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Monthly Program Updates

Monthly Program Updates

Monthly Program Updates

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Suicide Awareness and Prevention

According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death among people aged 10 to 34 and the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. The suicide rate has increased by 35 percent since 1999. Here is what you can do to help a friend or family member who is experiencing emotional pain.

Also, the following resources are available 24/7 to help anyone struggling with suicide:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Crisis Text Line

Text “HOME” to 741741

Veterans Crisis Line

1-800-273-8255, press 1

For additional information about suicide prevention services, as well as other issues, contact your EAP coordinator at coordinator listing or call 1-800-822-0244.

Pre-Retirement Planning Information

New York State and Local Retirement System - Mortgage and Pension Verification Letters

For certain business transactions, such as applying for a mortgage, you may need to verify certain NYSLRS account or benefit information. Fortunately, Retirement Online allows members and retirees to access and print a mortgage or pension verification letter in a few quick steps.


  • For Members  Who Are on the Payroll 

Members still on the public payroll can generate a mortgage verification letter using Retirement Online. On your account homepage, in the ‘I want to…’ section, click the “Generate Mortgage Verification Letter” link.

The printable letter will show your account summary, including the current balance of your contributions, and if you have a loan, the date of your last loan and current loan balance. You can also request an account verification letter using NYSLRS’s secure contact form. Enter the information you need and be sure to include your personal identification and contact information when you submit the form. In most cases, a letter will be mailed to you five to seven business days.


  • For Members Who Are Retired

For information on how retirees can generate a pension verification letter:

For more information on your pension benefits visit or call (866) 805-0990.

For Pre-Retirement Planning information, go to: Pre-Retirement Planning.



NYS Network Child Care Center Highlight

A NYS Network Child Care Center will be highlighted each month. This month we are spotlighting Bugbee Children's Center.

Bugbee Children’s Center, located at SUNY Oneonta, began offering child care services in 1985 and is licensed for 168 children. In addition to the infant, toddler, and preschool programs, Bugbee Children's Center provides holiday, snow day, and summer care for up to 40 school-age children. The Center offers a unique early care and educational experience to the children and the families of State employees, SUNY Oneonta faculty and staff, and the greater Oneonta community. The Center creates a safe, nurturing, and engaging environment where children can learn, play, and explore.

Some quick facts about Bugbee Children’s Center:

  • Hours of operation are  Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., year-round.
  • The Center provides breakfast, lunch, and a snack each day.
  • The Center collaborates with the Oneonta City School District to provide UPK and wrap-around care for up to 21 children.

Please contact Bugbee Children’s Center at: [email protected], or visit their website at: They may also be reached at (607) 436-2484.

For a full list of NYS Network Child Care Centers and additional child care information, go to: Network Child Care Centers.