July 12, 1993
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Ms. Suzanne Reynolds
Sheppard Pratt Employee
2033 M Street, NW
Dear Ms. Reynolds:
I still await a statement of Sheppard Pratt's confidentiality policy, which we discussed at our meeting on July 7, 1993.
I submit the following draft statement for your consideration.
Sheppard Pratt Employee Assistance Programs does not involve itself in any manner in the personnel decisions of employers.
If an employer were to communicate to Sheppard Pratt a concern regarding the mental state of an employee, Sheppard Pratt would direct the employer to have the employee arrange a consultation with a Sheppard Pratt counselor. Further, the employer's concerns regarding the employee and the Sheppard Pratt counselor's recommendations in the matter would be recorded on a Sheppard Pratt Employee Assistance Programs Employer Consultation Intake Form, which would be retained in the client's file.
An employer's statement that Sheppard Pratt did not oppose an employer's decision to terminate an employee is consistent with Sheppard Pratt's policy not to involve itself in an employer's personnel decisions and should not be read to imply that Sheppard Pratt concurred in a termination decision.
I believe that a statement along the above lines would be appropriate. Thank you very much for your assistant in this matter.