Bobcat Balance is a program that consists of two available services:
1) a database of resources to help you with the daily challenges you face - legal, financial, family or personal, and;
2) an employee assistance program which provides up to five free counseling sessions per problem per plan year per person.
This program is free. The University pays for this benefit to help you achieve your full potential.
All benefits-eligible faculty, staff and graduate student employees and members of their household.
Yes. Other members living in your household may be able to utilize services.
No, the counselors who provide the counseling sessions are counselors who work in the community and not employees of the University.
Bobcat Balance will not release any information to Texas State regarding your contact with the program without your written consent or as required by law. Human Resources receives statistical reports of utilization, but never any names or other personal information.
Yes, Bobcat Balance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
No, this is an additional benefit and separate from your health insurance. However, Bobcat Balance will try to use a provider with your health plan when possible so you can continue treatment with the same counselor if necessary.
The number of visits starts over each contract year (September 1-August 31). As an example, an employee utilized counseling services on March 1 for a marital issue; therefore, that employee may have up to 5 additional visits for the same marital issue when the contract year begins again on September 1.
You are encouraged to use the program after work or during breaks. However, depending on the severity of your situation and how quickly you need help, your supervisor has discretion to permit you to access the services during work hours.
Some of the counselors offer evening and weekend appointments; however, if you go during your normal work day you should use sick leave like you would a doctor's appointment.
Register online here and send completed registration forms (Registration page, General Release and Waiver, and Medical Health Appraisal) to Ms. Carolyn Swearingen, Department of Health and Human Performance, Jowers Center A208. It can be hand-delivered or sent via campus mail.
The health appraisal is a two-page questionnaire that is used to assess your current health status. Ms. Carolyn Swearingen or Dr. Lisa Lloyd, in the Department of Health and Human Performance, will review your information and provide you with feedback. This information will be useful when talking with your healthcare provider, developing a personalized wellness plan, and monitoring changes in your health status as a result of participating in a wellness program. Your information is confidential and will not be shared with Human Resources.
No. Participating in the program is strictly voluntary and the "general release and waiver" form is a requirement for all participants.
Yes, but only the registration process (see FAQ 1). This gives you free access to the group exercise classes, Lunch ‘n Learns, racquetball courts at Jowers and pool at the Aqua Sports Center.
Yes. Lunch ‘n Learn sessions will cover how to eat healthy/nutrition. Watch for emails from Professional Development regarding class announcements and the WellCats newsletter regarding announcement on cooking classes and nutrition consultation.
Yes, we will have a Lunch ‘n Learn class on exercise – how to get started. Watch for emails from Professional Development regarding class announcements and the WellCats newsletter.
No. The free employee wellness program is only open to current employees of the University.
Yes, but only those who are considered regular, benefits-eligible employees (50% FTE and up).
Yes. Non-student non-regular staff can participate, but don't qualify for the 30 minute paid wellness release time and would have to attend on their own time.
No. Retirees can participate, but are subject to the normal fees. However, active Return to Work Retirees can participate and the fees would not apply.
No. Workers comp covers employees who are injured during the course and scope of their job duties.
Wellness leave is paid leave and factors into the total number of hours for the week just like any other paid leave. In your example, the employee would earn 5 hours of state comp time.