2019 Tools & Tactics Webinar: ADA – Accommodating Workers with Mental Health Issues

DMECTools & Tactics, Webinars

Thursday, June 13

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

Mental health and depression continue to rise as leading causes of disability leave. Today, nearly 20% of American workers report having a mental health condition in any given month. This is a growing concern for many employers who struggle with identifying the best ways to support workers with mental health issues in terms of providing reasonable accommodations to assist in stay at work (SAW) and return to work (RTW).

This session will guide employers in navigating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), while supporting employees with mental health/anxiety conditions. Learn best practices for establishing an interactive process that focuses on the most effective accommodations for both the employer and employee. Panelists will discuss situations that typically warrant an accommodation; provide a checklist to ensure successful implementation; offer ways to best support workers while addressing business needs; and advise how to maintain compliance throughout the process. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the three critical aspects of managing mental health leave requests: the clinical component, compliance requirements, and applying accommodations.

Webinars are free for DMEC members. To receive free pricing, log in to your DMEC account prior to registering.

Learning Objectives

  • Discover ways to improve the effectiveness of the interactive process.
  • Develop strategies to successfully implement accommodations.
  • Identify opportunities to support workers with mental health issues.


Tracy Christian-Cruz, Ph.D.
Vocational Rehab Specialist

Dr. Christian-Cruz has worked in the vocational rehabilitation field for more than 15 years. She received her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of North Texas, and her doctorate in family and marriage therapy from Texas Woman’s University. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor, and holds an ADA administrator certification. She is experienced in the areas of workplace accommodations, vocational counseling, return to work and stay at work coordination between employers, employee relations, and treating providers.

Darryl Huels, Ph.D.
Case Manager
Integrated Behavioral Health

Darryl holds a master’s degree in social work, along with a Ph.D. in Human Services. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in both California and New York, and is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP). He has worked in the field of human services for over 30 years in a variety of settings,  and had also maintained a private practice, providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families dealing with issues including depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, and many others. 

James Venable, JD
Vice President of Compliance

James has more than 20 years of experience, including senior roles in legal, human resources, and compliance at several Fortune 500 companies. He most recently served as vice president of human resources, employee, and labor relations at Comcast. Prior to that, he held the positions of senior director for labor relations, and associate general counsel of employment law for Walmart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer. 


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 CLMS, 1 CPDM, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify CEU credit.

CLMS Logo_RGB_PNGExclusively offered by DMEC, the Certified Leave Management Specialist (CLMS) program is the only professional designation of its kind that provides interactive, hands-on training to ensure your programs effectively comply with state and federal leave laws. Learn more about the CLMS program.

Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

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