat. We have a lot of amazing things happening with the core changes for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). We recently had more services set up for our entire book of business, which is an exciting transition for us to be adding onto the services we offer for most of our companies. We focus on connecting with members and making sure they have the best possible experience in asking for help and a true understanding of all the services available to them to determine what their next best steps are. We are constantly growing and evolving to do that efficiently and effectively. Recently, we had someone call in and speak with one of our team members whose father had just passed away and explained that they were conflicted about it because he was their primary abuser and in prison for most of his life for that, so there was no relationship once he was released. They had learned of his passing because they were his primary beneficiary. One of this person’s primary stressors was that their father was a veteran, and they didn’t know what the next steps would be. My team was able to connect that person with the VA office and with the appropriate counseling. One of the best descriptions of my team is that we’re focused on overall wellness. We support you through the emotional impact and work together to get you to a place where you feel supported, connected, and have all the resources you need. We really do think outside the box and collaborate. That’s why EAP is so amazing, you’re able to look at the whole picture and work with companies who want to take care of employees and their family members to get their needs met.
A: Do you have any other examples of people you’ve helped that you could share?
Q: When someone calls in, they’re able to talk to us in that moment about whatever is going on. We use motivational interview techniques to really get to know them and understand what’s happening in their lives. Another recent call we had came from someone just over the age of 18 explaining that he was calling because a lot of people told him to; most important to him was his parents. We asked him why he wanted to call, he said he’s unsure how he feels about a lot of people telling him he needs help, and he was willing to talk about how he was feeling. That’s one of the amazing things about this, we’re not here to tell someone what they need to do, we’re here to tell them what their options are. He did disclose that he feels like he’s been drinking too much alcohol, he felt like he was using it as a coping mechanism. We were able to help connect him with a counselor, our online self-care platform, MyStrength that is intuitive and guides him through specific exercises to reduce his alcohol use, get him with our Life Enrichement Program that helped him find nearby gyms he could join and use exercise as a coping skill with his friends where he could also socialize without drinking. A lot of times when people think about the EAP they only think of counseling, and while there certainly is counseling, we also provide many other services like, lifestyle coaching, financial resources, identify theft resolution, legal consultations, life enrichment services, and the self-care wellness and resiliency platform. These services are often utilized together to provide the best overall support.
Q: Why is Magellan Health the best place for this?
A: I am EAP for life, I can’t think of a better way to spend my day than to work with these companies and help our members find their next best steps. Magellan Health stands out because our people are truly passionate about what they do. To be able to work with team members who care about what we’re doing and how we can help people means the world.
Q: What are your thoughts on the culture here at Magellan Health and how does it impact the work you do?
A: I do think the culture here is truly the best. It is the most supportive environment. We operate where mistakes can be easily made and miscommunication can happen. The team looks at it in an understanding way. We are all working toward the common goal of promoting overall wellness. Magellan Health’s response to COVID-19 was amazing. We made sure we had the best services to offer our members by bringing on a virtual platform that doubled the number of sessions held per month by recognizing this need in society. This makes me proud to be with Magellan. Just making sure we’re meeting every need on a plethora of services, I’m looking forward to that continued help and development. I’m so excited about our future and know the best is yet to come.
Q: Can you tell me more about the EAP’s app partnerships?
A: We partner with a few and then also have others that we recommend on the website. We work with the app BetterHelp; they’ve been a good virtual platform to partner with to provide additional counseling services. Prior to COVID-19, we offered traditional face-to-face services. We partnered with BetterHelp to be able to have online scheduling for therapeutic scheduled chats on Teams, video counseling, telephonic counseling, and texts. We’ve had about 6,000 sessions a month on this one platform. Being able to pivot and do what we need to do to ensure our members have the best care possible has made this a great partnership. MyStrength is another app-based program we’ve partnered with. Members can log into the app and create a profile. It helps them with pinpointing the things they might want to work on physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It meets what you need and tracks your overall progress. It’s very user friendly and recognizes if things become more serious, it will then refer you to Magellan Health’s clinician triage team.
Learn more about Magellan Health’s EAP here.
Read more about Magellan Health’s EAP here.