Act Now to Get Rewarded in 2015

Employees enrolled in the medical portion of the State Employee Health Plan (SEHP) have an opportunity to earn a $480 incentive discount on their 2015 health plan premium by participating in the HealthQuest Rewards Program.  To earn the incentive, employees will need to complete a health assessment questionnaire (worth 10 credits) and earn 20 additional credits, for a total of 30 credits, by July 31, 2014.

Don’t have an account yet?

Follow these instructions to set one up and start earning credits:

Don’t have a computer/internet?

Those without computer access can call the HealthQuest Help Desk toll-free at
1-888-275-1205, option 9.  A help desk representative can set up an account for the employee over the phone as well as assist in completing self-report forms for credits.  Employees may request to have a paper version of the health assessment questionnaire mailed to their home.  Completed paper forms must be returned with a postmarked date no later than July 1, 2014, to earn credits toward the 2015 premium incentive discount.

The Rewards Program is optional and participation in any of the HealthQuest services is confidential.  For more information, please go to

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Teaching Your Child About Money

From giving your toddler a piggy bank to helping your teenager learn to balance his or her checkbook, there are many things you can do as a parent to teach your children the value of money and how to use it responsibly. It is vital to impart a sense of fiscal responsibility to your child at an early age.

Kids are constantly bombarded by advertisements that tell them to “buy.” Many children learn that by continually asking their parents for favorite foods, hot new toys, and other items, they eventually get what they want. In establishing this pattern, children run the risk of becoming increasingly frustrated as they mature into adults who cannot always immediately afford what they want.

Parents have many opportunities to teach simple lessons about money that can last a lifetime. These lessons will help them achieve financial independence once they are old enough to live on their own.

Teaching Tips

  • Establish a weekly allowance.
  • Be consistent by paying on time after the chores are done satisfactorily.
  • Talk to your child about saving and spending in simple language that relates to his or her experience.
  • Introduce budgeting skills.

Create Family Savings Goals

  • Without getting too technical, involve your kids in budgeting discussions. Establish financial goals (e.g., a new TV, a summer vacation) and get your children excited about mom and dad saving along with them.
  • Buy educational DVDs and computer software on money.
  • Teach the value of giving and sharing.
  • Compliment and applaud your child when she saves or donates money.

Remember that, though there are many ways to teach children the value of money, the best way is by setting a good example as a financially responsible role model.

This information is brought to you by ComPsych, the provider of your Employee Assistance Program. 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
Enter your company ID: SOKEAP

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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:


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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

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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
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:

  • 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
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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