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Diabetes Cost Savings!

Living with Diabetes – PEHP Resources
Most of us know someone with diabetes and are aware of the sky-rocketing costs associated with staying healthy. 
How does $10 insulin and test strips sound? As a state employee, it could be a reality for you. 
If you are enrolled with PEHP, here are three simple ways to save money, earn money and manage your diabetes! 

You may qualify to receive test strips and insulin for as little as $10 each per month when you enroll in the Diabetes Savings Program 

Free diabetes educational online classes.

Next class begins on Monday, November 14th. Diabetes Management Rebate, apply here

1 in 3 people have pre-diabetes and do not know it! Find your risk level here
More information about Type 1, Type 2 and pre-diabetes can be found here.

Get Vaccinated, Get Cash

You may be eligible to get up to $250 cash back for getting the COVID-19 vaccine

Colleagues in the office practicing alternative greeting to avoid handshakes during COVID-19 pandemic

You may be eligible to receive a cash incentive for getting the COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot. Cash back is available if you get the full COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot after October 1, 2021. Your covered spouse and dependents are also eligible.

Cash Back Amounts

$250 – Age 50+ (full vaccination)

$100 – Age 12-49 (full vaccination)

$50 – Booster shot for ages 12+

Why offer cash back?

Cash back is being offered to help decrease the daily rate of hospitalizations in Utah due to the Coronavirus. The governor announced the cash incentives on September 30, 2021.

Who’s eligible to get cash back?

PEHP members, spouses, and dependents who are covered under the State of Utah Health Plan are eligible. You are receiving this message because you are covered under the State of Utah Health Plan. See FAQs (PDF)

How to apply for cash back

To qualify for cash back, you must complete a COVID Vaccine Cash Back Application (PDF) and submit it to PEHP with a copy of your vaccination record card as proof of full vaccination or booster shot. All vaccinations must be received after October 1, 2021. A separate application must be submitted for each individual.

Send us your application and a copy of supporting documents via the secure Message Center or mail to: 560 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102. Once PEHP has verified proof of vaccination, please allow up to 60 days to receive your cash back. Please note this is taxable income and FICA is withheld. Checks will be addressed to the PEHP subscriber.

If you have any questions, contact us at (801) 366-7555.

COVID Vaccine Cash Back Application (PDF)

Mental Wellness FAQs

Q. What is Mental Wellness?

A. “Mental wellness is an internal resource that helps us think, feel, connect, and function; it is an active process that helps us to build resilience, grow, and flourish.” Global Wellness Institute

Q. What is Mental wellness leave and when can I begin taking Mental Wellness leave?

A. This time is provided to allow employees an opportunity to address their mental health through stress and anxiety reducing activities. 

  • The new benefit is effective January 1, 2022. However, agencies may allow utilization of this benefit prior to that date providing the 4 hours of administrative leave is not exceeded in a fiscal year.
  • Check with your supervisor before taking this leave to ensure taking the leave does not create a burden for your agency.

Q. What steps can I take to achieve better mental wellness?

A. Utilize the 4 hours of administrative leave (OA) each fiscal year to access the many mental health resources offered through the state’s benefit vendors and the Department of Human Services, and other mental wellness practices.

Q. What mental health resources are available to state employees and how much do they cost?

A. The employee tool kit provides several ideas about where to begin. Some highlights include Blomquist Hale, which is available at no-cost to ALL state employees-even if you are non-benefited. There are also many no cost activities offered through the Department of Human Services. For benefitted employees, most other resources are free unless otherwise noted. Find a full list here.

Q. Do unused Administrative Leave hours roll over year-to-year?

A. These hours do not rollover; they must be used in the fiscal year.

Q. Do I have to take all 4 hours of leave at once?

A. This leave can be taken in one hour increments.

Q. What rules or policies are in place for this leave?

A. Administrative leave shall be administered in accordance with DHRM Rule R477-7-7(1)(a)(iv) which says:

(1) Management may grant administrative leave to any employee consistent with agency policy for the following reasons: 

(a) administrative;

(iv) other reasons consistent with agency policy;

Q. As a supervisor, where can I get more guidance and information about administering this new benefit for my employees?

A. Here are the guidelines to keep in mind when administering the Mental Wellness Administrative Leave. This time is meant to allow employees an opportunity to focus on their mental health through stress and anxiety reducing activities. Therefore, there is no need to obtain an evidentiary note or to ask the employee to provide other information.

Q. Why is the state doing this?

A. The State of Utah as an employer cares about its employees. Therefore, the state is taking a more holistic approach to its employee’s overall well-being. Adding this mental wellness benefit partners with your other great benefits that support your physical well-being, your financial well-being and future well-being.

Q. Do I need to use the time to work with mental health professionals?

A. No. You may use the time to talk with a professional either in person or virtually. You may also use the time to tune into over 100 pre-recorded webinars from Blomquist Hale, DHRM and Human Services. There are a variety of topics that may interest you. You may also elect to take part in PEHP’s Wellness activities, or choose an activity on your own that helps you relax and handle stress more effectively.

Q. How do I record this time in ESS?

A. Time is recorded in the payroll system as follows: 

  • Use the “OA” code for the leave type 
  • Double click on the cell where the OA leave is recorded and type “OA Mental Wellness Care” in the short text-box that appears. Supervisors must track their employees’ use of OA leave for these purposes as they approve it in payroll. 
  • Supervisors should not approve OA leave in payroll if an employee has already used four (4) hours of OA leave for mental health during the fiscal year.  

Q. Where should questions be directed?

A. While the staff at your HR Field Office are not mental health professionals, they are able to direct you to professionally developed activities and assistance.

Q. Blomquist Hale wait times have been significant. Will I be able to get an appointment?

A. Yes. Blomquist Hale is aware of this new program and has been working to reduce wait times and ensure assistance is available to anyone who would like it.

Resources can be found on the Employee Gateway

Mental Health Benefits and Resources

NEW Mental Wellness Administrative Leave

Amid a mounting mental health crisis, Governor Cox and the State of Utah are stepping forward to support Utah’s 21,000 executive branch employees, many of whom are frontline workers carrying our communities through the pandemic, and to promote awareness about the importance of mental health and stress management. The Governor has announced an executive order to provide four hours of administrative leave each fiscal year to help meet the mental health needs of state employees.

This time can be used by benefit eligible employees for mental health care education, including but not limited to visits with a licensed mental health professional, group educational sessions, webinars hosted by mental health professionals, financial wellness sessions, walking, running, and other physical activities.

Employees need to get supervisory approval before using leave for these purposes to minimize disruptions to operations. However, a medical note for proof of attendance or participation is not required before or after the leave is used. The mental health treatment and education leave can be broken into hourly segments as long as the leave for this purpose does not exceed four hours in a fiscal year.

Blomquist Hale Employee Assistance

All state employees (even non-benefited), have access to a well-respected Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Blomquist Hale offers free and confidential assessments, counseling, referrals and follow-up services for members who may have personal or work-related problems.

PEHP Benefits

Your PEHP plan provides a full range of services for mental health, including counseling, targeted medication, intensive day treatment, and inpatient services with the same cost sharing as other covered services in your network.   

URS’ no cost Financial Planning Services

Department of Human Services

DHS provides an array of assistance, programs, and resources.

Service Plan

The Department of Government Operations creates innovative solutions to transform government services. The mission of the Division of Human Resource Management is to develop, implement and administer a statewide program of human resource management that will aid in the efficient execution of public policy, foster careers in public service for qualified employees, and render assistance to state agencies in performing their missions. ( 63A-17-106 ). The Division was created by statute in Section 63A-17-105. Its duties are specified in Title 63A, Chapter 17.  

This Service Plan is prepared in compliance with Section 63A-1-111. 

Questions regarding the plan may be directed to John Barrand, Division Director, 385-210-4417 or by email at

Download FY 2022 Service Plan


  • Classification / Compensation
  • Employee Relations
  • HR Transactions
  • Recruitment
  • Retirement Leave Payouts
  • Consultation Services (Center for Excellence)

DHRM is now part of Dept of Gov Ops

On July 1, 2021, the Division of Human Resource Management become part of the Utah Department of Government Operations. This change is a result of the Utah Legislature passing S.B. 181, legislation combining the Department of Administrative Services with the Department of Technology Services and the Division of Human Resource Management.  Jenney Rees serves as the Executive Director of the Department of Government Operations.

John Barrand remains the director of Division of Human Resource Management. This change does not affect the way you work with the DHRM.

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