Programs Overview

LAMP is Manatee’s “YourChoice” approach to provide employees and their families’ assistance with addressing life’s stressors. LAMP assists participants in making necessary lifestyle changes to lead to an improved quality of life at home and work. LAMP is a voluntary, confidential, solution-focused coaching/counseling service.

  • Screening             
  • Lifestyle Coaching/Counseling
    • Coaching sessions by a professional to assist with lifestyle changes for improved health and well being.  Additionally, coping sessions to overcome emotional & psychological reactions to an acute or chronic disease, major surgery or injury as they relate to family, friends, co-workers and community.
  • Stress Management
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Substance Abuse Services
  • Educational and Support Services

  • Tobacco Cessation Programs        
  • Preparing for Change    
  • Stress Management
  • Supervisory

Stressors Addressed
  • Job-related
  • Marital/Family
  • Coping with Acute or Chronic Disease
  • Addictive Behavior
  • Emotional and Behavioral stressors

LAMP Benefits

The LAMP benefit allows for 42 sessions per year.  This is a combination of out- patient psychiatric services and coaching/counseling sessions.   These sessions are provided by the Health Plan as part of your health benefit program, regardless of enrollment in the Ultimate, Best, Better or Basic Plan. The first 5 sessions with a Lifestyle Coach/ Counselor are free to the member and covered family members.

The plan benefit pays according to the place of service:   LAMP Office, Manatee Health Network Provider or Non-Network Provider.

Lamp Office:

Coaching/Counseling - Member is responsible for $15 co-pay per office visit AFTER the 5th office visit.  

Psychiatric Services - Member is responsible for $15 co-pay per office visit AFTER the 1st office visit.

Manatee Health Network (MHN) Provider:  
Coaching/Counseling - Member is responsible for $25 co-pay per office visit AFTER the 5th office visit.

Psychiatric Services
- Member is responsible for $25 co-pay per office visit.

Non-Network Provider:  

Coaching/Psychiatric Services - Member is responsible for 40% of charges after the $200 deductible is met.  Manatee YourChoice Health Plan will cover 60% of charges thereafter.

*Refer to the current LAMP Brochure regarding benefit details.

  • Pre-Certification is REQUIRED for the above services.
  • Call the LAMP at (941) 748-4501 x6418 for Pre-Certification.

LAMP Advocates

For more information about LAMP programs and services, or to schedule an appointment with a Lifestyle Coach contact (941) 741-2995.
Philip Austin, Data Management Coordinator/Clinical Case Manager Supervisor     x6418
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Julie Wilson, Special Programs Coordinator/Tobacco Cessation     x6469
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Meet your LAMP Advocates

Julie Wilson, MA

Clinical Coordinator/Tobacco Cessation

Julie Wilson came to the Lifestyle Assistance & Modification Program (LAMP) from a diverse background, with a strong belief in the human capacity to change. As a Special Programs Coordinator, she manages the Tobacco Cessation programs and develops workshops to promote healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices. Julie has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming and an MA in Psychology from Antioch University Seattle. She has worked in the behavioral health field for over eighteen years in a variety of capacities, including critical incident stress debriefing, grief/loss counseling, addiction treatment and vocational rehabilitation. She has developed and managed several mental health and substance abuse intervention programs.

Phillip Austin, BA

Data Management Coordinator/Clinical Case Manager Supervisor

Phillip works in the Lifestyle Assistance & Modification Program (LAMP) as the Data Management Coordinator/Clinical Case Manager Supervisor.  A graduate of Kent State University, Phillip has worked in the field of Behavioral Health for fifteen years. His experience includes five years as a Clinical Associate at the University of Miami’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences where he was involved with numerous research and clinical drug trial projects. He then spent nine years as the Counselor Supervisor at a community behavioral health hospital. Phillip has been with LAMP since 2008.

Programs and Workshops

Tobacco Cessation Programs

LAMP Advocates recognize the physical, emotional, and lifestyle impact nicotine dependency has on individuals and their families; we understand that discontinuing tobacco use is a process that may require support and specialized instruction.  Our programs are designed to assist members in quitting tobacco according to their current level of motivation to change, and to qualify members for the BEST Plan Level.  In addition, all programs qualify members for nictone replacement therapies at reduced cost.  Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , YourChoice Pharmacy Advocate 941-784-4501 x6406, for more information.

Members have 5 program options to assist them in quitting tobacco:  
Online Program, “YourChoice” Tobacco Course, Coaching, Stress Workshop and Quitline

Tobacco Cessation Programs

 Tobacco Course Schedule

 Tobacco Program Guidelines

 New Enrollee Orientation Schedule

Change for Good Workshop

This workshop is a six session highly interactive workshop designed to educate and engage participants in their own process of lifestyle change.  It asks participants to identify current behaviors that prevent them from reaching and maintaining desired health goals.  The workshop is open to anyone wanting hands on experience with tools, tips and strategies to change those old, unhealthy behaviors for good. 

 Change for Good Workshop Schedule

Call Julie at (941) 741-2969 for more information or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

NEW - Transforming Stress Program
A HeartMath System for Building Resilience and Revitalizing Performance
Facilitated by Licensed HeartMath Coach Julie Wilson

Transforming Stress is a classroom training program that addresses the key issues that cause stress and affect resilience.  As part of the program, you will have the use of the emWave2 technology, a handheld device that provides real-time feedback and training on transforming your body's response to stress.  Recorded sessions with the emWave2 can be uploaded for further viewing and tracking with the software.

Transforming Stress Program Scheudle

Healthy Living/Healthy Working Workshops

These workshops are programs customized to meet the specific needs of the work site.  Supervisors, insurance coordinators, or members are encouraged to request LAMP to conduct specific programs for their Team.

Menu of Workshops Available*

  • Stress Management:  Skill Building Series
  • Manage Your Time
  • Personality in the Workplace
  • Navigating the Storm:  Change Management
  • Coping with Anger
  • Dealing with Difficult People (or Customers)
  • Strengthening Work Relationships
  • Building Environments of Trust
  • Communication:  Its More than Just Talking
  • Creating and Living a Healthy Lifestyle Series
  • The Elephant in the Living Room:  Addiction in the Family
  • Surviving Compassion Fatigue
  • Creating a Culture of Health

*Don’t see what you need? 
Call LAMP and we will work with you to tailor a workshop to meet your Team’s needs.

To Schedule a workshop at your work site call 741-2969 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



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