UAB offers a comprehensive benefit package for its employees. Our programs have been designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the needs of your family. Benefits vary based on your employment status and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemption type.
Learn more about the available plans:
Annual Open Enrollment for medical, dental, vision, voluntary AD&D insurance coverage and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) for all UAB benefit-eligible employees will begin at 7 a.m. CT Monday, September 30, 2013, and end at 5 p.m. CT Monday, October 14, 2013.
UAB's open enrollment administrator will continue to be BenefitFocus. They are an inventive, interactive company that will help you through the open enrollment experience. All plan documentation and rates, including the full Open Enrollment Newsletter, can be found within the enrollment site.
In order to comply with federal laws regulating benefit plan participation and to retain those pre-tax features which are desired by our employees, changes cannot be accepted after the close of Open Enrollment at 5 p.m. CT Monday, October 14, 2013.
All new elections will be effective Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Premiums for 2014 medical, dental, vision, and voluntary AD&D coverage and new FSA deductions will be reflected in your January 2014 pay check.
UAB will continue to partner with PayFlex as the new FSA administrator for 2014. PayFlex offers cutting edge mobile app technology that allows a participant to view account balances and claims history, submit claims, view eligible expense listings, and more. Your 2013 FSA election will not automatically carry over into 2014. You must re-enroll in the FSA program each year. Otherwise, if you do not want to make any changes to your current benefit elections – and you do not want to participate in a flexible spending account – no action is necessary.
Health - Mental Health Resources
|Crisis Center of Birmingham
The Crisis Center, a United Way of Central Alabama agency, provides 24-hour, 365 day per year support, crisis and suicide intervention, community information and referrals.
|UAB Comprehensive Community Mental Health Center
UAB Community Psychiatry
908 20th Street South
Access line (205) 934-7008
|The Center for Psychiatric Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmingham
|Alcohol And Drug Abuse Council
1923 14th Avenue South
|UAB Addiction Recovery Program
1802 6th Avenue South
|Catholic Family Services
2164 11th Avenue South
|Samaritan Counseling Center
100 Missionary Ridge Drive
Birmingham, AL 35242
205 967 3660 Phone:
205 991 4021 FAX:
|Western Mental Health Center
Western Mental Health Center
1701 Avenue Drive
Birmingham, AL 35218
|2-1-1 Connects Alabama
An online resource of United Way supported services in Alabama.
National Institute of Mental Health:
An online list of local facilities in the Birmingham area.
- Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network: RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.
- SparkPeople A leading online preventive healthy lifestyle and food site whose goal is to help as many people as possible reach their goals and lead meaningful lives. All of the SparkPeople programs and services are medically sound, completely free of charge, community-based and accessible. In the areas of health, fitness, goal-setting and leadership, SparkPeople helps people discover what will truly motivate them to reach their goals.
National Directory of Resources:
Addiction/Substance Abuse Resources
The following links are addiction and/or substance abuse resources:
Adult Children of Alcoholics
SCA - Sexual Compulsives Anonymous
Freedom From Smoking ® Online
Services for Homewood School System Employees and Immediate Household Members
UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center confidential employee assistance and counseling is provided as a benefit for Homewood School System employees and their immediate household members. (Members of an employee’s immediate household include individuals living in the employee’s house or who are covered by the employee’s insurance). Employee Assistance and Counseling Center services include individual, couples, and family counseling to assist you in clarifying issues, exploring options, and finding solutions. There is no limit to the annual number of sessions available for Homewood School System employees and their immediate household members.
Employee Assistance and Counseling Center services are voluntary. You many come to us on your own initiative or at the suggestion of a supervisor, friend, coworker or family member. Our staff of licensed counselors will help you work through issues that fall within the scope of our expertise. We will also refer you to outside agencies that specialize in medical/psychiatric, financial, legal assistance, or other resources that we believe are necessary or will be helpful to you.
We help people work through many issues, including:
Because the Employee Assistance and Counseling Center is provided as a benefit for employees, UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center services are available at no cost to Homewood School System employees and their immediate household members.
The Employee Assistance and Counseling Center also offers Divorce Mediation services for a fee.
Call the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center at 205.934.2281 or 1.877.872.2327 (toll-free within Alabama) between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors.
We also offer confidential, anonymous Online Mental Health Screening for depression, eating disorders alcoholism, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Every consultation with the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center is strictly confidential. Records related to your visits are stored off site and available only to Employee Assistance and Counseling Center staff. Information is not available for nor included in personnel records. Information about you is protected by law and not released to supervisors, coworkers, friends or family without specific permission approved by you in writing. Exceptions to this are dictated by law in cases such as risk of harm to self or others.
The Employee Assistance and Counseling Center also provides consultation and/or training to support supervisors in working effectively with employees who are experiencing performance problems in the workplace that may be related to problems in their personal lives. A referral to the Employee Assistance and Counseling Center allows the supervisor to concentrate on the performance problem while our staff assists the employee with possible underlying personal issues. A referral to the Employee Assistance and Counseling Center is not part of nor should it replace progressive disciplinary procedures. Most employees will come to the Employee Assistance and Counseling Center willingly if a supervisor suggests that they do so. Consult with a Employee Assistance and Counseling Center counselor to learn more about this process. Telephone the Employee Assistance and Counseling Center when you have referred an employee to us and we will ask the employee if he or she is willing to sign a limited release of information to let you know if the appointment was kept, if the employee is motivated and if the employee is making progress. No information is released without the employee’s consent.
Call the UAB Employee Assistance and Counseling Center at 205.934.2281 or 1.877.872.2327 (toll-free within Alabama) between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to speak to a counselor or to schedule an appointment.