Professional Services and Supports
Employee Assistance Programs
Most school boards in Ontario have some form of Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP offers easy access to services and professionals that provide external and confidential support when you need it most.
The types of services and benefits afforded to teachers through their EAP program will vary from board to board, but most of these programs offer some free services and/or counselling in the following areas: family, marriage/divorce, depressions, grief, addiction, finances, and anger and stress management. The following types of professionals are available for you to access through a referral from your doctor or an EAP: counsellors or therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, stress specialists, addiction counsellors, and financial counsellors.
Contact the Association representative in your school or call your local OECTA unit office to get the contact information for the EAP in your board. If long-term counselling is required, you should contact your family physician for a referral to a specialist.
Ontario Teachers’ Insurance Plan
The Ontario Teachers’ Insurance Plan (OTIP) is the provider of choice for the Association. The company was created specifically to address the needs of the educational community. OTIP is a not-for-profit insurance advocate and is governed by the four teacher accosiations. Two representatives from our Association sit on the Board of Trustees of OTIP and help to provide direction to OTIP’s leadership.
OTIP offers members a full range of group and individual insurance products, including life, long-term care, home and auto, identity theft, retiree health, travel, and dental care plans. Additionally, OTIP provides members with access to programs, like CAREpath and FeelingBetterNow, which seek to address teachers’ health and wellness needs.
CAREpath is a Canadian organization that specializes in cancer-related service programs and is made available through OTIP. The following three services are offered as part of the CAREpath program:
- Navigation System – Tailored one-on-one emotional support and medical advice from the initial cancer diagnosis, throughout treatment, post-treatment and into remission
- Survivor Support – Information and guidance for successful survivorship
- Cancer Information Line – Cancer-related information for extended family members, colleagues and friends who have been diagnosed with cancer
This program helps teachers to get the right diagnosis and treatment as early as possible. FeelingBetterNow is a confidential web-based healthcare program designed for early diagnosis and ongoing management of common emotional and mental health issues.
Available to all OTIP members and their families free-of-charge, FeelingBetterNow is an assessment tool designed for both physicians and patients.