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Member Assistance Program

Feeling stressed? Anxious? Need someone to talk to?

The UFT's Member Assistance Program (MAP) has trained professional counselors who can guide you through the problems that can put your health and job in jeopardy. Our services are free, confidential, professional and supportive.

As a UFT member, you may receive short-term individual counseling a trained licensed mental health professional through MAP.  

Please call MAP at 212-701-9620 to set up an appointment. In case of an emergency, please call 911. If you need help after hours, please call 1-800-LIFENET, a 24-hour city mental health hotline.

MAP also offers referrals to outside mental health services that accept your insurance plan. Please email mapinfo@uft.org or call 212-701-9620 for more information.

MAP services

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New educators

Find out more about MAP's professional learning for new teachers and the Partners Through Experience program, which pairs a new educator with a veteran educator.

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Support groups

MAP offers various support groups in which all members can come together to share their experiences, stories, tips, and find comfort with each other. 

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Continuing Education courses for social workers

UFT/MAP is a state provider of licensed clinical social work (LCSW) and licensed masters’ social work (LMSW) continued education credits.

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Substance use

Are you or someone close to you affected by substance use? MAP offers various types of assistance and referrals for members and their families.

Q&A on the Member Assistance Program

What kinds of issues can MAP help me address?

  • Finding mental health services to fit your needs
  • Assessments and referrals to appropriate substance abuse programs
  • Helping with marital or family relationship problems
  • Arranging assistance for victims of domestic violence
  • Offering referrals to legal or credit counseling services
  • Trauma and bereavement support
  • Suggesting treatment referrals for eating disorders
  • Support during times of crisis

What services can I receive?

  • Short-term individual counseling provided by professionallly trained and licensed counselors in our offices for a variety of concerns members may have, from marital or family problems to stress or workplace issues or alcohol and drug addiction
  • Short-term support groups for bereavement and caregivers
  • Assistance with referrals to outside services 

What happens in a counseling session?

A counseling session is a confidential meeting between you and a MAP staff member to discuss your concern and figure out how best to resolve it.

Will there be any costs?

The Member Assistance Program is available free of charge to all UFT members. Your insurance plan may cover services for additional resources or referrals. For more information on mental health care benefits covered through your insurance, please call the UFT Welfare Fund at 212-539-0660.

How do I contact the Member Assistance Program?

Please call our office at 212-701-9620. Your call will be returned within one business day.

When and where are services provided?

MAP counselors are available for appointments Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please note we cannot accommodate “walk-in” members without a scheduled appointment.

Please note: If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or 1-800-LIFENET (a 24-hour confidential and free mental health crisis hotline).

Our offices are at 50 Broadway, suite 904, a separate location next to the UFT headquarters.

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