April EAP Webinar Announced

Managing Personal Finances
Thursday, April 17

Are money issues causing you to worry and stress? Do you buy items, even if you don’t need them, just because they are on sale and you know you are “saving money?” Do you pay only the minimum balance on your credit cards? Is debt mounting in your life to the
point where you don’t know what to do about it? Do you wish you were saving more money? Money is a huge stressor for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. This workshop will help you demystify the numbers and get you living beyond paycheck to paycheck.

EAP webinars are presented by ComPsych trainers.  The duration is approximately 45 minutes.  Reserve your spot by registering at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/540308430


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Get Support During Separation/Divorce

The pain of separation and divorce can be devastating, but help is available. Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers professional and confidential counseling services designed to help address the personal concerns and life issues you are facing. This service, staffed by experienced clinicians, is available to you and your dependents, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A GuidanceConsultant is available anytime to listen sensitively to your concerns and refer you to local resources in your own community or to GuidanceResources Specialists who can address your issues. Free confidential assistance for the personal issues you are facing is just a phone call away.

Call anytime for concerns such as:

  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • Child custody & visitation
  • Child support
  • Coping with depression
  • Dating as a divorced parent

Call: 1-888-275-1205, option 7
TDD:  1-800-697-0353
Enter Company ID: SOKEAP

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How to Earn Credits for Health Coaching, Condition Management or Tobacco Cessation

Employees currently enrolled (or planning to enroll) in any of these ongoing programs that take place over several weeks or months should strive to complete the specific program requirements by July 31, 2014, in order to receive their 10 credits that will count toward the 2015 premium incentive discount:

  • For Health Coaching participants, a total of eight (two-way) interactions with your health coach plus completion of a survey within six months of enrollment is required to earn credits.
  • For Condition Management, enrolled participants must complete at least three calls with a nurse to earn credits.
  • Tobacco Cessation participants will need to complete five calls with a quit coach to earn credits.

To enroll in one of these programs or to confirm your status toward completion, please call 1-888-275-1205 to speak with a coach/nurse in your specific program. For more details, go to http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/healthquest/creditoptions.htm.

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Fostering Resilience

How resilient are you? During a personal crisis, some people are more resilient than others. Resilience is more than coping; it’s about confronting crises and difficult situations without getting overwhelmed by them. Resilient people are better able to handle life’s stressors and adapt to changing situations. Being resilient can help protect you from depression, stress and anxiety, too.

Resilience can be strengthened and nurtured in adults and children by improving self-esteem, developing a strong system of social support and taking care of your physical and mental health.

Maintain Strong Connections With Family and Friends
Having strong, positive relationships with others provides a cushion of acceptance and support that can help you weather tough times.

Avoid Viewing Problems as Insurmountable
You have probably handled and survived difficult situations in the past—and maybe even learned from those difficult experiences. Learn from these past experiences and be confident that you will get through a current crisis, too.

Accept That Change is Part of Living
The reality is that certain things cannot be controlled. What’s important is how you respond to the situation. Accepting the change makes it easier to move forward with your life.

Keep a Long-term Perspective and Hopeful Outlook
Even though your feelings may be overwhelming at times, try to stay positive. Set goals for yourself so that you can feel productive and purposeful every day, and create longer-term goals so that you have a direction for your future.

Take Care of Your Physical and Mental Health
It’s especially important when you are feeling stressed to continue to eat a healthy diet and get adequate sleep and regular exercise. Alcohol and caffeine can increase stress levels; avoid or reduce consumption.

Get Support and Resources From Your Employee Assistance Program
If you need help dealing with a personal crisis, or would like additional resources and strategies for improving your resilience, contact your Employee Assistance Program for  confidential counseling and other services.

Additional Information
This information is brought to you by ComPsych®. This company-sponsored benefit offers confidential help and support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, at no cost to you or your immediate family.

GuidanceConsultants can assist you with your concerns at: 1-888-275-1205, option 7
Online: www.guidanceresources.com
Enter your company ID: SOKEAP

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Sign up for the March EAP Webinar

Healthy Lifestyle: Changing the Way you Think about Diet & Exercise

It seems that every week a new study is published on the best way to control weight and increase fitness through changes in diet and exercise. It can be tough staying on top of the latest recommendations, especially when the studies sometimes seem to contradict one another! This workshop provides an overview of safe and effective strategies to improve overall fitness through manageable changes in diet and exercise. Of course, before beginning any changes in diet and exercise, it is best to first consult with your doctor.

EAP webinars are presented by ComPsych trainers.  The duration is approximately 30-45 minutes.  Reserve your spot by registering at the link below:

Thursday, March 20 at 11:00am


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Last Call for FREE Calendars!

HealthQuest has a limited supply of 2014 wall calendars available while supplies last.  These fun calendars feature fitness tips and healthy recipes!

To request a free calendar, please go to: https://khap.kdhe.state.ks.us/winterfit/

  • Building mail saves us postage, so if you work in Topeka and your State agency uses building mail, select the radio button on the web order form for “Topeka.”
  • If you work outside of Topeka or your agency does not use building mail (some Judicial offices), select the radio button for “All Other Locations.”

We’ll bundle orders when mailing calendars, so it may take a week or so to receive it.




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Food Poisoning Dangers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 76 million Americans are affected by food poisoning or other foodborne illnesses every year. Of that number, more than 300,000 end up hospitalized and around 5,000 die as a result of their exposure. While anyone can get food poisoning, pregnant women, the very young and the elderly are most likely to suffer the most serious consequences.

Types of Food Poisoning
There are more than 250 known foodborne diseases. The most common types of food poisoning occur when someone eats food that contains E.coli, salmonella, listeria, types of bacteria or when they are exposed to a virus, such as norovirus.

Symptoms, Recovery and Possible Long-term Effects
Depending on the type of food poisoning and the health of the sufferer, the usual symptoms–upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, overall weakness and dehydration–may appear anywhere from a few hours to a few days after eating tainted or contaminated food.

Most of those who are exposed to a foodborne illness recover in a few days; however, some victims, especially those exposed to E.coli, can suffer much longer lasting complications, including kidney damage.

It is also possible to acquire Hepatitis A from food that has been handled by someone who already has that disease, but symptoms may not appear for weeks, making it difficult to trace the source of the infection.

A listeria infection can lead to meningitis, an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain, as well as mental retardation, seizures, paralysis, blindness and deafness among newborn infants.


Additional Information
This information is brought to you by ComPsych. This health plan sponsored benefit offers confidential help and support 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, at no cost to employees and their immediate family members.

Guidance Consultants can assist you with your concerns at: 1-888-275-1205, option 7
Online: www.guidanceresources.com
Enter your company ID: SOKEAP

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February EAP Webinars Offer Demo of New Employee Assistance Program Portal

ComPsych Corporation, the 2014 provider of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), offers an online portal to access services in addition to the toll-free telephone line.  As this is a new component of the program, this webinar will demonstrate how to register an account and navigate the site.  Learn how you can access your Employee Assistance Program anytime, anywhere from your computer or smartphone!  Plus, get expert information on thousands of topics; conduct searches for child care, elder care, financial planners and attorneys; “Ask the Expert” for personal responses to your questions; use
“MyGRO” to manage all your personalized features; request monthly newsletters on various topics; access multimedia resources such as e-books and podcasts; research timely resources during weather/disaster occurrences; and much more!

For your convenience we have planned two webinar sessions next week to enable you to choose which one fits better into your schedule. The duration of each is session is approximately 30 minutes.  Register at the links below:

Monday, February 17


Thursday, February 20

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Tax Prep 2014

Filing a federal tax return can be a tedious and time-consuming task, so it’s never too early to prepare for the tax season and the April 15th deadline.

Get started now. Organize receipts, paycheck stubs, financial records, mortgage statements and other important documents, and try to get an early idea of how much you will owe or be refunded. You want to schedule enough time to complete your return and avoid the April 15th filing-deadline rush.

Educate yourself. Learn about the latest tax laws to take advantage of as many deductions, exemptions and credits for which you are eligible. Visit the IRS website at http://www.irs.gov/ or call the IRS toll-free at 1-800-829-1040 for help. Also, consider hiring a CPA, financial planner or tax attorney for a complex return.

Understand your payment options. There are alternatives available if you
cannot immediately pay the taxes you owe. Installment agreements can be applied
for at http://www.irs.gov/.

If you can’t file on time… you can submit IRS Form 4868: Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return and receive an automatic six-month extension to postpone your filing date. However, this just pushes back the due date for the paperwork. It doesn’t give you more time to pay any taxes due, and you will still owe interest on any amount not paid by the April 15th deadline, plus a late payment penalty if you have not paid at least 90 percent of your total tax by that date.

If you’ve got a tax questions, get a free telephone consultation from
your Employee Assistance Program!

Call: 1-888-275-1205,  option 7
(TDD: 1-800-697-0353)
Online: www.guidanceresources.com
Your company Web ID: SOKEAP

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How To Earn Credits for Preventive Exams

Making preventive screenings an annual routine is key to maintaining your health status long term. Each of these preventive screenings is worth five credits for the HealthQuest Rewards Program:

  • Well Woman/Well Man (1 exam)
  • Vision (1 exam)
  • Dental (2 exams)

Employees must self-report these exams to have credits awarded to their account.  Simply
log in to your account at www.KansasHealthQuest.com and click on “Self-Report Forms” from the left menu and complete the appropriate forms. Exams between August 1, 2013, and July 31, 2014, will be accepted. Credit will be awarded automatically upon completion of each form. A maximum of 20 credits can be earned for preventive exams.

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