Program for Law Enforcement Families and Spouses

On behalf of Sheriff Chris Nocco, the Pasco Sheriff’s Office will be hosting 2, 90 minute seminars on August 30th and 31st designed for law enforcement spouses, family members and/or significant others.

The seminars are designed to provide those most attached to law enforcement, critical emotional and cultural skills while they support, defend and comfort the law enforcer. Skills of empathy, assertiveness, self-regard as well as optimism, self-actualization and social responsibility will be highlighted and taught amongst other valuable communication and leadership skills. So whether you are a veteran spouse, a new partner or just interested in learning a language to reduce the emotional interference within your law enforcement family this program is for you.

Please come join us at the West Campus of Pasco Hernando State College Conference Center located at 10230 Ridge Road, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

About the presenter, Bob Anderson, Leading Challenges.

Bob Anderson is a dynamic and international speaker and highly sought after performance coach driven by the desire to create individuals and organizations that are emotionally intelligent. A combat veteran, former high school principal, adventure racer and father of two, Bob’s formal

education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages from Norwich University and a Master’s Degree in Administration Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University. Over the years Bob has designed and conducted leadership and team development programs for corporations, educational institutions and entrepreneurial firms all over the world. With his unique and keen insights into the power of effectively using and developing an individual’s emotional intelligence, we at the Pasco Sheriff’s Office are excited to offer Bob’s perspective in dealing with the over whelming pressures and demands effecting law enforcement and their families.

 

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Open Enrollment

The annual open enrollment period for the Pasco Sheriff’s Office health, dental, and vision insurance plans is August 13-26 this year. During Open Enrollment, eligible employees must:

  • Enroll and/or change health, dental, and vision insurance plans.
  • Enroll, add, or delete eligible family members to health, dental, and vision insurance plans.

 

The best news is that we were able to maintain our current premiums for the health insurance, and we were able to reduce premiums for dental and vision insurance an average of 5% and 13% respectively. We will also offer a new healthcare option called MDLive. This new feature allows you to video conference with a doctor for less than it costs to go to your doctor. The entire benefit booklet with more information is available at: www.pascosheriff.com/employee-benefits/.

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The Pasco Sheriff’s Office offers an impressive array of benefits from which to choose.

 

Online Enrollment!!

New this year, we are proud to announce our new Employee Online benefits portal. This program can be accessed from the comfort of your own home, office or by visiting the Human Resources Team at any of the open enrollment locations. Through the portal you can request changes to your health, dental and vision plans. Step-by-step instructions with illustrations on how to use Employee Online is available at:

www.pascosheriff.com/employee-benefits/ (Open Enrollment How-To).

 

Health Plan Options

This next policy year (Oct 1, 2016 to Sep 30, 2017) we will offer Continental Benefits with the Aetna medical network. We will continue offering three plans (one HMO and two PPOs); however, because we are changing medical networks it is absolutely essential that all eligible employees make new selections during open enrollment. You can search for doctors in the Aetna network via www.aetna.com/asa. Continental will offer prescriptions coverage through WellDyneRx with a Rx delivery service and a mobile app.

 

Dental Plan Options

In an effort to reduce your dental insurance costs the PSO will now offer eligible employees three new dental plans through MetLife. Because we are changing our provider to MetLife all employees who currently have dental or want to add dental must update their preferences in Employee Online. To search for participating providers visit:

www.metlife.com and choose the Dental HMO/Managed Care Network for the Plan Name on the next screen select Met245. For the DHMO plan you must enter the dentist’s “Facility ID” number in Employee Online. To search for participating PPO providers visit: www.metlife.com and choose PDP Plus network (High & Low Plan).

 

Vision Plan Options

We will continue to offer optional vision insurance through Advantica. Fortunately, we were able to reduce the cost to our members by an average of 5%. 

 

Locations

Did I mention that we are launching Employee Online? The best location to complete your open enrollment process is from the comfort of your home. However, if after reviewing the online Employee Benefits at a Glance booklet you have more questions, you can join us at any of these locations from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm.

 

August 16 & 17

Detention Central

20101 Central Blvd., Land O’Lakes FL 34637

 

August 18 & 19

CPI Conference Room (first floor)

7601 Little Road, Suite 200, New Port Richey FL 34654

August 22 & 23

District II

36409 State Road 52, Dade City FL 33525

 

Numerous representatives are available at the open enrollment locations, including: health, prescriptions, dental, vision, life, CareHere!, Legal Shield, ID Theft Protection, EAP, and Aflac.

 
 

2016-2017 Active Employee Deductions

Plan

Monthly Deductions

Bi-Weekly Deductions (24 PP)

Continental Benefits – HMO    
Employee Only

$51.70

$25.85

Employee + Spouse

$204.74

$102.37

Employee + Child(ren)

$173.90

$86.95

Family Coverage

$430.50

$215.25

Family, Married (both work at Pasco)

$51.74

$25.87

Continental Benefits – Gold Plan

 

 

Employee Only

$28.42

$14.21

Employee + Spouse

$151.16

$75.58

Employee + Child(ren)

$131.96

$65.98

Family Coverage

$358.30

$179.15

Family, Married (both work at Pasco)

$0.00

$0.00

Continental Benefits – Silver Plan

 

 

Employee Only

$0.00

$0.00

Employee + Spouse

$85.82

$42.91

Employee + Child(ren)

$80.82

$40.41

Family Coverage

$270.22

$135.11

Family, Married (both work at Pasco)

$0.00

$0.00

 

 

Metlife Dental – DHMO 

 

 

Employee Only

$12.60

$6.30

Employee + 1

$22.10

$11.05

Family

$34.70

$17.35

Metlife Dental – High PPO Plan

 

 

Employee Only

$25.60

$12.80

Employee + 1

$49.30

$24.65

Family

$82.70

$41.35

Metlife Dental -Low Plan

 

 

Employee Only

$15.80

$7.85

Employee + 1

$28.00

$14.00

Family

$47.00

$23.50

 

 

Advantica Vision – “Select 125” Plan

 

 

Employee Only

$5.52

$2.76

Family

$13.86

$6.93

Advantica Vision – “Select 150” Plan

 

 

Employee Only

$7.20

$3.60

Family

$18.10

$9.05

 


New you can useImportant News Items and Valuable Infornation

  • See Employee Insurance Plans – Information & Benefits at above link.
  • See 2015-16 Employee Insurance Open Enrollment Information at above link.
  • See Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Memo at above link.
  • See CareHere Clinics information at above link.
  • See Information on Meeting regarding insurance for retirees, spouses of retirees, and those nearing retirement

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StressStressed Out and No Place to Go?

If you are a law enforcement officer or the spouse of one, then you know how stress can play a major factor on the home front, especially

over the holidays. With swing shifts and missed family gatherings, to in-laws with their idiosyncrasies, overly stretched budgets, and crime that does not take a break, these December days can mount up and overwhelm. Tempers flair, needs go unmet, and words wound. So how do we cope with the craziness of the holidays? Here’s a simple list of five ways to lessen the stress:

  1. Make time for God. For some, this may be the first time you’ve really ever thought of it. For others, perhaps it has been awhile. Regardless, God wants a relationship with you! Spend some time seeking Him. His word promises that if we seek Him, He will be found. Take it from a former runner (running aw
    ay from God)…He is worth the pursuit!
  2. Make time for yourself. To some this may seem selfish, but it is a proven fact that if you don’t take care of yourself, then you won’t be any good to anyone else. Take an hour, a day or an evening to do something you love to do. Catch up on that television series, read that book you started but couldn’t finish, take a walk, etc. Believe me, you’re family will thank you.
  3. Make time for your spouse. Treat him or her to dinner. Invite them out for an evening of fun. Remember, your relationship with your spouse should involve a lifelong love commitment. Often, the stress we are feeling towards him or her stems from a lack of reconnection. Relationships will not survive if we never feed them with time, love and care. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and have some fun together! You won’t regret it.
  4. Step back and breathe. Sometimes the stresses can overwhelm us causing our blood pressure to rise to the boiling point. When you feel stress creeping up, step back and take deep breaths before you speak. If necessary, remove yourself from the situation for five minutes or until you can get a handle on your emotions. When you can control your words and actions instead of them controlling you, your true inner strength shines.
  5. Seek outside help. Somehow we get this crazy notion that seeking help for our stress is a sign of weakness.

That is the farthest thing from the truth! Realizing and admitting you’re having difficulties is a HUGE sign of strength. If there comes a point when you just can’t manage on your own any longer, then seek professional help. There are many organizations for law enforcement which help with this sort of thing confidentially. One I like to recommend is www.safecallnow.org. Please…don’t wait until it’s too late. Seek help now. We want you around and so does your family!


BooksFaith Based Books

  • Lives Behind the Badge – Kristi Neace
  • Standing Courageous – Kristi Neace
  • Survival Guide for Police Wives – Kristi Neace
  • Because I’m Suitable – Chaplain Allison R. Uribe
  • A CHiP On My Shoulder – Victoria M. Newman
  • Life Behind His Shield – Meghan Alanis
  • Stories of Faith and Courage from Cops on the Street – Grant Wolf
  • The PeaceKeepers: A Bible Study for Law Enforcement Officers – Michael Dye
  • Layers: Living a Life Unhindered – Kristi Neace (Bible study for Women)
  • I Love A Cop: What Police Families Need To Know (Revised Edition). Ellen Kirschman, Guilford Press, 2006. Find this book on Amazon.com.
  • In Harm’s Way: Help for the Wives of Military Men, Police, EMTs, & Firefighters. Aphrodite Matsakis, PhD., New Harbinger Publications, 2005. Find this book on Amazon.com.
  • Cops Don’t Cry: A Book of Help and Hope for Police Families. Vali Stone, Creative Bound, 2007. Find this book on Amazon.com.
  • Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement: A Guide for Officers and Their Families. Kevin Gilmartin, PhD., E-S Press, 2002. Find this book on Amazon.com.
  • Courage After Fire. Keith Armstrong, L.C.S.W., Suzanne Best, Ph.D., & Paula Domenici, Ph.D., Ulysses Press, 2006. Find this book on Amazon.com.

Online ResourcesOnline Resources:

Responder Life Ministries: www.responderlife.org –  Support for both First Responders and their spouses and families: Police, Fire, Paramedics, EMTS

Badgeofhopeministries.com : Faith Based Ministry for Spousal Support, as well as Spiritual Support for the Officer and his family: Kristi Neace (http://www.kristineace.com) and her husband Cpl. Rick Neace (Union CIty Police Mo.), Kristi is both a speaker and author.

http://www.shieldedhearts.org/– Spousal Support for Law Enforcement Officers Spouses

www.How2LoveYourCop.com: Victoria Newman:As a wife of 25 years to an Assistant Chief with the California Highway Patrol, victoria@how2loveyourcop.com
Sign up for Victoria’s Blog
Facebook – A CHiP on My Shoulder Fan Page
Twitter – How2loveyourcop

Policestressunit.org/spouse.htm – Central Florida Police Stress Unit
The Central Florida Police Stress Unit, INc.
The PSU Training Institute
Office Phone: (407) 428-1800
Fax Number: (407) 282-2891 e-mail: leotrainer@aol.com

Badge of Life: Police Suicide Prevention : www.badgeoflife.com – https:/www.facebook.com/pages/Badge-of-Life

www.wivesbehindthebadge.org – Perhaps the largest organization for wives, providing resources, emotional support and networking

 Online organization for wives, blog. Http://www.Facebook.com/thepolicewifelife

www.policewives.org – Offers support forums and charitable efforts for families of law enforcement officers.

www.wivesonduty.com – Faith-based encouragement for cop wives, Modesto, CA and San Antonio,TX

www.copswives.com – Offers support and encouragement for wives of police officers

National Police Wives Association: http://nationalpolicewivesassociation.org/


CounsellingLocal Counselors:

Pasco Sheriff ’s Office Chaplains

Trinity Life Counseling –www.trinitylifecounseling.com
Fred Fellicano, LMHC, P.A.
“Helping those caught in Life’s Difficulties to grow and move again.”
4907 Vandyke rd, ste.11, Lutz, Florida 33558
Phone: 813.960.4181 • 727.848.0013 • fax: 813.364.1777

New Life Wellness Center at Calvary Chapel Worship Center
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday 9:00-5:00PM (After hours appointments are available)
The New Life Wellness Center is about:
-Healthy relationships
-Providing tools of self-management
-Promoting a multi-disciplinary approach of caring for the physical, emotional, and
Spiritual needs of our clients.
Pastor Andrea – Andrea@ccwc.org or 727-859-7411- Pasco Sheriff Chaplain
Pastor Johannes – johannes@ccwc.org or 727-495-6370- Former Military and Police Officer from South Africa
Melissa Dawn Richards: Child and adolescent, Family, PTSD Counseling

Restoration Counseling Center
17886 N US Highway 41
Lutz, Florida 33549
(813) 701-3261

Dr. Dennis Cox
Trinity Counseling Service
9020 Rancho Del Rio Dr
Suite 124
New Port Richey, Florida 34655
(727) 478-4839

Tampa Bay Christian Counseling Services: Family and Individual Counseling
http://tbccc.org
813-964-5511
3036 W. Bearss Ave. Tampa, Fl. 33618
Counselors:
Christopher Cambas, Michelle Childs, Natalie West Southward