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Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a totally confidential program that assists employees and their families in accessing resources and obtaining referral information for problems of a personal or professional nature. 

The EAP Coordinator coordinates the Police Department’s Chaplain’s Program, and is responsible for scheduling their services.  Personnel seek assistance voluntarily or may be referred to the EAP through formal or informal channels.  All contacts with the Chaplain’s Program are confidential. 

The volunteer members of the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team are also coordinated through the Employee Assistance Program.  CISM Team members provide peer support during critical incidents or employee crises.  The Team provides debriefing following a critical incident.  The Team is affiliated with the Tampa Bay Regional Critical Incident Team and the Pinellas Regional CISM Team, which work cooperatively to serve all law enforcement agencies in the Tampa Bay Area.

Employee Assistance Program is responsible for:

  • Providing crisis intervention to employees and their families
  • Advising on issues related to FMLA, ADA, PDA, etc.
  • Researching and developing related programs
  • Developing and maintaining a service provider network
  • Administering the Volunteer Chaplain’s Program

Christine Hardway, LCSW has been employed with St. Petersburg Police Department since November, 2014 as the Employee Assistance (EAP) Coordinator. She is a Licensed Psychotherapist who has 20+ years of clinical experience in the field of Mental Health/Counseling and understands the special needs of first responders. Christine has significant training in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) services for over a decade and has responded to many crises for large organizations – recognizing typical reactions to crisis and developing strategies that facilitate recovery. She received a Master's Degree from Michigan State University in 1995 and has worked in a variety of settings including Northside Mental Health Center, Lifepath Hospice, and Tampa Community Hospital. Most recently, Christine had her own private practice for over 10 years providing individual, family and couples counseling. Christine is known for her warmth, professionalism, and approachable style.

The Employee Assistance Program (Christine Hardway, EAP) can be reached at 727-893-4876

Christine Hardway