Health and Wellbeing Employee and Family Resource Guide

Welcome to the Health and Wellbeing Employee and Family Resource Guide.

Office of Employee Wellness (OEW) provides oversight and administration of all statewide Wellness Programs and initiatives including; The Peer Support Program (PSP), The Employee Assistance Program (EAP), The Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Program/California Chaplains Corps (LECS/CCC) and the CDCR Wellness App. OEW’s diverse and multidisciplinary team is dedicated to providing a safe, accessible, and connective space for proactive wellness support, education, and resources for all California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS). Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) employees.

OEW recognizes and applauds the work done by each of you every single day. No matter the classification, position, title or location, OEW is here for you. The information in this guide is an overview of the resources available to you. Many resources are at no cost to you or your family. If you have questions or you do not see the resource you need, please contact us at

Office of Employee Wellness
P.O. Box 942883, Sacramento, CA 94283

CDCR Wellness App

Free Service

The CDCR Wellness app provides instant 24/7 confidential access to correctional wellness tools and resources, for all CDCR, CCHCS and DJJ employees, immediate family members and retirees. The Wellness app is voluntary and can be downloaded on a personal or state issued cell phone. The Wellness app does not collect any personal information or the user’s in-app activity, which allows users complete anonymity while using the app.

The app includes information and resources regarding:

  • Direct access to EAP, PSP, and LECS
  • Therapy
  • Fitness and Nutrition
  • Crisis Resources for Staff and Families
  • Stress Management
  • Parenting and Relationships
  • And much more!
Two phone with CDCR Wellness app on screen

To download and install the CDCR Wellness app, search “CDCR Wellness” in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, or, on a state-issued cellphone, the CDCR app portal or the CCHCS mobile phone catalog.

Law Enforcement and Community Services/California Chaplain Corps

A confidential and law-enforcement–sensitive support service for critical incident stress management and post-trauma stress crisis. Services are provided to employees and/or their family members 24/7/365 days a year. There are no fees or copays.


California Chaplain Corps cover with lighthouse and american flag

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

EAP is a 24-hour confidential hotline for employees and eligible dependents* to help find balance, overcome stress, and help with day-to-day challenges. EAP offers counseling and hosts monthly events, provides webinars, self-assessment tools, community resources and web based care free of charge to employees on the following subject matters:


  • Emotional Wellness
  • Workplace Success
  • Wellness and Balance
  • Marriage, Family and Relationship Issues
  • Work-life Services
  • Legal Financial Consultation
  • ID Theft Recovery Services
  • Health and Wellness Programs

*EAP defines eligible dependent as an active employee’s lawful spouse, or registered domestic partner, and unmarried, dependent children.  Dependent children include natural, adopted, or stepchildren who are under the age of 23.  Children of any age who are incapable of self-sustaining employment due to a mental or physical disability are also eligible (excluding dependents serving in the military).

CDCR’s Peer Support Program (PSP)

PSP ensures staff involved in work related critical incidents are provided with support and available resources to cope with the immediate effects of a traumatic incident. Local PSP teams are available at each CDCR location and consist of volunteer custody and non-custody staff who will listen, answer questions, and offer resources to help the employee deal with his/her situation in a confidential environment. There are over 1,200 CDCR trained peer supporters. Employees may contact their local PSP team directly to receive support and resources. To identify your PSP team leader the Statewide PSP leader roster is available on the CDCR website.

First Responder Specific Resources

Significant Others and Spouses


The Significant Others and Spouses program is for the spouses or partners of first responders who have
been affected by critical incidents experienced by their loved ones. They can also help spouse and partners
experiencing depression or anxiety symptoms as a result of previous trauma.

First Responder Network


The First Responder Network provides educational treatment programs to promote recovery from stress and
critical incidents experienced by first responders and their families.

THRIVE Retreat


THRIVE trauma healing retreat is a five-day intensive retreat designed to relieve trauma and PTSD to allow
participants to move into recovery. By utilizing a wide range of healing methods, each day the retreat
programming shows you how to correct imbalances, explore connections, and practice recovery skills to
move toward a new freedom.

Serve and Protect


During emotional or spiritual tough times Serve and Protect provides criminal justice and emergency
services professionals and their families a compassionate, confidential, comprehensive and a collaborative
network of professionals who are dedicated to those heroes who serve and protect our communities and homeland.


Copline is a confidential 24-hour hotline answered by retired law enforcement officers who have gone through strenuous vetting and training.


Crisis Service Resources

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741

The Crisis Text Line provides confidential 24/7 connection to a live crisis counselor trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a calm cool.

Veterans Crisis Text

Text 838255

Dial 988 then press 1

The Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7 and connects Veterans, their families and friends in crisis with
qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online
chat, or text.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Dial 988
Lifeline (

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline provides 24/7 confidential support for people in distress. They also provide prevention and crisis resources for you and your loved ones.

Grief Resources

Friends for Survival


Friends for Survival provides a variety of services that can comfort those in grief who have been affected by a death caused by suicide. Encourages healing and growth, fosters the development of skills to cope with a loss and educates the community regarding the impact of suicide.

Compassionate Friends


Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope, and support to families experiencing the death of a loved one.

Open to Hope

Open to Hope is an online forum of support for people who have experienced loss. Resources provide an avenue to cope with their pain, heal grief and invest in ones future.

Behavioral Health Services Are Also Available Through Your Health Plans

Anthem Blue Cross HMO

California Correctional Peace Officers
Association (CCPOA) Medical Plan


United Healthcare


PERS Platinum (PPO), PERS Gold (PPO)

Sharp Health Plan

Blue Shield of California

Health Net of California

Kaiser Permanente

Peace Officers Research Association of
California (PORAC)


Cancer Resources

Law Enforcement Cancer Support Foundation

The Law Enforcement Cancer Support Network is a network of mentors comprised of law enforcement cancer survivors who are committed to providing emotional support, guidance and resources to all members
of the law enforcement community during a cancer experience.

Cancer Hope Network


Cancer Hope Network matches cancer patients and their loved ones with trained, volunteer cancer survivors
who have undergone and recovered from a cancer experience. They provide one-on-one confidential
support along the entire continuum from diagnosis through survivorship.
to all people impacted by cancer.

Domestic Violence Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline


The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7/365 confidential highly trained advocates for anyone
experiencing domestic violence.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)


NRCDV has resources available to assist in the planning of domestic violence interventions and prevention

Military Resources

Military One Source


Military One Source is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve Component members, and their families. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more.

California Department of Veteran Affairs


California Department of Veteran Affairs serves California veterans and their families to ensure they get the
state and federal benefits and services they have earned and deserve as a result of selfless and honorable
military service.

VA Mobile Store


VA Mobile aims to improve the health of veterans by providing them with a regularly updated list of mobile apps. That equips users with the tools and information to assist in managing stress, practicing mindfulness, and other health related topics.

Community Resources

Institute on Aging


The Institute on Aging is a national 24/7 toll-free hotline for both crisis intervention as well as a warm line (non-urgent emotional support calls) for adults 60+ and adults with disabilities.
Available to those who may be lonely, isolated, grieving, depressed, anxious and/or thinking about death or suicide.



A 24/7 confidential referral and information service that connects people from all communities and
of all ages to a specialist who will help find local health and human services.



1800 Victims provides community resources, referral information, service providers and advocates to victims and their families.

Substance & Alcohol Abuse Resources

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator


Provides 24/7 confidential assistance for persons seeking substance abuse and behavioral health treatment facilities in the United States.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)


Alcoholics Anonymous is a nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial fellowship that is
committed to helping members stay sober.

SMART Recovery


SMART Recovery is an abstinence-based, sensible self-help program for people having problems
with drinking and using.



Al-Anon is a support program for the family
members affected by their loved one’s addiction.

Lionrock Recovery


Is an online alcohol and substance abuse counseling program conducted via live video conference that offers a specialized program for active, retired, and former first responders.

Financial Literacy and Assistance Resources

Your finances play an important role in your overall health. There are tools and resources to help. To learn more visit the following entities’ websites.

Health and Wellbeing Books for Law Enforcement and Their Families

  • Arresting Communication: Essential Interaction Skills for Law Enforcement. Glennon, Jim, 2010.
  • The Beauty of a Darker Soul; Overcoming Trauma Through the Power of Human Connection. Mantz, Joshua, 2017.
  • Because I’m Suitable: The Journey of a Wife on Duty. Uribe, Allison, 2012.
  • Bullets in the Washing Machine. Littles, Melissa, 2011.
  • Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responder’s Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart. Willis, Dan, 2014.
  • A CHiP on my Shoulder. Newman, Victoria M., 2011.
  • Dependence Day. Paulson, Heidi, 2016.
  • Desert Waters Correctional Oasis, a monthly newsletter. It can be accessed by visiting
  • Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement: A Guide for Officers and Their Families. Gilmartin, Kevin M., 2002.
  • Firebreather Fitness; Work Your Body, Mind, and Spirit into the Best Shape of Your Life. Amundson, Greg, 2017.
  • Guardian of the Golden Gate; Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair. Briggs, Kevin, 2015.
  • I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know. Kirschman PhD., Ellen, 2006.
  • No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey to the Inner Circle of the Hells Angel. Dobyns, Jay, 2010.
  • Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy Seal. Redmond, Jason, 2014.
  • World Changer: A Mother’s Story. Vaughn, Karen, 2017.

Fitness and Health Phone and Tablet/IPAD Applications

Argus – Argus is a fitness tool in your pocket for pretty much anything and everything. It monitors every step, stride, cycle, bite, sip, pound, snore and more. This app is constantly processing your daily routine, giving you feedback that will help you meet your health goals and improve your overall wellbeing.

Calm – Need to take a break? Calm will help you do just that. Whether you need focus, creativity, or a little
extra shut eye, Calm offers 50 guided meditations to choose from. You can also sync your meditations with 16 soothing music tracks by meditation musician Kip Mazuy.

Daily Yoga – encourages you to make yoga part of your everyday routine. It’ll show you more than 500 asanas in more than 200 yoga, Pilates, and meditation classes. Themed classes include “Mindfulness Everyday” and “Getting Toned.” Combine yoga with other exercises and breathing techniques to get the most out of your practice.

Lose It!– This calorie tracking app creates a weight loss plan just for you, depending on what your goals are. Tracking what you eat is easy with the barcode scanner feature implemented in this app, and to add a little competition, the app allows you to create head-to-head, team and group-based challenges.

Mindshift – This app can help you change the way you think about anxiety – rather than trying to avoid the sources of your nerves, you can learn to face them. The app includes strategies for dealing with everyday anxiety, as well as tools to attack specific ones like social anxiety, performance anxiety, worry, panic, and conflict.

NIKE Training Club – This free app offers 100 full-body, 15, 30, and 45 minute workouts complete with step-by-step audio, visual, and video demos. You can tailor the programs to achieve whatever your goals are: getting lean, getting toned, or getting strong. This app goes above and beyond basic instructions to measure your progress in number of workouts, minutes logged, and average calories burned.

RunKeeper – This is an app for everyone who wants to hit the pavement and get some miles in. Runkeeper keeps track of all of your running stats, such as pace, distance, and time, and notifies you of them while you’re moving. It organizes all that data into neat graphics for your perusal so you can take control of your fitness.

Shopwell – This app can be your own personal nutritionist, and help you decide which foods meet your
dietary needs. Simply scan the barcode of the item, and Shopwell will score the product based on your age, gender, health goals, diet needs, and ingredient and nutrition preferences. Scores range from 00 to 100; the higher numbers indicating healthier goals are met.

Sleep Cycle – This bio alarm clock analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you when you’re in the lightest sleep phase. This allows you to start the day feeling relaxed and refreshed. Sleep Cycle also allows you to keep track of everyday factors that might be affecting your sleep patterns.

Strava Cycling – Take your exercise and turn it into a game with this app as you challenge other cyclists to rides that will push both of you further. Each time you set a new personal record, you get ‘King or Queen of the Mountain’ accolades. You can also check in on friends and send them support while they’re out chasing
their own goals.

How to Sleep Smarter

Why fix fatigue? Fatigue – that feeling of weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy. Causes include lack of sleep, depression, shift work, sleep apnea, insomnia, and more. If you are constantly pushing through fatigue, you could be reducing your ability to:

  • Concentrate
  • Handle complex tasks
  • Think logically and critically
  • Communicate clearly and accurately
  • Remember and recall
  • Assimilate and analyze new information
  • Make good decisions
  • Perform and execute tasks that require motor function


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