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COVID-19 has changed the way we work, learn and live. Information contained in these pages provides guidance about how VCU is responding to the virus. VCU’s website for COVID-19, together.vcu.edu, informs the university community of the latest updates regarding the coronavirus.
Please keep in mind that this guidance is subject to change based on information provided by federal and state agencies. Schools and units may implement internal guidelines more specific to the mission of the unit. Continue to check this webpage for updates. Questions may be sent to email@example.com.
Number of hours
Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL)
State emergency leave
Effective March 2020
Renewed for 2021
The state of Virginia’s Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) provides all classified and non-classified employees with up to eighty (80) hours of emergency leave due to a pandemic. Governor Northam declared a public health state of emergency on March 12, 2020 invoking PHEL.
All health plans offered to state employees and their dependents have employee assistance programs (EAPs). Included are up to four sessions at no charge for such services as mental health, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, child or elder care, grief counseling and legal or financial services. EAP counselors are available to assist employees with problems related to:
In general, care must be authorized in advance. You or your eligible dependent will speak to an EAP specialist who will assess your problem and coordinate assistance. Should your problem require mental health or substance abuse care, you will be referred to a provider, under your mental health and substance abuse benefit. Your EAP specialist or care manager will arrange a referral according to your specific needs. Contact your plan's Member Services department for more information.
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Member Services: 1-855-223-9277
Kaiser Permanente HMO
(866) 517-7042 (toll free)
Optima Health Vantage HMO
(866) 846-2682 (toll free)
VCU Human Resources Employee Relations
Lindsey House - HR Welcome Center
Phone: (804) 828-1510
TDD: (800) 828-1120
Phone: (804) 828-1712
VCU ADA Services
Crystal Coombes, University Accessibility Administrator
Phone: (804) 828-8532
Emergency Medical Services
University Counseling Services
Employees can access online self-help resources
VCU Center for Psychological Services & Development
612 N Lombardy St, Richmond, VA 23284
Offer outpatient services to members of the VCU and Central Virginia communities
Mental Health Association of Virginia
Virginia Department of Behavioral Health & Development Services
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Office on Women’s Health Helpline
Coping with stress and staying healthy – Virginia Department of Health (VDH)
For information regarding parking and transportation at VCU, visit the COVID-19 Parking and Transportation updates page.