The brief therapy extension provides extended outpatient care under the EAP agreement. This adds additional hours of outpatient service available one time annually beyond the three EAP assessment/solution plan hours .There are no co-pays or additional third party paperwork for the consumer. Outpatient behavioral health services report the typical behavioral health and family problem admission is resolved in 6-8 sessions. Research shows that personal and family issues distract employees on the job, reduce efficiency, and contribute to co-morbid health costs. The EAP brief therapy focuses on the barriers to functioning thus enabling employees and family members to solve problems. The specific brief therapy treatment option can avoid involving a medical benefit plan and its corresponding costs. Interface protocol is arranged with the medical benefit plan to facilitate services requiring hospitalization and other more intensive treatments.