Member Assistance Program

Behavioral HealthIf you or someone in your family needs support, explore the resources available to you through your Benefit Fund, including direct help from the Member Assistance Program. Our multilingual and multicultural staff of trained social workers, counselors and other professionals is ready to help you and your family through any type of personal crisis – especially those that can put jobs in jeopardy.

You never need to worry about what others might say; your Benefit Fund does not disclose any medical, mental health or substance abuse treatment information to anyone, including your employer.

The Member Assistance Program is available to members of the 1199SEIU Benefit Funds and their eligible dependents.


Our social workers can help put you back on the right path by assisting you in finding counseling or referrals to programs. Life is full of stresses: Whether you’re dealing with the loss of a job, marital problems or a family member’s illness, our staff can help.

Mental Health Issues

Members and their dependents coping with mental health issues may contact the Member Assistance Program to speak with one of the program’s social workers. Our professional staff will refer you to appropriate providers and clinical resources.

Other Social Services

Besides providing counseling and support, we can connect you with community resources that can help. We can also help you with other social services – for instance, connecting you and your family to alternative health coverage if you are in danger of losing yours.

Other areas where we can help:

  • Referrals to entitlement programs
  • Domestic or workplace violence
  • Bereavement counseling and other life changes
  • Job jeopardy (early intervention before job loss).

Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse

If you need help for behavioral health problems or alcohol or substance abuse, the Member Assistance Program will help get you the care you need – whether it’s counseling, outpatient treatment or even an inpatient hospital stay. If you are troubled by a problem that is not mentioned above, call the Member Assistance Program for a consultation. Remember, the Member Assistance Program is here when you need help. For more information, call (646) 473-6900. All health coverage information is kept strictly confidential under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Inpatient Behavioral or Alcohol/Substance Abuse Treatment

If you need to be hospitalized, the Member Assistance Program will help coordinate your care. If you need emergency hospitalization, you must contact 1199SEIU CareReview at (800) 227-9360 within 48 hours for approval.

Health, Mind and Body Workshops

Keep your mind and body fit with our emotional health and well-being workshops. Learn valuable coping techniques to manage life’s stresses in a healthy way. See below for upcoming workshops schedule or call the Member Assistance Program at (646) 473-6900 or email [email protected].

To let us know whether you plan to attend a scheduled workshop, please call (646) 473-8960, option 2.

If you need assistance or for more information, call the Member Assistance Program at (646) 473-6900.


Upcoming Events

  • Breast Screening Event: Get screened for prevention and early detection

    Saturday, October 8 at 9:00 am

    Register for the 14th Annual Edward S. Greenwald, MD, Breast Screening Event. All exams are FREE to people who are uninsured and underinsured. No documentation or insurance is required.

  • How to Incorporate Daily Requirements of Vitamins and Minerals into Your Diet Workshop

    Saturday, October 22 at 10:00 am

    You know that vitamins and minerals are important for your health, but you may not know how much you need or the best way to get them. Join Health Educator Golda Smith as she reviews why you need certain vitamins and minerals and the foods you can eat to get the recommended daily amount. She will also present a cooking demonstration for preparing tasty and nutrient-rich meals.

  • Prenatal: Pregnancy 101 & Preparing for Childbirth

    Saturday, December 3 at 10:00 am

    Join us for our Wellness Department’s online prenatal webinar, for information you can use to stay healthy during your pregnancy and even after your child is born. You’ll also find out how to prepare for your due date and what to anticipate during labor and delivery.