Richard Paul is Vice President of Health and Performance Solutions within the Employer Solutions division of ValueOptions. He is responsible for the implementation of company-wide EAP best practices initiatives, policy and procedure development, as well as workplace service quality practices and standards. In addition, he is involved in the delivery of both organizational and management executive level consultative services.
Prior to joining ValueOptions seven years ago, Rich served as Vice President at Lifescape, responsible for oversight of account services and business development for an interactive on-line EAP product. In addition, he held the position of Director of Behavioral Health Operations at the Human Resources Development Institute (HRDI), where his responsibilities included: program management and development, supervision and training of all clinical staff. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Valparaiso University's social work department and has worked in a variety of internal and external EAP settings. Rich is president-elect for the Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) and a member of the EAP Joint Industry Alliance a recently funded private and public EAP initiative funded by SAMHSA. He also represents employee assistance on the University of Rochester Suicide Prevention Consensus Project. In addition, he is a Peer Reviewer for the Council on Accreditation (COA) and a participant on the COA Advisory panel. He has authored over a dozen articles on a variety of issues that impact upon productivity and organizational performance. He obtained his Master of Social Work and post-graduate certificate in Business Administration from the University of Illinois in Chicago, with a concentration in Occupational Social Work and Organizational Development services. He is also a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).