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UC offers support for updated work schedules

A change in work schedules can be challenging, especially if you’re balancing your work with caregiving responsibilities. As many of us transition to more days in the office, it’s a great time to review the resources UC provides to support you and your family.

To learn more about UC’s policies regarding leave, pay and accommodations related to care for family members, visit Family Friendly Resources for Staff on UCnet.

Resources for emotional support

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

UCOP provides assistance programs that offer free, confidential problem assessment and referrals for staff covering a wide range of challenges, including:

  • Child and teenager parenting concerns
  • Couples and marital relationship challenges
  • Elder and dependent adult care
  • Depression, anxiety, and other emotional struggles
  • Grief and loss
  • Alcohol, drug and other addictions

Behavioral health benefits from UC’s medical plans

Mental and physical health go hand in hand, so UC’s medical coverage includes behavioral health benefits for mental health services and substance abuse treatment. Members can use their behavioral health benefits for sessions with counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists to address challenges like depression and anxiety, substance use disorders, medication management, and autism and pervasive developmental disorders.

All UC health plans also offer phone and/or video options for getting behavioral health advice and care.

Resources for caregivers

Bright Horizons Enhanced Family Supports

UC provides eligible faculty and staff with membership in Bright Horizons Enhanced Family Supports referral program which can help you find:

  • Care programs for children and elders
  • Pet sitters, dog walkers, trainers and other pet-care providers
  • Education support for your family
  • Enrichment opportunities and parenting resources and events

Eldercare resources for ARAG members

If you’re enrolled, UC’s legal insurance through ARAG offers advocacy and legal services for your parents and grandparents as well as for yourself.

Your benefits include a free consultation with an eldercare advocate who will help assess your parent’s or grandparent’s eldercare needs, develop a care plan, search for facilities and providers and negotiate discounts when available.

Your parents and grandparents can also meet with a network attorney for advice on elder law issues (e.g., Medicare/Social Security benefits, estate planning, real estate) and for an annual legal check-up.


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