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Operating as usual

10/15/2020

Seante Johnson, founder of Birthday Bash Box, donated 31 birthday boxes to the Harris County girls who will or have celebrated a birthday in October. The birthday box contain cake mix so each girl can bake their own birthday cake, a toy, an activity book and an age appropriate book. Kendra Scott donated a bracelet and an apron to go into each box. The people in the attached pictures shopped, organized and then delivered the boxes to the Murworth office.

10/05/2020
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October is Self-Care Month! Taking care of yourself is the only way to maintain your health. We hope you will take some time to explore this topic this month and will consider multiple ways to take care for yourself. While exploring this topic, be sure to check out the wellness resources available to assist you with self-care at http://intranet.dfps.txnet.state.tx.us/Chief_of_Staff/Human_Resources/Wellness/default.asp and https://www.ers.texas.gov/What-s-Happening-Now/COVID-19-and-Your-Health-Plan. In addition, be sure to check out the additional resources and webinars below:

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Deer Oaks, Employee Assistance Program Provider (EAP), offers valuable work/life and daily living services especially during COVID-19. These services are available to DFPS employees, household members and their dependents even if they do not live within the same household. Services are also available via the telephone and other methods. Below is a summary of what’s available:

Existing Services:

• Work-life services such as child care, elder care, and daily living consultation
• Legal and financial consultation
• Reimbursement for transportation services through the High Roads Program
• iConnectYou smartphone application, which allows staff to connect to a counselor via phone, video, instant messaging or SMS text
• And more!

New Services:

• Work-life referral packets with confirmed availability
• Daily living consultation and referral service to provide assistance with needs such as locating pet sitters, plumbers, moving services, contractors, fitness centers, etc.
• Innovative, re-imagined Work/Life website-Engagement Engine
• RMS Instant Messaging with a work-life consultant
• Identity theft consultation, resources and referrals

To register for one of the upcoming webinars to learn more about these services, please click on the links below:

Monday, October 5, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1850155218469513987

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Registration link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9019143654894600707
This month, starting on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, our EAP is highlighting Mental Strength.
To access this seminar, please follow these steps:
• Click on https://members.deeroakseap.com/ and enter in DFPS for both the log in and password.
• Scroll down to “Online Seminars”
• Click on “Read more: Online Seminars” link
• Under “View Upcoming On Demand Online Seminars”, click on the seminar called “The Mental Strength Workout”.

Note: You may also view past recordings and see what new seminars will be offered in the future.

Employee Retirement System (ERS)

This month there are several wellness opportunities available through ERS with a focus on self-care -- something we should all be focusing on. Self-care can be very challenging right now, especially if you have children or grandchildren in your household. We hope you find support through the resources shared in this month’s webinars:

• Coping Strategies to Build Relationships on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
• Feel Good Food: Nutrition to Support Immunity on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
• Building Resilience through Self-Compassion on Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The attached flyer has a brief description of the webinars and registration links. For a full description and speaker bios, you can go directly to the ERS Wellness Events Calendar.

Note: You can also view previously archived wellness webinars at ERS Wellness Webinar Archive Link. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) also has some very useful recorded webinars available through the DPS Webinar Archive Link. Any questions about these resources can be sent to [email protected].

Health Assessment

Did you know taking a Health Assessment is a great way to learn more about your health? In addition, you can earn 8 hours of leave for
Completing your Health Assessment along with obtaining an annual physical. More information is available at
http://intranet.dfps.txnet.state.tx.us/Chief_of_Staff/Human_Resources/Wellness/Leave_for_Physical_Exam.asp.

HealthSelect BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS)

Address Your Stress

Your everyday life can improve when you know how to manage your stress. The Have Stress? Or Does it Have You? Webinar will help you better understand:

• The effects of stress,
• Common internal and external stressors,
• Workplace stress,
• Symptoms of chronic stress and
• Various strategies and techniques to help manage stress.
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Meeting link: https://hcsc.webex.com/hcsc/j.php?MTID=me20465a6fd781e46f34d228d816f3f73
Meeting number: 960 196 920
For audio, join by phone. Please dial 1-800-931-6429
Flu Shots

The 2020 flu season is almost upon us. This year, because of COVID-19 and resulting public health challenges, it’s especially important to get a flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging everyone to get a flu shot earlier, starting in September.

Most primary care providers and retail health clinics (located in pharmacies or grocery stores) offer flu shots. To ensure the vaccine is covered at 100% through their HealthSelectSM plan benefits, participants should make sure the provider or clinic is in-network. For help locating in-network providers, HealthSelect participants can call a BCBSTX Personal Health Assistant toll-free at (800) 252-8039, Monday—Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. CT.

HealthSelect participants can also get also get the flu vaccine through their HealthSelect of Texas® and Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM prescription drug program (PDP) benefits. The flu vaccine is provided at no cost to participants when they go to in-network pharmacies. For more information about HealthSelect PDP flu shot benefits or for help locating an in-network pharmacy, participants can call the HealthSelect of Texas PDP toll-free, (855) 828-9834.
Fitness Program
Join the Fitness Program in October with no enrollment fee!

For the month of October, the $19 one-time enrollment fee will be waived for all HealthSelect participants and their covered dependents age 16 and older. Use code FallFit2020 during registration to have the fee waived.
The Fitness Program is available to HealthSelect participants and their covered dependents (age 16 and older). Note: Dependents younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The program gives you unlimited access to a nationwide network of more than 11,500 fitness centers and select YMCA locations. If you want, you can choose one gym close to home, one near work and one when on vacation. To learn more about the program:
• Go to BCBS Fitness Program
• Call 888-762-BLUE (2583) Monday– Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. in any continental U.S. time zone.

Note: Memberships can be frozen or cancelled at any time.

Naturally Slim

Naturally Slim is a program to help you lose weight and improve your health– at no cost! The Naturally Slim program doesn’t include starving, counting calories, or eating diet food. It’s an online program that helps you learn how to eat and manage your weight in a way that reduces your chance of getting a serious disease, like diabetes or heart disease, and increases your chances at living a longer, healthier life. Lose weight, plus improve your overall health –while eating the foods you love!

To learn more, please be sure to register for the upcoming webinar:

Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/2595887/C22EEDE14154A20F74A8C1FE810AFD6D

Real Appeal

Real Appeal helps you to take small steps that lead to lasting weight loss. The program can be tailored to your goals, preferences, and lifestyle. It’s an online weight loss program that offers:

• A transformation coach who leads weekly online group sessions
• Online tools to help track your food activity and weight loss progress
• A success kit with food and weight scales, recipes, workout DVDs and more shipped right to your door

To learn more, please be sure to join the upcoming Real Appeal webinar:

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. https://rallyhealth.webex.com/rallyhealth

Meeting number (access code): 133 705 3937
Meeting password: realappeal
Join by phone: 1-855-282-6330

To learn more about all of the wellness offerings available to HealthSelect participants and their covered dependents at https://healthselect.bcbstx.com/content/health-and-wellness-incentives/index.

Note for all webinars: All times are Central Standard Time. Please be sure to log in five minutes prior to scheduled sessions. Accessing the webinar using Wi-Fi or hot spot with a low/weak signal may affect access.

Fitness Opportunities

Fall Into Fitness Challenge

As highlighted in DFPS Delivers, the fourth annual Commissioner’s Fall Into Fitness Challenge is underway. This challenge started on September 14, 2020 and runs through November 22, 2020. It’s a great way to enhance your health and wellbeing especially during COVID-19.

The challenge is a 10-week competition between DFPS staffers to see who can be the most physically active. You can complete the challenge by achieving at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week for six weeks or more out of the 10-week stretch. Your six weeks does not have to be consecutive, but completion requires achieving at least 150 minutes in each week for a grand total of 900 minutes or more!

Participation and physical activity should be done on your personal time, but can include the use of DFPS Wellness Resources such as "Flex Time for Exercise", "Walk Day", and the use of virtual fitness classes and YouTube videos located at Virtual Events.
Everyone who completes the Commissioner's challenge requirements will receive a certificate of completion and earn four hours of fitness leave.
To enter, you are required to review, sign and submit Form 5375 - Worksite Wellness Program Physical Activity Participation Agreement to the DFPS Wellness Coordinator. Then be sure to register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q899672.

Virtual Fitness Classes and Videos

Statewide Intake invites you to participate in the following Yoga sessions:

• Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

To attend, please click on the following link:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/473047149
United States: +1 (571) 317-3112
Access Code: 473-047-149
• Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
To attend, please click on the following link:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/496219853
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122
Access Code: 496-219-853
Note: In order to avoid any connectivity issues, please be sure to turn off your camera before joining this class.

DFPS employees are also invited to attend the following fitness classes offered by the Texas Office of the Attorney General (OAG) and Department of Public Safety (DPS):

• Mondays 12:00 noon – Zumba Toning (OAG)
• Tuesdays 12:00 noon – PiYo Fitness (OAG)
• Thursdays 12:00 noon – Barre Above (OAG)
• Pre-recorded exercise YouTube videos (DPS)

More information is located at http://intranet.dfps.txnet.state.tx.us/Chief_of_Staff/Human_Resources/Wellness/Virtual_Events.asp.

Virtual Wellness Fair

You are invited to participate in the Virtual Wellness Fair! The theme of our wellness fair is Building Resilience and we have a great line-up of speakers, fitness instructors, and 5-10 minute afternoon “brain-breaks” scheduled to help support you and your well-being. If you would like to participate, please register through the Virtual Wellness Fair Registration Link.

More information is located at http://intranet.dfps.txnet.state.tx.us/Chief_of_Staff/Human_Resources/Wellness/Virtual_Events.asp.

Walk Day

DFPS employees are encouraged to walk for 30 minutes the last Friday of each month. Be sure to go for a walk on Friday, October 30, 2020, for 30 minutes for your wellness!

For more information, please reach out to your Regional Wellness Coordinators, Regional Wellness Committee Members, Wellness Council or send an email to [email protected].

DFPS  post – For July, we will be focusing on FINANCIAL FITNESS!If you have money goals, you won't want to miss the Augu...
08/03/2020
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DFPS post – For July, we will be focusing on FINANCIAL FITNESS!

If you have money goals, you won't want to miss the August webinar series - https://ers.texas.gov/Event-Calendars/Wellness-Events.

Each week brings you a new topic -- from “Budgeting Basics” and “Credit 101” to “Ask a Financial Expert about Money Management” and “Funding your Future.” Don’t miss the first of the series on August 6!

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Magid Glove and Safety and their vendor donated masks (AOK Tooling Limited) as a partnership.  They donated 50,000 masks...
07/14/2020

Magid Glove and Safety and their vendor donated masks (AOK Tooling Limited) as a partnership. They donated 50,000 masks for now. They wanted to get a mask into the hand of the less fortunate that do not have the means to secure mask themselves.

Here is a quote from the donor. “Throughout this pandemic, our organization has been focused on how we can practically help our community. Our family-owned business has been a part of Harris County for the past 5 years and in business for more than 70 years and we feel it’s simply the right thing to do to give back and help keep this region safe,” said Greg Cohen, CEO of Magid. “DFPS plays a critical role in the lives of so many children, families and individuals facing serious obstacles. The people working with DFPS are also on the frontlines, and our donation will help them carry out their crucial work this summer.”

04/03/2020
Region 6 A&B celebrated the end of Black History month through music, trendsetting, Pioneers and learning about the hist...
03/02/2020
2020 Region 6A&B Black History Program

Region 6 A&B celebrated the end of Black History month through music, trendsetting, Pioneers and learning about the history of Motown while enjoying the presence of the Supremes, Gladys Knight and the Pips and the Temptations. There was Awesome music provided by Region 6A staff and the food was provided by Region 6B (Mildred Anderson) and some 6A staff.

https://youtu.be/AowXjDkobjo

Black History Program

The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc within the Houston and surrounding Houston chapters donated dresses, men su...
02/25/2020

The ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc within the Houston and surrounding Houston chapters donated dresses, men suits, toiletries, bedding, jewelry, DSW gift cards and shoes so the youth who are in the custody Children’s Protective Services will be able to shop for items for the 2020 Prom.

Josie Jones

Camp Registration
06/20/2019
Camp Registration

Camp Registration

DeAndre Washington Youth Football Camp Registration The camp will be held at Marshall High School in Missouri City, TX on Saturday, June 29th, 2019 Event check in will start at 8:00 am with camp beginning at 9:00 am. There will be around 250 campers, plus all the volunteers and participant’s famil...

Alysa Elliott Wilson is posing in her DIVA kind of way.
06/11/2019

Alysa Elliott Wilson is posing in her DIVA kind of way.

Harris County Community Initiative Specialist, Josie Jones, and one of her volunteers, Hattie Brown Jones Carothers, par...
06/11/2019

Harris County Community Initiative Specialist, Josie Jones, and one of her volunteers, Hattie Brown Jones Carothers, participated in a resource fair hosted by Justice For Our Neighbor’s. There were a lot of interesting vendors in attendance.

On Saturday, June 8th we celebrated the 2019 graduates. These youth have been through a lot but they were still determin...
06/11/2019

On Saturday, June 8th we celebrated the 2019 graduates. These youth have been through a lot but they were still determined to graduate and move on to their next endeavors. Congratulations young men and women. We are proud of you and know you will do great things in life.

Josie Jones Hattie Brown Jones Carothers
06/11/2019

Josie Jones Hattie Brown Jones Carothers

Child Protective Services would like to thank James Anthony a manager at the Walmart Supercenter located in Crosby ,TX for providing DFPS with a generous donation . We appreciate your support in helping serve children and families .

Walmart Crosby

Child Protective Services would like to thank James Anthony a manager at the Walmart Supercenter located in Crosby ,TX f...
06/11/2019

Child Protective Services would like to thank James Anthony a manager at the Walmart Supercenter located in Crosby ,TX for providing DFPS with a generous donation . We appreciate your support in helping serve children and families .

Walmart Crosby

04/12/2019

For the last three years, the sorority sisters of the Alpha Kappa Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. redecorated visitation rooms and donated toys, school supplies, and canned food for 925 youth and their families. Thank you, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., for your dedication to our children and families!

Are you part of a group that would like to volunteer?

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2VJ1Ne9

Jane Dominguez’s Program challenged CJ Broussard White’s Executive team to a kick ball competition during the Dominguez ...
04/05/2019
2019 Kickball Competition

Jane Dominguez’s Program challenged CJ Broussard White’s Executive team to a kick ball competition during the Dominguez Program Meeting.

Speed walking- Executive Team won
Tug of war - Dominguez Team won
Kickball Competition- Executive Team won

03/30/2019
03/30/2019
03/30/2019
Photos from Region 6A Children's Protective Services's post
03/26/2019

Photos from Region 6A Children's Protective Services's post

03/26/2019
2019 Black History Program (Region 6A and 6B).
02/27/2019

2019 Black History Program (Region 6A and 6B).

02/27/2019

Region 6A/6B Black History Program

11/05/2018
No More Trash Bags

Some instructors and students at UH Central donated several bags to CPS so our children will have a duffle bag for their items.

Diaper Giveaway TOMORROW 8a-11 and 5p-7p St. John's Downtown2019 Crawford Houston, TX 77002***While Supplies Last***
10/31/2018

Diaper Giveaway TOMORROW 8a-11 and 5p-7p
St. John's Downtown
2019 Crawford
Houston, TX 77002
***While Supplies Last***

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