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In addition to all the other rights and benefits provided to UFT members through their union contracts, the UFT has designed a number of programs that specifically help members with a variety of life circumstances and challenges.
Member Assistance Program (MAP) — MAP offers short-term counseling and outside referrals to members to help them deal with issues like substance abuse, trauma, bereavement, domestic violence and other issues.
Victim Support Program (VSP) — VSP, co-sponsored by the UFT and the DOE, provides psychological support and practical assistance for staff members who are victims of workplace violence.
Workplace Dispute Mediation Program — This program, which is free of charge, gives coworkers — only UFT members are eligible to take advantage of the services — the opportunity to sit down together in a neutral place with an impartial, trained and licensed clinician to help resolve certain conflicts.
Peer Intervention Program — Need support to improve your teaching? Apply to get confidential one-on-one help from experienced colleagues who will create an individualized, year-long professional development plan with you to emphasize your strengths.
Health and Cancer HelpLine — The HelpLine is a benefit provided through the UFT Welfare Fund through which a social worker and peer counselors are available to help for members who are afflicted with life-threatening illness.
Homebuyer Seminars — The UFT, in partnership with the Mutual Housing Association of NY, sponsors a program to offer affordable housing opportunities in the city to UFT members, from co-op and condo to four-family homes. They are also available to counsel families at risk of default or in need of foreclosure prevention counseling. Seminars and counseling sessions are free and open to all UFT members.
Retiree Social Services — The Retiree Social Services Department provides assistance and support to retirees across the country with a range of social services, such as information and referrals, short-term counseling and weekly telephone reassurance calls.
Smoking Cessation Program — The UFT, in partnership with the city’s Department of Health, offers a comprehensive smoking cessation program for UFT members, including quit smoking medications, support counseling and referrals for prescription medications.