Wishing you a warm and safe Thanksgiving holiday

Dear MFLCs,

As we enter the holiday season, the services and support you provide through the MFLC Program for our nation’s military men and women becomes even more important. Thank you for all you do to support today’s military service members and their families.

Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday,
MHNGS MFLC Management Team

People Power: Maintaining Professional Support Through Teams and Networks

Featuring conversations with Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, North Dakota State University and Elizabeth Wright, Program Manager, U.S. Military Exceptional Family Member Program, this episode explores what researchers know about professional support networks and offers key strategies to help professionals thrive.

Access the podcast here: People Power: Maintaining Professional Support Through Teams and Networks

About This Podcast

Each month host Alicia Cassels introduces individuals who excel in challenging professional fields and interviews experts in medical, social and management sciences to explore what keeps professionals engaged and thriving at work. 

CEU Information & Certificates of Completion 

.5 CEU is available for this podcast through the University of Texas School of Social Work. These educational hours may be submitted by professionals to meet continuing education requirements for renewal of Social Work, Professional Counselor, and Family Therapist licenses. The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work is an approved CEU provider in all but the following 11 states: Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, North Dakota, Ohio and Oklahoma.

Participants are encouraged to check with their states’ latest licensing rules to confirm reciprocity and CEU rules. 

**To obtain CEUs or Certificates of Completion for this episode, take the evaluation and/or post-test here.

Labor Day

Dear MFLCs,

As the nation prepares to pay tribute on Labor Day to the American worker, we can’t help but reflect on the great dedication and service provided through MHNGS’ MFLC counselors throughout the world and the difference that support makes in the lives of our nation’s service members and the military family.

Please take a moment during your Labor Day weekend to reflect on your important work and the positive impact you make through the MFLC Program.

Wishing you a restful and restorative break,
Pam Swanson & Betsy McBride
Senior Program Directors, MFLC Program

MHNGS PORTAL Up and Running

The MHNGS Portal issues have been resolved.

Thank you for your patience today!

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Our IT team has been made aware of the technical issue. We do not have an ETA for when the problem will be resolved.

Please check back periodically for updates and thank you for your patience.

Happy 4th of July!

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

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!

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