Employee Assistance Program


NEW! On-Site Counseling in MLIB

For a limited time (Oct 2021 – April 2022), we will be offering on-site counseling Mondays and Fridays, in the Meriam Library room 335 (the Ombuds Office).

Note: During January, due to the library closure, appointments may occur via Zoom through 1/21/2022. 

To schedule an appointment:

1. Call LifeMatters at 800-367-7474 (company code: csuchico) and request a referral to the Chico State on-site counselor.

Beginning October 4, 2021, sessions will be available Mondays and Fridays, typically in the mornings starting on the hour for 50 minutes in MLIB 335 (the Ombuds Office). 

2. Or, Schedule directly with our on-site counselors for 50-minute sessions:

  • Teresa Richman (PDF) on campus Mondays, typically in the afternoon, MLIB 335 (Ombuds Office). Call or text 530-433-9745 to make an appt, either in-person or virtual.

***NOTE: This special opportunity is offered only October 2021 -- April 2022, so please take advantage now.***

Please share the announcement or post a flyer (PDF) to spread the news! This opportunity is graciously provided to us via HEERF funding to assist the institution in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Off-Site (Local) Counseling

Call 800-367-7474 to get a referral to a local counselor

  1. Prepare. Before calling, make sure you're in a place you can speak confidentially and at length.
  2. Phone. Call the LifeMatters/Empathia Help Line at 1-800-367-7474 (password: csuchico). This phone line is available 24 hours a day. Dependents (up to age 26) and household members can also call.
  3. Intake. A LifeMatters/Empathia counselor will intake some initial information about you over the phone and discuss the situation in order to determine appropriate options.
    • Choice. LifeMatters/Empathia will research who in your area can provide pertinent counseling. When possible, they will provide a list of names from which you select a counselor.
  4. Referral. LifeMatters/Empathia will contact the counselor to set up a 'referral' on your behalf (authorizing 3 counseling sessions).
  5. Contact. Call the counselor to setup an appointment and explain that you have been referred to them through LifeMatters.
  6. Feedback. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your experience with the counselor or process, have trouble getting an appointment with your selected counselor, or want to change EAP counselors, please call the LifeMatters/Empathia Help Line at 1-800-367-7474 and share your concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

(Regarding Empathia's LifeMatters Counseling Services)

Question: Do I pay a Fee?

Answer: The program includes three (3) sessions with a contracted counselor at no cost to the employee.

Question: What if I feel I need more sessions?

Answer: After three (3) visits if it is determined more counseling or assistance would be beneficial, the counselor may provide a referral to another counseling service or other resources.

Question: Do I pay for these additional services/resources?

Answer: Yes, the decision to seek outside services and any subsequent fees are the client's decision and responsibility. Check with the new provider if they accept your medical insurance.

Question: Are counseling services available for family members?

Answer: Yes, the EAP provides three (3) sessions for employee's immediate family members. Please view the information regarding eligibility. If it is determined more counseling or assistance would be beneficial the counselor will provide a referral to another counseling service or other resources.

More detailed information is available in the Evidence of Coverage and Disclosure Form (PDF).