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Wellness Wednesday Sneak Peek—Crisis Resources and Advice
Sept. 23, 2020

Fires. Hurricanes. Floods. Not to mention, the enduring COVID-19 pandemic. Our Coast Guard workforce and their families are continuing to endure numerous life-changing hurdles. That’s why, during this Wellness Wednesday, guests from our leadership will speak about resources and offer advice that can help mitigate these experiences. 


Wellness Wednesday Sneak Peek—Resources for personal wellness management
Sept. 16, 2020

Join us today for Wellness Wednesday to discuss resources for personal wellness with Ms. Chris Degraw, the ombudsman program manager and Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy. 


Coming up: First Personnel Readiness Expo
Nov. 7, 2019

A one-day expo at Base Portsmouth will give active duty, reservists, civilians and their families an opportunity to learn more about policies and programs available to support their overall readiness.


Tis the Season to Elect Better Health--It's Open Season Time
Nov. 7, 2019
The 2019 Open Season for federal civilians runs Nov. 12 to Dec. 9. During Open Season, all Coast Guard federal civilians can make changes to their health insurance.

Wellness Resources

Coast Guard Pregnancy and New Parent Resource Guide
This guide covers key policies and benefits available to uniform members and civilians who become parents while working at the Coast Guard.

Child Development Centers
Coast Guard families - both civilians and members - have access to child care centers and infant/toddler programs at military bases.

The Family Child Care Program (FCC)  Home Environment Child Care
Search for licensed Coast Guard Family Child Care Program homes in your area. You can also apply to become a provider yourself, if you are married to an active duty member. This blog post explains the FCC program in more detail.

Eldercare Resources
CG SUPRT, work-life specialists, and other federal resources can help you care for aging family members. This page links to caregiver support programs, an eldercare locator, and more.

Handbook for Working Families
OPM’s 2015 handbook covers leave and workplace flexibilities for pregnancy, childbirth, adoption and foster care.

Adoption Assistance Programs
The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Program offers loans and grants directly related to adoption fees, attorney fees, court costs and travel expenses acquired during the adoption process.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program Services
WIC assists families by providing information on topics such as breastfeeding, nutrition and health, in addition, it provides clinic resources throughout the country that provide free resources like milk and diapers.

Chaplain
Chaplains and civilian clergy ensure that Coast Guard families are provided with comprehensive pastoral care.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. Their website details counseling services for mental health and substance abuse—there is also treatment locator resource available.

CG SUPRT (Non-Medical Counseling)
Provides assessment and short-term counseling for a wide range of needs, including stress, family and relationship challenges, parenting, anxiety, depression, work-related concerns, substance abuse, or additional concerns that may impact your well-being. Sessions are available in-person or via telephone, video, and chat. These services are confidential within the bounds of the law. CG SURT Overview

Affinity Groups/ Support Groups (CAC Required)
The Coast Guard has a strong network of groups based on shared interests, experiences and cultural preferences. These communities are intended to encourage networking, support and cameraderie.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Many of us struggle with coping with our emotions. Don’t hesitate to call this local center for emotional distress—it’s available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Call 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Coast Guard families - both civilians and members - have access to child care centers and infant/toddler programs at military bases.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Confidential and trained support personnel will help you find a health facility that offers forensic exams and can assist you in the next steps toward your recovery. The hotline is 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Provides access to highly-trained advocates 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship: 1-800-799-7233 or chat at www.hotline.org

Disaster Assistance.gov
This Department of Homeland Security site provides local resources for emergencies, including a hospital locator and quick links to community leaders, food, housing and other vital resources.

Ready.gov
Get ahead of a critical situation. This site prepares you how to be ready during disasters like severe weather, or the impact such conditions can have on your home environment, like flooding.

Coast Guard Fitness Policy Overview
Fitness is embedded in our culture. Civilians can obtain approval to workout during work hours providing work can be paused without an overall adverse impact to the team or project being performed.

Coast Guard Fitness Program
Resources are available to help you begin your fitness training—either individualized or for your whole team. Tools will help you track your progress and access resources, while getting coaching and encouragement along the way.

Choosemyplate.gov
A delicious resource full with information on food groups, health goals and your budget—all to promote a healthier eating lifestyle

Tobacco Cessation
Trying to break the habit of smoking? This site shares basic information on tobacco that you should know, including unsavory facts on tobacco consumption on our bodies. It also shares resources and tips on how to take control and quit for good.

Coast Guard Morale, Well-being and Recreation
The MWR program’s mission is to uplift the spirits of the Coast Guard family. While geared toward uniform members, many programs are also available to civilian USCG employees.

American Forces Travel
The joint service leisure travel website, AmericanForcesTravel.com, offers military discounts on hotels, flights, cars, packages, cruises and more. The discounts are available for civilians as well!

Recreational Lodging
Coast Guard civilians can book DoD base lodging for vacation and recreational travel.

The Coast Guard offers employees two separate financial counseling programs: CG SUPRT Financial Wellness and USCG Personal Financial Management.

CG SUPRT Financial Wellness
CG SUPRT offers money coaching, identity theft protection services, financial education and a private member website for tracking all your finances in one place. CG SUPRT also offers free tax filing for active duty members, reservists, full-time civil service employees, and their dependents. Call 1-1-855-CGSUPRT (247-8778) or visit their site. Schedule an appointment with a money coach.

USCG Personal Financial Management Program
The Coast Guard’s Health, Safety and Work-Life offices offer Personal Financial Managers. Commanding officers also appoint Command Financial Specialists to provide education, budgeting and information at the command level.

IRS Withholding Calculator
Follow the Internal Revenue Service advice and use this IRS Withholding Calculator to make ensure you have the right amount of tax withheld from your paycheck.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)
This nonprofit credit counseling organization partners with Coast Guard Mutual Assistance to support military, veterans, small business owners, first-time home buyers and people in debt.Find a CCCS office near you or call 1-800-388-2227.

FDIC Money Smart
Money Smart is a comprehensive financial education curriculum designed to help low and moderate-income individuals enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships

Office of Work-Life (CG-111) : Scholarship Program
The Scholarship Program provides information and resources on financial assistance to members of Team Coast Guard.

Free Tax Filing
Coast Guard civilians can file federal and state taxes online for free. Access the H&R Block tax software through the link provided on the CG SUPRT website.

Civilian Career Management Team (CAC Required)
The CCMT helps civilians manage, develop and take charge of their own careers.

Health Promotion Manager
The Health Promotion manager can direct you to health and wellness resources.

Personal Financial Wellness Managers
Connect with your Personal Financial Wellness Manager as part of the Coast Guard’s Financial Wellness Program.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion offers resources to foster collaborative diversity education and socialization.

Last reviewed on: 9/15/2020