Thursday, October 23, 2014
Options for Financing College
The rising costs of college tuition have outpaced inflation by a significant margin. For the average family, funding a college education will be one of the significant challenges they will face during their lifetime. Having a basic understanding of proper planning techniques, savings vehicles, financial aid as well as other funding methods will be critical in meeting this challenge without subjecting the family finances to unsustainable strain. This session will cover the most effective strategies for planning and funding the rising costs of a college education.
EAP webinars are presented by ComPsych trainers. The duration is approximately 45 minutes. Reserve your spot by registering at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/819369494
If you have an infection, you can go to the doctor and get it treated. If you have a broken bone, you can go to the emergency room and get it set. But if you have a mental health condition, where do you turn for help? Too often, there is nowhere to go and there are no answers. Despite the fact that more than 90 percent of people in the U.S. who commit suicide—which is the 10th leading cause of death in the country—have a diagnosable mental disorder, there is a real stigma attached to mental illness. There is also a lack of mental health funding across the U.S. as lawmakers too often cut critical programs or redirect dollars to “more important” initiatives. To highlight the importance of treating mental health conditions, and to give a voice to those who are often unheard or ignored, the first full week of October has been designated as Mental Illness Awareness Week by the U.S. government since 1990 “in recognition of the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ efforts to raise mental illness awareness.” During this week, mental health advocates around the country will collaborate with members of their community in activities that provide education about mental illness, advocate for equal care and offer support to the millions of Americans who are stigmatized because of a mental health condition. Mental Illness Awareness Week also coincides with the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding (Oct. 7) and National Depression Screening Day (Oct. 9.). If you or your family members are dealing with any mental health issue, contact your EAP program for free and confidential support, resources and information available 24/7.
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The Sandwich Generation
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Most of us reach a point in life when parents or elderly relatives begin to require more attention and time, and sometimes, our financial support as well. Caring for an older person can be complicated and few of us are trained for the many aspects of that care. Balancing work, family and care-giving responsibilities can present some challenges. This workshop provides an overview of information to help the participant cope with their personal life while dealing with their elder’s needs.
EAP webinars are presented by ComPsych trainers. The duration is approximately 45 minutes. Reserve your spot by registering at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/767725902
Running on E: Adding Energy and Passion to your Work and Life
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Longer hours, increased responsibilities, constant change, accelerated pace of business, intensified pressure…But this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and enjoy your work. This workshop will help you not only to survive but also thrive in today’s high-pressure world. By unleashing your energy, igniting your enthusiasm and finding fun in your job, you’re sure to maximize your work performance and even enjoy it!
EAP webinars are presented by ComPsych trainers. The duration is approximately 45 minutes. Reserve your spot by registering at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/889124094
HealthQuest is helping employees make positive lifestyle changes for their health and wellness every day! We want to share this testimonial from one of our Wellness Champions, Melanie, who is an employee at the K-State Research and Extension-Oskaloosa.
“Being selected as a Wellness Champion has given me the opportunity to include others in my workplace with the information and programs. We call ourselves the Cave Dwellers as we are in the basement of the Jefferson County Courthouse and I share the information with them and we try to plan an event every month that correlates with the information. We are committed to improving ourselves as well as our wellness at work.”
If you have experienced success on your own health and wellness journey, HealthQuest invites you to share your story to motivate and inspire other employees. You can submit your story through a self-report form on the wellness portal at http://www.kansashealthquest.com/.
We accept new Wellness Champions throughout the year. Check out the Wellness Champion Website for more information!
You and your family now have another way to receive immediate and confidential
assistance for the issues impacting your life with a new Chat feature offered through the EAP website. Staffed by highly trained master’s and doctoral level clinicians, Chat provides a quick and discreet way for you and the family members in your household to receive referral information and services. Chat is conducted in real-time, and is currently available during normal business hours (8 a.m.-6 p.m. Central Time) in U.S. English. You can also be confident that all your chats are kept private.
Check it out now at www.guidanceresources.com. When registering as a first-time user, enter Company Web ID: SOKEAP. Once logged in, access the new Chat feature in the top right corner of the homepage.
Employees who have not yet qualified for the incentive discount on their 2015 health insurance premium now have more time to earn the reward! The deadline has been extended to November 15, 2014. Those who complete the required health assessment questionnaire (worth 10 credits) and earn an additional 20 credits (for a total of 30 credits) by November 15, 2014, will qualify for a $480 premium incentive discount
for plan year 2015. Full details on the Rewards Program are available at http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/healthquest/rewards.html.
Not sure if you’ve qualified? Employees can confirm their discount status by logging into their account at http://www.kansashealthquest.com/ and clicking on the “My Printable Credits Summary” link from the left menu. For questions about your account or credits, please call the HealthQuest Help Desk toll-free at 1-888-275-1205, option 9.
For those who have already qualified, please note that a new HealthQuest program year will begin on November 16, 2014, to begin earning your next discount.
While most merchants are honest people trying to earn an honest living, there are plenty of con artists and swindlers in the world masquerading as legitimate business people. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to tell them apart.
To describe all of the different swindles consumers are subjected to would be a monumental task. Many of these con games have been run for years, although they undergo subtle variations from time to time as con artists keep them modern. New scams seem to spring up every day, as fast buck artists and fly-by-night operators exercise their creativity in devising ways to separate you from your money.
According to the National Fraud Information Center, con artists target certain individuals because they share some common characteristics:
- Trusting too easily and are not skeptical enough
- Letting greed overcome sound judgment
- Believing something is true just because it’s in print or on television
- Being easily pressured or intimidated
To avoid being fleeced by a consumer scam, ask yourself the following questions before you invest any money in a product, service or investment:
- Is it reasonable for a company to sell the product I am being promised at the advertised price?
- What do I know about the person or company making this offer?
- If this deal is so terrific, why is it being offered to me?
Remember that scam operators rely on their victims’ gullibility and later embarrassment at being fleeced to protect them from the law. If a con artist has victimized you, you will do yourself and your neighbors a favor by reporting the problem to the police or other law enforcement authorities.
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
Kids & Computers:
Becoming a Cyber Savvy Parent
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
In a relatively short timeframe, computers have gone from being a space-age dream to an everyday reality for many people at work, home and school. Children are learning how to use computers at younger ages—many are more computer-savvy than their parents! How does a parent support the need for their children to be familiar with computers in today’s society without letting the computer dominate their child’s time?
EAP webinars are presented by ComPsych trainers. The duration is approximately 45 minutes. Reserve your spot by registering at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/819563022
A will is one of the most important documents for you to have. With EstateGuidance, a
voluntary benefit through your Employee Assistance Program, it’s easy to take care of this difficult but important task.
With the EstateGuidance tool you can:
Name an executor to manage your estate
Choose a guardian for your children
Specify your wishes for your property
Provide funeral and burial instructions
Create and download your will for just $11.99 through August 2014 (or $14.99 thereafter). Get peace of mind. Go to www.guidanceresources.com and click on the EstateGuidance link under the Featured Program section. Online support and instructions for executing your will can be found by clicking Learn More.
For details, visit http://www.kdheks.gov/hcf/healthquest/download/MakingAWill.pdf.
For other estate planning questions, contact your Employee Assistance Program toll-free at 1-888-275-1205, option 7.