2022 Edition

Employee Assistance Program Services (CA-EAP) 7: Record-Keeping

Records are maintained in accordance with the EAP’s policy.




Employee Assistance Programs help organizations achieve business health and productivity goals, and support individuals working to maintain or improve their productivity, functioning, and pro-social behaviour, as well as remain at or return to the workplace.
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice Standards.
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • Several client records are missing important information; or
  • Client participation is inconsistent. 
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or 
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.      
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Record-keeping policy
  • Record-keeping procedures
No On-Site Evidence
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant personnel
  • Review client records


CA-EAP 7.01

A separate and distinct EAP record is maintained for each client that is never part of or stored with any other client related record.
Examples: Other client related records may include managed care, personnel, medical records, or records of other services provided that are outside of the EAP's scope.


CA-EAP 7.02

EAP record-keeping practices are based upon an established definition of “client” and address the following:
  1. when a new client record is to be created;
  2. separation of client record contents when services are provided to individuals, couples, minors, and families; and
  3. disclosure protocols when the client record includes services provided to individuals, couples, minors, and families.


CA-EAP 7.03

EAP policy establishes ownership of client records.