The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a benefit program intended to ensure a healthy work environment for all staff.  Through a partnership between Pasco County Schools and New Directions (our behavioral care provider), our employees will have access to enhanced services.  These services include counseling and referral for personal or work-related issues, health coaching, legal and financial consultation, and a wealth of on-line resources.

  1. Why does Pasco County Schools need an EAP?
  2. Who can access services through EAP?
  3. How many free counseling services are provided?
  4. Where are counseling services provided?
  5. When are services provided?
  6. What credentials do the counselors have?
  7. What additional services are available through the EAP?
  8. What types of issues can be addressed by the counseling and referral services?
  9. EAP Counselors and Office Locations
  10. What if I just need some information?



Through our partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health,
crisis consultations and referrals are available 24/7/365 by calling
In crisis situations, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.


Why does Pasco County Schools need an EAP?

  1. Benefits individuals and families needing help
  2. Improves the health and effectiveness of the organization
  3. Reduces rising medical insurance costs
  4. Reduces sick leave utilization
  5. Increases employee effectiveness and productivity

Who can access services through EAP?

All School Board employees and retirees are eligible for EAP services. Employees may be full or part time, active or on leave.  Services are available for all insurable dependents (spouse or child) of our employees.

How many FREE counseling sessions are provided?

Up to five (5) counseling sessions are available per issue, at no cost, for each employee, retiree, and insurable dependent (spouse or child) of an employee.  If more specialized, intensive services are needed, the employee, retiree or dependent will be connected with the appropriate professional as availble through the behavioral health insurance plan or other resources. Employees enrolled in the District's group medical plan needing longer-term solutions for more serious behavioral health or substance abuse issues, can seamlessly transition to the services provided by New Directions (a part of the Florida Blue network).

Where are counseling services provided?

Counseling services are available in private offices in Dade City, Land O' Lakes, Lutz, New Port Richey, Palm Harbor, Port Richey, Safety Harbor, Spring Hill, Tampa, Tarpon Springs, Wesley Chapel, and Zephyrhills. All locations are totally separate from any school or district campus.

When are services provided?

All EAP providers are individual professionals who schedule appointments according to their office hours.  Most providers offer some appointments during the after school hours and/or on weekends.

What credentials do the counselors have?

All counselors are licensed through the Department of Health. Program, counselors include licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors and clinical social workers. Some of the providers are also substance abuse professionals or certified addictions professionals.

What additional services are available through the EAP?

In addition to counseling services, the EAP offers:

  • Legal
  • Financial Consultation - DMCC
  • Health Coaching
  • Healthcare-related Information, Self-assessment, and Educational Guides
  • Work-Life Support (telephonic or online resources)
  • Web-based Family Resources Services
  • Online Health Risk Assessments
  • Interactive EAP website

         Please visit our Wellness Site for more information on the above topics.

What type of issues can be addressed by the counseling and referral services?

  • Maritial and relationship issues
  • Family/Child adjustment issues
  • Job-related stress
  • Stress/Burnout
  • Depression
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Alchol/Substance Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Tobacco Addiction
  • Legal Issues
  • Financial Consultation


What if I just need some information?

You will find valuable information at  Your login code is: pasco.  The website has thousands of resources covering a wide range of topics including emotional wellbeing, relationships, health, financial, legal and personal growth.

If you feel that you or your family need assistance with these or any other issues,
call New Directions at 800.624.5544 

For further information or direct referral to Pasco County Schools local counselor/Clinical Coordinator, call:

Extension 4-2366 |  (813) 794-2366  |  (352) 524-2366  |   (727) 774-2366


EAP Counselors and Office Locations   


 Please click here for map of provider locations. 


* Bilingual Providers  (Spanish/English)


  Dade City

*Rebecca Blanco,      PhD LMHC 17217 Sweetwater Road, Dade City
*Gladys Salas, LCSW 36739 SR 52, Dade City
Land O Lakes/Lutz  
Kristen Antonek, LMHC CAP 2647 Narnia Way Ste #102, Land O'Lakes     
Thomas Antonek, PhD LCP 2647 Narnia Way Ste #102, Land O'Lakes
Paula Bailey, LMFT 5334 Van Dyke Road, Lutz  (Not taking any new clients at this time)
*Rebecca Blanco, PhD LMHC 16120 N. Florida Ave, Lutz  (Tues., Wed., & Thurs.)
Mindy Duran,  LMHC 18958 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Ste #102, Lutz
Scott W. Leu, LCSW 6735 Land O'Lakes Blvd Ste #A-B, Land O'Lakes
Erika Remsberg, LCSW 4929 Van Dyke Road, Lutz
Charles Rhodes, PhD LMHC 24160 State Road 54 Ste #5, Lutz
New Port Richey
Susan Contegni, LMHC 5207 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey
Jessica Deeb, LCSW 9400 River Crossings Blvd Ste #101, New Port Richey
Mindy Duran, LMHC 5328 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey
*Adelina (Lina) Liberto, LCSW 7747 Mitchell Blvd. Ste #B, Trinity
*Cristina Mantilla, LMHC 5745 Main Street, Ste #202, New Port Richey
Richard Nikla, LMHC 5462 Grand Blvd. Ste #104, New Port Richey (Wed. & Thurs.)
Erika Remsberg, LCSW 5328 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey
Kevin Stevenson, LMHC CAP 6611 U.S. Hwy 19 Ste #203, New Port Richey
Holli West,  LMHC CAP 6709 Ridge Road Ste #102, Port Richey
Benjamin Cohen, PhD LCP 905 E Marin Luter King Jr Dr. Ste #211, Tarpon Springs
Amanda Hawkins, LMHC 1551 Belcher Rd, Palm Harbor
*Cristina Mantilla, LMHC 1501 S. Pinellas Ave, Ste #K, Tarpon Springs
Linda Silva, LMHC 126 3rd Avenue North, Ste #103, Safety Harbor
Spring Hill  
Chelie Byerly, LMHC 11141 County Line Rd, Unit 114, Spring Hill 
Jessica Deeb, LCSW 105 South Albany Ave, Tampa
Kurt Hoover, PhD LCP 5221 Ehrlich Road Ste #A, Tampa
Crisis Center of Tampa Bay One Crisis Center Plaza, Tampa
     Trauma Counselor:  
     *Angela Torres, LMHC  
     Click here for information  
Wesley Chapel
Ami Crowley, EdD LMHC SAP 27446 Cashford Circle Ste #101, Wesley Chapel (Not taking any new clients at this time)
Delilah Fortenberry, LMHC 27552 Cashford Circle Ste #102, Wesley Chapel
Mary Lopusnak, LCSW 2352 Bruce B Downs Blvd Ste #304, Wesley Chapel 
Karen Ridley, LCSW 2352 Bruce B Downs Blvd Ste #304, Wesley Chapel
*Gladys Salas, LCSW 2824 Windguard Circle Ste #101, Wesley Chapel
Frank Corradini, LCSW 6536 Stadium Drive Ste #F, Zephyrhills
Mary Lopusnak, LCSW 38135 Market Square, Zephyrhills  
Karen Ridley, LCSW 38135 Market Square, Zephyrhills