MDA Member Assistance Program Can Help with Pandemic, Holiday Stress

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, business pressures, and the upcoming holidays, many members are feeling extra stress, experiencing emotional issues, or even dealing with addiction. If you’re feeling the pressure, please reach out — the MDA Member Assistance Program, a service supported by the MDA Foundation, can help. The program assists members and their families with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and more. The program utilizes telephone triage and referral to appropriate professionals. Benefits include free 24/7 support and multiple ways to access help — in-person, via telephone, video counseling, or mobile app.

The Member Assistance Program’s counseling services are provided on a contractual basis with AllOne Health, an outside firm with offices in Michigan. Having an outside company handle these calls may serve to ease the minds of some members who may be hesitant to call due to concerns about confidentiality.

More resources are available to you as an MDA/ADA member. They include:

MDA Health and Well-Being Program: The MDA Health and Well-Being Program matches those in need with concerned colleagues who’ve had similar experiences or who are familiar with addiction, recovery, or related issues. The program assists MDA members, their families, or staff in recovery, and is completely confidential. For more information, call 517-643-4171, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or, email care@michigandental.org.

MDA Website Well-Being Pages: Visit the MDA’s well-being pages for helpful resources, links to related websites, and other assistance.

Well-Being Resources from the ADA: Visit the ADA Health and Wellness Resources website for a variety of useful wellness resources. Included are the Dentist Well-being Program Directory and Dental Well-being Handbook.

Michigan Professional Recovery Program: The Health Professional Recovery Program is a confidential, non-disciplinary program designed to assist licensed or registered health professionals recover from substance abuse/chemical dependency problems or a mental health problem. The toll-free number for the HPRP is 800-453-3784.