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NYS-Balance can help you locate a home health care agency, chore services, meals on wheels, and any number of resources relating to adult/elder care for anywhere in the U.S.

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NYS-Balance Monthly Webinars

Caring for an Aging Relative
September 18, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m

Identifying Signs of Addiction in a Loved One
October 16, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Work-Life Services Brochure

Work–Life Services (WLS) are six negotiated benefits programs for Executive Branch employees resulting from a collaboration between NYS and the public employee unions. These programs are designed to increase employee productivity and morale by improving the quality of work and life for employees and include: Employee Assistance Program, NYS–Balance, Worksite Child Care Centers, Flex Spending Account, NYS–Ride, and Pre–Retirement Planning. To view a short video about WLS benefits click here. 12:26

To view or print the Work-Life Services Brochure click here.

EAP: Walk With Ease Program

EAP and the NYS Department of Health have teamed up to offer an exciting new program called Walk With Ease, a program developed by the University of Albany’s Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness. This self–guided program is suitable for the beginner, physically fit, and everyone in between who is interested in improving his or her overall health. You can walk as much or as little as you like, at times that are convenient for you. When you register for the program, you will receive the Walk With Ease Guide and Workbook to help you get ready to walk, begin to walk, and stay motivated to continue walking, and to help you set goals and rewards, and track your progress.

September is the perfect time of year to start walking. Why not take advantage of the beautiful September weather and begin by walking during the workday? Click on the following website to learn whether this program is right for you and to sign up and get started.

For more information, contact your EAP coordinator.

Where Will You Live as a Retiree?

Most people don’t pick up their roots and move to other places after retirement. Only about 5 to 10 percent of today’s retirees move from their home states. For many, the ideal retirement location is their hometown. A decision on retirement housing can be challenging. Deciding whether to relocate or whether to move to a smaller, easier–to–keep home can take a lot of thinking on your part. In making the decision, give yourself enough time, get plenty of information, and think about your needs and those of people close to you. In Chapter 4 of The Self Help Guide to Pre–Retirement Planning, you can explore different housing options. If you want to move out of New York State, you will also find a chart from the Retired Public Employees Association which outlines all states and taxes applicable to them.

To read the complete chapter, go to the Pre–Retirement Planning tab on the right side of the Work-Life Services home page or click on the following link:

Retirement Planning Videos

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A series of short videos — the Planning Your Successful Retirement Video Guide — highlighting key information from the popular DIRECTIONS: Pre-Retirement Planning Seminars is now available. Designed for executive branch employees, the 23 videos were created in partnership with the Office of the State Comptroller, the Department of Civil Service, the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan, and the Social Security Administration. Employees can view the videos along with other pre-retirement planning information on this Work-Life Services website and also on YouTube at More

Free NYS–Balance Resource Materials

We are very pleased to offer a wide variety of new, free, resource materials available through the NYS–Balance program. To order materials, go to: After logging in, on the right side of the home page, in the Employee Resources section, click on the Educational Materials tab, complete the form and submit. The materials will be mailed directly to your home.

Retirement Planning Resources Workshops

The Retirement Planning Resources Workshop is a free, one-hour training, available to state agencies for their employees, regardless of years of state service. The training will not cover specific retirement information, and is not a substitute for the full-day DIRECTIONS seminars. Instead, the goal of this training program is to educate executive branch employees about the resources available so they can begin planning their retirement.

If you would like to schedule this one-hour training, you may contact Beth Brumaghim, Seminar Program Manager, at or 518.473.4018.

Welcome to the Family Packet

Work-Life Services introduces the "Welcome to the Family Packet". Parenting is an exciting and challenging experience. Today's parents often face unique circumstances balancing their work and family responsibilities. As a New York State Executive Branch employee parent, you are entitled to several negotiated benefits designed to assist you with balancing work and life. The "Welcome to the Family Packet" will outline these benefits programs as well as provide educational child care and parenting brochures. We invite you to request a "Welcome to the Family Packet" if you are expecting or recently added to your family through the birth or adoption of a child. Email your request along with your name and home address to:

"Parenthood, it's not a job. It's an adventure" – –author unknown


NYS-Ride allows eligible state employees to pay up to $130 per month for certain work-related transportation expenses on a pre-tax basis. More than 8,000 participants who use public transportation to get to work currently enjoy the savings this program provides, while contributing to a greener environment by reducing carbon emissions, greenhouse gasses, and dependence on foreign oil.

The NYS-Ride website provides employees with quick and easy access to all the information they would need to learn about the program, calculate their savings and impact on the environment, enroll in NYS-Ride, make changes to their elections, or view their accounts. Please visit the website at

NYS-Balance Testimonials

NYS-Balance makes life less complicated by providing referrals for Child Care and Parenting, Elder Care/Adults with Disabilities, Education, Health and Wellness, Daily Life, and Legal/Financial. Many NYS executive branch employees have used the service and here's what they have to say…

“I was very surprised and impressed by the info provided and have recommended NYS-Balance to others. I was impressed with the amount of detail in the information I requested.”

“I learned a lot following the various webinar/seminars that NYS-Balance gave.”

“I am very surprised by the helpfulness of the staff and the information they provided. I don’t think other state workers know how helpful this benefit is!”

Funding is provided by the negotiated agreements between the State of New York and CSEA, PEF, UUP, GSEU, DC-37, Council 82, and NYSCOPBA, and by the NYS Governor's Office of Employee Relations for employees designated M/C.

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