EASNA Advocacy Committee Chair Dan McCarthy proudly reports that EASNA President Francois Legault, also an Advocacy Committee member, have met twice with Harold Albrecht, an elected member of the House of Commons, to inform him and his office on EAPs and the important role they play in preventing, early identification and directing and supporting individuals (employees and their family members) to access the appropriate health and social services as required to address those factors contributing to suicide ideation and acts.
Bill C-300, a private member’s bill, proposes a federal framework for suicide prevention in Canada. The bill has gone through successful readings with near unanimous support at the House of Commons and at the Senate as of June 18. Another two readings are needed before the bill becomes law.
Once a law, the measure may present opportunities for EAPs and EASNA to contribute to partnerships and collaboration with the Federal authority responsible for monitoring and reporting on suicide and suicide prevention in Canada, as well as opportunities to promote and expand EAPs for greater access by Canadian workers and their families.
The EASNA Advocacy Committee’s mission is to represent and advance the interests of the employee assistance community in legislative and regulatory affairs at the state, provincial, and federal levels, where applicable. The committee seeks to create a regulatory and legislative landscape throughout North America that will facilitate the maximum growth and positive societal influence of employee assistance programs.