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Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Insurance and benefit forms?

Insurance claim forms and other information about benefits can be found in multiple places on mymosaicinfo.org. If you have a login to the site, go to MyResources > Forms > Human Resources and find claim information as well as other benefit and employment-related forms. Without logging in, you can insurance and benefits forms by going to MyBenefits & Development > Benefits and Wellness.

Mosaic 2.0 Strategic Plan?

To access the Mosaic 2.0 Strategic Plan and Forward in Faith documents, you must be logged in to the mymosaicinfo.org site. The far right tab on the top menu is the Login button. If you are logged in, “Strategic Plan” appears at the bottom of the left menu on the homepage, below “Citrix.” If you are not logged in, “Citrix” is the last menu item. Clicking the “Strategic Plan” link will take you to the documents and other supporting materials for Mosaic 2.0 and Forward in Faith.

The person I need to contact? I know their job but not their name.

Anyone who has a Mosaicinfo.org email account is listed in an online personnel browser. You must be logged in to access it. It is available at MyMosaic > Directories > Directories > Personnel Browser. You can search by name, agency or job title at Mosaic.

 

New online coursework available

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

The first segments of two new e-learning series from Program Training and Development are now available online at mymosaicinfo.org.

Personal Outcome Measures courses

The 22 Personal Outcome Measures are each being developed into short (three to ten minute) online courses. These courses support the Mosaic 2.0 strategic focus to “Discover the life each person wants and partner with them to make it happen.” The following two are now complete:

  • People Choose Personal Goals
  • People Are Connected to Natural Support Networks

These courses can be used in many ways:

  • During new employee training when introducing concepts covered by POMs (i.e., People Choose Personal Goals fits nicely with Introduction to Services or Service and Support Planning)
  • 1:1 training with staff when talking about personalized services
  • Topics for department or staff meetings
  • To strengthen POM interviewer understanding of each outcome
  • To provide DSPs and DSAs information about each outcome and their role in supporting people to have the life they desire.

Access at:
MyResources>Training>Personal Outcomes OR MyBenefits & Development>Training>Personal Outcomes

To learn more, contact Brenda Sims (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Self-Advocacy courses2014 Self Advocacy Logo copy

Find Your Voice – Lead Your Life is a new series designed to teach staff how to support people and help them determine the direction of their own lives. The first course, now available, focuses on the strong connection between Personal Outcome Measures and self-advocacy. Supporting the strategic focus to “Positively influence issues that impact the lives of people with disabilities,” this series has a goal to increase the number of self-advocates across Mosaic.

Access at:
MyBenefits & Development>Training>Self Advocacy>Find Your Voice-Lead Your Life

To learn more, contact Danny Queen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Remote monitoring aids independence and savings

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015Alert text

Rather than adding a second overnight staff member when faced with the increasing physical needs of residents in one six-person group home, Mosaic in Northern Indiana chose a technology solution that helps people served feel more independent and saves money.

In June, the agency placed sensors in beds and on the floors and doors of three residents to monitor their movements during the night. The staff member who works in the home carries a cell phone and receives text message alerts whenever someone gets out of bed.

“We have an awake person there,” said Anne Marie Negri-Budzinski, Executive Director. “This is additional support provided and, since no one there needs a two-person lift, this was a great option.”

She said that staff welcomed the technology, as did the people who live in the home.

“Anytime you can back off staffing or supervision, it is a great option for people to live as independently as possible,” Anne Marie said. “If you can have somebody there just to support you while you’re awake, that makes people feel like that can do more on their own and they are choosing their own path.”

Purchasing and installing the sensors cost around $1,500 and the monitoring service cost $150 a month. The service has 24-hour tech support and the agency can receive weekly reports to know what activities happened and help plan supports. Anne Marie said she looks to see the use of electronic monitoring expand.

“Eventually I can pair them together in an apartment setting,” she said. “It makes it effective for an agency to provide services.”

Daughter of Mosaic's founder soon turns 100 – help her celebrate!

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015Miriam Lindgren small

Miriam Lindgren, daughter of Mosaic founder the Rev. K.G. William Dahl, will turn 100 on January 27, 2015. Her family is celebrating with a card shower for Miriam. Her granddaughter notes that Miriam “enjoys receiving cards and letters – she reads every one!”

Throughout her life, Miriam has been a great supporter of Mosaic. Although her father died when she was a toddler, Miriam, along with her mother Lillian and brother Sam, stayed involved with Pastor Dahl’s beloved Bethphage Mission, which later became Mosaic. Miriam was featured in Mosaic’s centennial book, “The Reason We Exist.”

“I have wonderful memories as a child,” Miriam said. “We used to walk up from town on Sunday afternoons, my mother, my brother and I, and visited. I just loved going up there.”

Miriam stayed in Axtell, Neb. where she married and raised a family. With her husband, Emerald, she was a regular volunteer at Bethphage. Many long-term Mosaic employees remember Miriam for other reasons, too – she was the first-grade teacher for Linda Timmons, Mosaic President and CEO.

Just two years younger than Mosaic itself, there is no doubt that Miriam has the longest history with this organization of any living person. Along with many family members, she attended the Centennial Festival in Axtell and Kearney in 2013. Through her support, she has helped shape Mosaic and we grateful for all she has done.

We hope that every agency, along with staff members and people served by Mosaic, will send cards to congratulate her and show how far and wide her father’s vision has spread. Please send cards to:

Miriam Lindgren
Christian Homes – Lilac Lane
1923 West 4th Ave.
Holdrege, NE 68949

Reminder: update your address for tax time

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015Barb Neslund small

Make sure Mosaic has your correct address

Is your address on record up to date? Tax time is coming soon. Please make sure your address in PeopleSoft is correct for the W-2 mailing that soon will happen for taxes. If you moved anytime in the last year, please check to make sure it is up to date.

New art in The Lind Center breakroom

A recent update to the breakroom in the lower level of The Lind Center included the addition of a hanging partition between that room and an adjacent meeting room. To create the partition, a reproduction of a painting of flowers by Barb Neslund, served by Mosaic in Omaha, was enlarged to create a three panel wall. The same art had previously been used on a Mosaic greeting card. On the back of the panels, there are six photos from various Mosaic locations, all with a gardening theme.

Barb was a greeter at a holiday open house in The Lind Center and posed with her art.

“I like to paint flowers because I can put lots of colors into the paintings,” she said. “I also feel happy when I paint flowers.”

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