“4 A’s” Framework – Mental Health Guide for Employers

R2 implements and acknowledges all the advice below and strongly recommends it to all employers

The “4 A’s” framework is a key part of the Mental Health Toolkit, a resource for employers developed by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN). In addition to specific strategies for implementing the “4 A’s,” 

  • Awareness: Educating workers about mental health issues and taking action to foster a supportive workplace culture. 
  • Accommodations: Providing employees with mental health conditions the supports they need to perform their best. 
  • Assistance: Supporting employees who have, or may develop, a mental health condition. Some employers do this through employee assistance programs (EAPs).  
  • Access: Assessing employer sponsored healthcare plans to ensure coverage for behavioral /mental health treatment.