Employee Assistance Program


The NYS Employee Assistance Program is a peer assistance program jointly sponsored by labor and management. NYS EAP provides confidential information, assessment, and referral services to NYS employees, their family members, and retirees. It also provides orientations and training for all employees, managers, supervisors, and union representatives on benefits and use of EAP. EAP is a Work-Life Services benefit sponsored jointly by labor and management.

EAP is a program designed to assist employees with numerous problems including but not limited to parent-child problems, financial concerns, elder care issues, alcohol and substance abuse, marital problems, depression/anxiety, stress and more.

SUNY Oneonta's EAP coordinator is Melissa Nicosia. Melissa works in the College‚Äôs Sponsored Programs Office. She brings a lot of experience and knowledge regarding EAP as she has served on the EAP committee for 18 years.

Her position as EAP coordinator entails helping you assess your concerns and helping you access resources to help you with your problem.  If you call the EAP Coordinator, Melissa will speak with you about your questions or concerns and if desired, a meeting can be scheduled to discuss the concern in more depth. Part of this discussion will be sorting through what options are available to assist you as well as providing you with information regarding resources available to you.

Melissa is also able to speak to groups about the services EAP has to offer, please contact her for an appointment.

Melissa encourages you to contact her directly at 607-436-2452 or if you would prefer to send email:  melissa.nicosia@oneonta.eduAll inquiries are strictly confidential. NYS EAP is a Work-Life Services benefit sponsored jointly by labor and management.


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June 2016 Frontline Newsletter - topics include Mindful Awareness for Health, Dog Ownership and Health, Driving Under the Influence, Chronic Pain and Substance Abuse, Building a Stress Management "Tool Kit"

October EAP Newsletter


“Caught in the Middle: The new sandwich generation” Webinar


Emergencies - If this is an urgent referral matter, please contact the 24-hour NY State EAP helpline at 1800-822-0244. If this is an mental health emergency please call Bassett Hospital Crisis Unit at 1-877-369-6699 or 911.

Employee Assistance Program Coordinator
Melissa Nicosia


Employee Assistance Program Committee:
Committee Chair: Laura Emmett, M/C Representative
LeAnn Standish, CSEA Representative
Dawn Gage, CSEA Representative
Jeri Anne Jerminario, UUP Representative
Gary Wickham, UUP Representative
Deb Ost, UUP Representative
Valery Worden, OAS Representative
Holly Deleski, M/C Representative
Lara Woods, Research Foundation Representative

Online Resources

New York State EAP

NYS Balance (Username: NYS - Password: Balance)

WellNYS Everyday - Monthly Behavior Challenges


SUNY Oneonta EAP Newsletter

April 2015

September 2014

Monthly Frontline Newsletter

January 2015 - Topics include Budgeting, Reducing the Risk of Dementia, Boosting Self-Confidence, Planning Time Off

October 2015 - Topics include Living with Someone in Chronic Pain, Crowdfunding for College, Be a Solution-Oriented Employee, Help Prevent Alzheimer's, Stress Management