Employees in many private and public sector settings can connect with an employee assistance program for various needs, including counseling for personal matters.

Flower Mound offers an employee assistance program, and at the Town Council’s April 15 meeting, council approved a renewal with Deer Oaks EAP Services LLC for the program for town employees. The renewal cost is $4,939.

Council also heard an annual report from Keep Flower Mound Beautiful for 2023.

The details

Lynda Bolitho, Flower Mound human resources director, said in an email the employee assistance program provides free and confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, prevention and education services. Counseling, which is free and confidential, covers a range of issues, including stress, tension anxiety, depression, grief, anger management, work-related difficulties, trauma recovery and substance abuse.

Flower Mound first implemented an EAP in May 2010, Bolitho said.

What they're saying

“The town did this to help employees deal with personal problems that might adversely impact their work performance, health and well-being,” Bolitho said. “Ultimately, [we’re] hoping to provide a tool for employees to achieve a healthy balance in their lives.”

She said she couldn’t say whether employees expect municipalities to offer these types of services, but she does think it is a great benefit to offer.

Also of note

At the council meeting, Marilyn Lawson, treasurer of Keep Flower Mound Beautiful, gave an overview on her group's activities during 2023, including volunteer and outreach programs. The group collected 2,361 bags of trash and 627 bags of recycled materials during the year. KFMB will have a spring trash-off April 27 at Flower Mound High School. People can drop off items such as small furniture, electronics, clothing and shredding materials. For more information, including on volunteering, visit kmfb.org/trash-off.