Portal Functionality Restored

UPDATE: The IT Network Team has reported that the problem has been identified and resolved at this time.

If you were unable to enter activity forms yesterday, please enter your forms as soon as you are able today.

Users who continue to experience issues accessing the activity form portal should notify their MFLC Liaison immediately.

Thank you!

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Previous message: Users are experiencing issues when attempting to access the activity form portal. Some are receiving an error that states that system will be unavailable until 8 am pacific daylight time.

The IT department is aware and working to resolve the issue. There is no ETA for resolution at this time. This message will be updated once the Portal becomes available.

Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue!

Remembering Gary Lee Newman, MFLC CYB Supervisor

Gary Newman joined the MFLC Program as a CYB Supervisor in 2008 during the rapid expansion of the Child and Youth Behavioral Program and worked with the MFLC Program through the end of contract I in 2012. He was well respected by both his team of MFLCs and his co-workers internally.  After a battling dementia for six years, Gary passed on June 2nd at the age of 58. He will be greatly missed. Gary’s obituary is directly below.

Gary Lee Newman, born September 17, 1959 and peacefully died June 2, 2018. He was 58 years old.

Gary was born in El Campo, TX to his surviving parents Milton and Yvonne Newman. He was later raised in Victoria, TX and graduated from Victoria High School. He went on to earn his BA and MA degrees from Oral Roberta University in Tulsa, OK. Gary served in Pastoral Ministry for over 30 years and was a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing as a Family Therapist.

Gary is survived by his wife of 34 years, Brenda (Bostrom) Newman, his three children, Jessica, Randy and Niki and two grandchildren. Also, his sister Velvet (Newman) Coberley and her family.

A memorial service will be held in Victoria, TX at the First Assembly of God Church, Saturday, June 9th at 4pm.

There will be a second memorial service held in Bixby, OK at New Beginnings Church, Saturday, June 16th at 4pm.

Due to Gary’s retirement funds being exhausted on his caregiving needs during his six year journey with dementia, as well as Brenda being 53 and too young to draw on his social security benefits, we ask that in lieu of flowers, you consider a memorial contribution to give Brenda some recovery time before needing to address how she will provide for herself and her future. Mailing address: Brenda Newman P.O. Box 482 Bixby, OK 74008

FREE 60-minute professional development webinar

July 18, 2018 11 am Eastern

Please join us for the upcoming free webinar opportunity titled: OPPORTUNITIES & POSSIBILITIES: POST TRAUMATIC GROWTH IN RESEARCH & PRACTICE hosted by  the Military Families Learning Network.

In this presentation, Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D. will discuss the theoretical model and research basis of post traumatic growth, the process by which trauma survivors often find valuable
changes in how they live life in the aftermath of trauma. He will outline a framework for therapeutic interventions that facilitate post traumatic growth through a way of relating called expert
companionship. This approach to practice incorporates a broad view of what constitutes trauma, including many experiences that are not typically considered traumatic in our current diagnostic system, but which are traumatic to people because they challenge core beliefs about oneself, other people, the future, and the kind of world in which we live. The attention paid to possibilities for
transformation of individuals and their relationships does not preclude working on typical symptoms of trauma, but recognizes that symptoms are better understood, tolerated, and reduced
when traumatic suffering can have meaning and purpose.

Event Locationhttps://militaryfamilieslearningnetwork.org/event/22082/

How to Join: To join the webinar use the ‘Event Location’ link above and follow all directions within this site. The webinar is hosted by the All Partners Access Network (APAN), but will also be
available through YouTube Live. By using APAN attendees will be able to participate with the presenter and other audience members. For a broadcast only webinar, participants have the option of connecting via YouTube Live.

Continuing Education credit will be offered (at no cost) from the UT School of Social Work for credentialed and licensed professionals; Certificates of completion will also be available for participants interested in receiving training hours.

Company-wide Test of the Emergency Notification System

Safety is a top priority as our country faces an increasing number of natural disasters and security issues that may pose a risk to SPAs.  In order to plan and prepare for unforeseen circumstances, Health Net Federal Services will be conducting a company-wide test of Send Word Now, an emergency notification system, on Friday, June 15, 2018, at approximately 12 p.m. Pacific time / 3 p.m. Eastern time. Testing the system ensures all SPAs will receive critical notifications in the event of a genuine emergency situation.

On Friday, the Send Word Now tool will send a test alert to SPAs by voice, text and/or email using the contact information entered in Workday. Therefore, it is imperative to keep your contact information up to date in Workday to guarantee you will receive notifications. If you do not receive a test notification on Friday, June 15, please update your information in Workday at your earliest convenience. Click link to access instructions: How to Update Contact Info in Workday

Memorial Day 2018

This Memorial Holiday let us remember those that have sacrificed so much for our enduring freedom.  Memorial Day, this Monday, May 28th, is the special day we honor those who have given their lives during military service to our country.

Since the 1900s, more than 40 million men and women have served in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq, and numerous unnamed military engagements. More than half million of these brave men and women gave their lives for the cause of freedom — some in battle, some in captivity.

Many of us have friends or family members whose lives of service included the ultimate sacrifice. Memorial Day is a day that we truly understand.

Memorial Day originated as a day when flowers and flags were placed on the graves of soldiers who had died in the Civil War. Memorial Day is in May in part because so many beautiful flowers are in bloom and can be used to honor those who have died for our country.  But the reason we commemorate this day is found within our own Declaration of Independence — “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  Surely there is no more fitting way to honor those who gave their lives in service to their country than to celebrate the very qualities for which they died: life in all its richness, liberty to discover all that life offers, and the pursuit of happiness through community, family, prosperity, opportunity, freedom, equality, and safety.

These are the things that we enjoy each day — in no small part because of the sacrifice of those whose lives and deaths became the measure of their commitment to America. They are the spring flowers of our nation’s greatness, the proof that life will go on in spite of difficulty and tragedy.  And just as the spring flowers decorated the graves of those who died in the Civil War, we offer our varied activities — parades and picnics and family gatherings no less than graveside services and somber remembrances — as indications of our enduring view that life is worth living, the cycles of life are precious, and that America has been kept strong by sacrifice.

 

To MHNGS’ MFLCs – THANK YOU for your continued dedication and support to our nation’s service members and their families.  Have a great weekend!

Log into your Centene Email

The IT Service Desk is performing an audit for inactive email accounts and disabling those accounts that have been inactive for more than 30 days.

Please remember to log into your Centene network email account at least once every 30 days to avoid this issue.

If you find that your email account has been disabled, please email [email protected] to re-enable your Centene Network account.

Meet the Team Behind Military OneSource’s Call Center

Please explore the links below to the Military OneSource call center videos.  These have been provided by the customer to support their quarterly efforts to enhance communication, collaboration and referral opportunities between Non-medical Counseling programs.

Military OneSource call center videos are now live on the website with an accompanying article:
https://www.militaryonesource.mil/-/military-onesource-call-center

Links to the 30 and 60-second videos are also available on YouTube here:
30 second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFabedwmYhg
60 second video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=pEcCGhq4QWo

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child

Consuela “Connie”  Chapman, CDC CYB supporting Fort Bragg and her students created this magnificent banner to Stand Up! & Speak Up! Against Bullying. Great job!!

Forces for Health Warrior Wednesday Webinar Series 2018

Center for Deployment Psychology has announced that every Wednesday in May, starting May 2nd at Noon EDT, they will host a free online webinar that will be presented through ZOOM, as part of the Forces for Health Warrior Wednesday Webinar Series.

The goal of the series is to bring healthcare disciplines together to discuss culturally-informed, multi-disciplinary care and wellness for our Armed Forces members and Veterans across the lifespan.

Continuing education sponsored by PESI and available for archived streaming after the series is completed by CE21. Webinars are accredited for psychologists, physicians, nurses, social workers and licensed counselors.

May 2: Moral Injury: Healing the Spiritual Wounds of War

Link to register: https://deploymentpsych.ce21.com/item/moral-injury-healing-spiritual-wounds-war-31068

May 9: Trauma Informed Care: Empowering Warriors to Promote Recovery

Link to register: https://deploymentpsych.ce21.com/item/traumainformed-care-empowering-warriors-promote-recovery-31069

May 16: Facilitating a Multidisciplinary, Culturally-informed Response to Interpersonal Violence and Anger

Link to register: https://deploymentpsych.ce21.com/item/facilitating-multidisciplinary-culturallyinformed-response-interpersonal-violence-anger-31070?mc_cid=2e5a6199b4&mc_eid=621423bb40

May 23: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Management of Pain and Opioid Misuse Prevention

Link to register: https://deploymentpsych.ce21.com/item/a-multidisciplinary-approach-management-pain-opioid-misuse-prevention-31071?mc_cid=2e5a6199b4&mc_eid=621423bb40

 

All courses are held between 12 PM – 1 PM Eastern

Courses are free and eligible for one CEU.

 

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child

The military students at Ikego Elementary School worked together with School MFLC, Wendy Seykowski to create this beautiful flag.

Per Wendy: “This was truly a student driven activity from planning to layout with just a bit of guidance from this MFLC.  The majority of the brainstorming occurred during lunch with the MFLC hopping from table to table collecting ideas from students who then selected their favorites.  The students decided that each grade should be assigned a different color of star with the lower grades decorating their stars however they like and the upper grades listing the places they have lived.  When all the stars had been collected, numerous students volunteered their recess time to layout the stars and adhere them.  The flag was then hung at the entrance of the cafeteria and can be seen from way down the hall.”

Students and staff alike have stopped to admire the flag and search for their star or stars of people they know.

Thank you, Wendy, for bringing the children together to create this beautiful flag commemorating their military life experiences.