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Optum EAP Resources for Local 18 members

Dear Sisters and Brothers,


Your IBEW Local 18 Health & Welfare Trustees want to reassure our members and retirees that we are always here for you and your families. We understand the challenges and hardships that you and your families face daily and want to remind you of the confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services available to you.

The Optum EAP services are available to anyone enrolled in an IBEW Local 18-sponsored Anthem Blue Cross medical plan at no additional cost. For more information on the services and support available through Optum Behavioral Health, including resources available to non-enrolled members, please refer to the attached EAP Flyer.


There are resources available to all IBEW Local 18 families including, but not limited to:

  • Optum EAP – Available to enrolled members, retirees, and household members, please call (877) 449-6710
  • Optum Public Crisis Line – Currently available to everyone, including non-enrolled individuals, please call (866) 342-6892. Please note access to this line may be subject to change.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline – Available to everyone, please call (800) 273-TALK (8255).  


To get started using the EAP benefits, simply contact Optum Behavioral Health at (877) 449-6710 or navigate to and enter access code: IBEW18.


In unity,

Local 18


Click Here for PDF document: IBEW Local 18 – Optum EAP Flyer Final V3 (1)