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Blomquist Hale is offering workshops at no cost. You do not need to be a client of Blomquist Hale to access these workshops. Space is limited in each online class. Please scroll down to view and register for our upcoming workshops. Or visit Blomquist Hale for more information about their programs.

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Upcoming Workshops:

Anxiety Group
Date: June 6th – July 11th
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. MT
Location: Online
5-week Group meeting on Mondays
This program is a research based program that involves some class and group work that will give you the tools you need to deal with and manage anxiety.
This Anxiety Group is available at no cost. To register, click HERE.

True Intimacy: The Glue that Bonds Relationships Together
June 7th – June 28th
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. MT
Event Location: Online!
In a 4-week program, participants will deep dive into the 5 Areas of True Intimacy and the ways to strengthen relationships.
This Group is available at no cost. To register, click HERE

Anger and Irritability: Part 2
June 7th
2:00 p.m. MT
Event Location: Online!
Do you feel like you go from 0 to 10 without knowing how you got there? This workshop is part two to Irritability is Not My Style and Anger Management. Participants will learn how to discover possible root causes and apply long-term skills to reduce anger to achieve better control and happiness.
To register, click HERE

Understanding HB 104

During the 2022 legislative session, HB 104 “State Employment Amendments” was passed. The bill contains five substantial components including redefining the career service grievance process, compensation policy updates, the creation of Schedule AX classification, and modernizing performance management for state employees. Below is a series of resources for those affected by the passing of HB 104.

HB104 FAQ’s

Town Hall Meeting (Video)

Town Hall Meeting Presentation

Timeline for Roll Out

HR Directors

Please review the above resources and the FAQ document for common questions and answers. If you do not see an answer in our HB104 FAQ’s, then please click the button below to submit a question to our team.

Open Enrollment is April 13-June 10

Open Enrollment

Enroll in, change or remove benefits for FY23. The next open enrollment period will not be until spring of 2023.

Choose CASH in lieu of medical or dental coverage

→ Pay little to no premium and enroll in the STAR or Consumer Plus Plans and receive a large employer HSA Contribution

→ Change medical, dental and vision plans 

→ Enroll or remove Short Term Disability and Pre-Paid Legal MetLaw

→ Enroll in an FSA plan for medical and/or dependent care

→ Review your 401K match and other savings plans at URS

Find your benefit vendors and helpful information by attending the Virtual Benefit Fair.

Secret Tip! Make sure you sign up for PRIZES!

What questions do you have about your great choices? We know you have them!

AskHR or call the Employee Resource Information Center (ERIC) at (801) 957-9390 

The dedicated open enrollment email for PEHP is openenrollment@pehporg or call 801-366-7555

Webinar: Balancing Mental and Emotional Wellness

Everyone is invited to join us for a special Lunch and Learn, “Ask the Experts: Tips for Balancing Mental and Emotional Wellbeing,” on Thursday, 1/13/22 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm. And we want your questions!

Mark your calendar and submit your questions now to join your fellow State of Utah colleagues for this live Q & A session. Here is a sample of a few of the topics being discussed:

  • When does stress change from “typical life” to something more?
  • Caring for yourself in short snippets because you are so busy!
  • When to seek more in depth expertise for your longer term goals
  • Overall prevention and awareness of your mental health needs

Hosted by: The Division of Human Resource Management, facilitated by JJ Acker

Zoom Link:

Submit your questions anonymously HERE by January 7.

We are very fortunate to have two very seasoned mental health professionals to answer your pre-submitted questions

  • Kim Myers, Assistant Director, Department of Human Services 
  • Curtis Wilcox, LCSW at Blomquist Hale

We hope you will set aside this hour to learn some new skills you can use as a catalyst for taking care of yourself and those you care about.

Reminder: Governor Cox issued this Executive Order effective 1/1/22 allowing benefited Executive Branch employees 4 hours of Administrative Leave each fiscal year to address mental well-being.

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! 

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.

COVID-19 Resources and Coverage

COVID-19 Testing Options

PEHP Offers at-home COVID Tests Through Pharmacy Benefit
PEHP members can get eight at-home COVID tests per person/month at no charge through their local network pharmacy. To find a pharmacy near you go to and login to the Express Scripts website. Currently PEHP is working with network pharmacies to put this benefit in place. It is expected that all will be able to process this byt January 31, 2022.

Employee’s who obtain tests between January 15 and January 31 may seek reimbursement by:

  • Returning to the pharmacy with the receipt for purchase after January 31 and asking the pharmacy to reprocess the claim.  In these cases the refund will be issued immediately to the member. 
  • Completing a direct claim form and including a copy of the pharmacy receipt showing the NDC number.  Completed forms will be reimbursed by Express Scripts.  This process is in development and more details will follow.

Get Free at-home COVID-19 Test from
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days.Order your tests now so you have them when you need them. Visit for more information.

Register for same-day testing at

COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccination
Health officials recommend getting vaccinated as your first line of defense against the coronavirus. As of today, the vaccine is widely available to everyone age 5 and over in many locations throughout Utah at no cost. Find vaccination locations.

You may be eligible to receive a cash incentive for getting the COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot. PEHP members, spouses, and dependents who are covered under the State of Utah Health Plan are eligible. 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. 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.

Cash Back Amounts
$250 – Age 50+ (full vaccination)
$100 – Age 12-49 (full vaccination)
$50 – Booster shot for ages 12+

Additional COVID Resources

For the latest information about COVID-19, visit
To learn more about PEHP coverage and benefits, visit
Additional information about free at-home testing options, visit

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.

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