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Coast Guard Work-Life Programs


The Coast Guard Work-Life Program supports our personnel and their families by providing programs and services that help them to manage the challenges of both work and personal life. Work-Life strategies, principles and programs allow Coast Guard personnel to achieve organizational effectiveness and sustain superior mission execution by helping to manage individual and family issues that distract them from their duties.

Find out more about Coast Guard Work-Life services.Work-Life programs and policies are managed by the Commandant (CG-111) staff at Coast Guard Headquarters (HQ) in Washington, DC (Office of Work-Life). Regional Work-Life field staff located at Coast Guard Bases, delivers programs and services within their area of responsibility. Work-Life personnel on the Health, Safety, and Work-Life Service Center (HSWL SC) staff support program implementation and provide a valuable link between HQ and HSWL RP Work-Life components. Details of these programs, points-of-contact and program policy documents can be obtained at the following link: http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/worklife/ or at www.uscg.mil under the "Family" icon.

To contact the Regional Work-Life Staff closest to you, call 800-872-4957 followed by the extension listed next to the following locations:

Alameda (311) Juneau (317) Seattle (313)
Boston (301) or
(dial direct to 617-223-3485)
Kodiak (318) St. Louis (302)
LA/Long Beach (312) Washington, DC (320)
Cape May (303) Miami Beach (307)  
Cleveland (309) New Orleans (308)  
Honolulu (314) Portsmouth (305)  


Coast Guard Work-Life programs provide a wide variety of services, each of which is described below.

CG SUPRT Program
Everyone needs help from time to time. In today’s fast-paced world, juggling work and your personal life and all the associated demands and pressures, can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, you have somewhere to turn to — CG SUPRT. The CG SUPRT Program helps you resolve personal problems and life challenges before they negatively impact your health, relationships or job performance. You can contact the program 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by dialing 855-CG SUPRT (855-247-8778) or TTY: 855-444-8724, visiting www.CGSUPRT.com or by downloading the CG HSWL app to your mobile device.

CG SUPRT is available to all active duty members, civilian and nonappropriated fund employees, members of the Selected Reserve and their family members. CG SUPRT provides health coaching, money coaching, professional counseling, education and referral services for a variety of issues such as:

Marital and family problems Career transition issues
Alcohol and/or drug abuse Personal growth and development
Depression and anxiety Legal and financial challenges
Work-related concerns Health improvement


Counseling sessions are provided in-person, telephonically or by video. Other services are typically provided telephonically or online. CG SUPRT services are provided at no cost to the eligible members. If you need help beyond the services of CG SUPRT, a counselor will work with you to find additional resources that you can afford or that are covered by your health insurance benefits.

Health coaching is a valuable resource provided by CG SUPRT. You can partner with a health coach in a thought-provoking and creative process to promote healthy lifestyle change, including weight management, smoking cessation and stress management. With help from your coach, you will establish a vision, clear goals and action steps to achieve your health goal.

CG SUPRT upholds strict confidentiality standards. Participation in the program will be treated confidentially in accordance with all state and federal laws. Limitations on confidentiality are explained when services commence.

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Ombudsman Program
Since 1986, ombudsmen have served as a vital link between the Coast Guard commands and families. The Coast Guard ombudsman is a highly trained volunteer who is able to offer support and guidance to a unit’s families and acts as an official liaison between the command and its families. The flexibility to evolve with the Coast Guard and to adapt to the uniqueness of each command is the source of strength that allows the Coast Guard Ombudsman Program to fulfill its mission of acting as a liaison between the command and the unit’s families and better prepares families to meet emergency situations. Through their efforts, ombudsmen allow Coast Guard members to better achieve mission readiness by knowing their family members have an available resource when issues or emergency situations arise.

Trained ombudsmen disseminate information both up and down the chain of command, including official correspondence and command information, command climate issues and local quality of life improvement opportunities around the community. Ombudsmen also provide work-life and other resource referrals when needed and are instrumental in resolving family issues before they require extensive command attention. The Coast Guard Ombudsman Program is shaped largely by the commanding officer’s perceived needs of his/her command. The ombudsman is appointed by and works under the guidance of the commanding officer, who determines the priorities of the program, the roles and relationship of those involved in it and the type and level of support it will receive. Family members can contact their ombudsmen at www.cgombudsmanregistry.org.

Child Care
Photo of children that take part in Coast Guard childcareThe Coast Guard recognizes the impact of childcare on the Coast Guard mission and has several program options and resources available to assist families in need of quality childcare.

There are nine Coast Guard Child Development Centers (CDC) located throughout the Coast Guard. All centers provide care for children six weeks through five years old on a full-time, part-time and hourly basis. Each center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and provides for the developmental, social and educational well-being through a play-based curriculum. The Coast Guard also has an agreement with the DoD that gives Coast Guard families the option to use CDCs on their DoD installations. These centers are accredited programs that offer affordable quality care to Coast Guard families.

The Coast Guard offers families an In-Home Family Child Care (FCC) program in Coast Guard-owned or leased housing. The FCC program is a network of independently operated child care homes, licensed by the state or Coast Guard, and supported by the local Coast Guard command. Families also have the option to use the FCC program on DoD installations.

The Child Care Subsidy Program was created to help Coast Guard families offset the high cost of child care in off-base, state-licensed child care programs. More information on the subsidy program can be obtained at https://elibrary.cnic-9portal.net/familyenrollment/community-programs/.
Child care information and referral services are offered through the HSWL Regional Practice offices. Each office has resources available for families looking for local childcare options. HSWL Regional Practices can be found at www.dcms.uscg.mil/worklife and selecting “Work-Life Field Offices.”
The Coast Guard provides free information assistance regarding childcare matters through CGSUPRT (855-247-8778).

More information on these child care options can be found at CG-111 web site www.dcms.uscg.mil/worklife/child-care and the USCG HSWL smartphone app.

Adoption Reimbursement
This program is available to an active duty members or reservists who adopt a child or stepchild under 18 years of age. They may be reimbursed authorized adoption expenses up to $2,000 per adoptive child, but no more than $5,000 per calendar year. In the case of two married service members, only one member may claim expenses for each adopted child and the couple is limited to the $5,000 per calendar year maximum. Coast Guard active duty members and reservists must be on active duty for at least 181 consecutive days before applying for adoption reimbursement. For more information, contact the Family Resource Specialist (FRS) at your local HSWL RP.

Special Needs Program
The Coast Guard Special Needs Program was developed and implemented in 1984 to assist families with special needs and address their unique challenges. This program supports family members’ special needs while empowering the active duty member to meet the mission requirements of the Coast Guard.

In concert with other military and civilian agencies, the Special Needs Program provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach assuring adequate medical, educational, psychological and community support services for family members with special needs are available near a duty station. Information and referrals to community-based or military resources are provided through the regional Health, Safety, and Work-Life (HSWL) staff before, during and after reassignment. The Coast Guard carefully considers assignment locations for the members enrolled in the Special Needs Program. These efforts allow the member to continue a Coast Guard career, meet mission requirements and fulfill his or her personal responsibilities.

Enrollment in the Coast Guard Special Needs Program is mandatory for all active duty and Reserve members on orders for 181 consecutive days or more who have dependent family members diagnosed with medical, psychological, physical or educational special needs. Additionally, enrollment in the program ensures early identification of families with special needs, maximizes provision of quality services to reduce family stress and undue hardship and minimizes costly and disruptive humanitarian reassignments or early return of family members from outside the continental United States. For more information, contact the Family Resource Specialist (FRS) at your local HSWL RP.

School Liaison Program
DoD School Liaison Officers (SLO) work in partnership with local schools, advise DoD service members and Coast Guard members of school-aged children on educational issues and needs and assist in solving education-related problems. Their goal is to help children succeed in an academic environment by:

  • Providing education support information, referral and guidance.
  • Assisting parents with locating points of contact in the schools and making referrals as appropriate.
  • Maintaining resource materials.

Visit www.dodea.edu to learn more about school liaisons. Family Resource Specialists (FRS) and Child Development Services Specialists (CDSS) are also available at HSWL RPs to assist Coast Guard members and their families with school-related issues.

Relocation involves moving individuals and families, not just transporting furniture and changing housing.Relocation Assistance Program (RAP)
The Coast Guard has a mobile workforce, with nearly 30% transferring every year. Relocation involves moving individuals and families, not just transporting furniture and changing housing. The primary goal of RAP is to assist Coast Guard employees and their families through the relocation cycle. During the transfer process, the Coast Guard considers requirements for individual and family support resources. Completing a transfer includes connecting with resources and services in the new local community. Members transferring to new units are provided with relocation packages containing information about housing, schools, education, shopping, medical facilities, community services and spouse employment possibilities in the area. For assistance, contact your Transition and Relocation Manager (TRM) at the nearest HSWL RP www.dcms.uscg.mil/TAP.

Family Advocacy Program
The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) is a congressionally mandated program designed for the prevention, identification, reporting and treatment of Intimate Partner and Child Maltreatment. The Coast Guard is committed to prevent maltreatment within the family and intimate partner relationship, assist commands address incidents of maltreatment and to mitigate the effects of maltreatment on mission readiness. The Coast Guard is also committed to ensure protective factors are in place for the safety of the victim and treatment for the offenders. Family Advocacy Specialists (FAS) are available at each HSWL Regional Practice to assist individuals, families and commands deal with maltreatment.

The Coast Guard offers Restricted and Unrestricted reporting options to adult victims of intimate partner maltreatment. Restricted reporting is a confidential process. It allows the adult victim to receive a FAP assessment, supportive counseling, case management, information and referral and medical services, without command and law enforcement involvement. Adult victims who desire restricted reporting must report the abuse only to a FAS, a Coast Guard Health Care Provider, or a Victim Advocate (VA).

Unrestricted reporting is the process allowing the victim to report maltreatment incidents using the chain of command, law enforcement and FAP. FAP services are offered to the victim, offender and family members. In addition to an immediate assessment, a full range of protection and safety planning is provided to all family members. 

All child abuse and child neglect allegations are Unrestricted and must be reported to FAP and Child Protective Services.

Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
The Transition Assistance Program provides information and support to all separating and retiring members. Transition assistance services include preparing separating, retiring service members and their families with the skills, tools and self-confidence necessary to ensure successful reentry and effective transition into the nation’s civilian work force. An integral aspect of this goal is to ensure that separating members are made aware of and have access to, the numerous programs and services (military, government, nonprofit and commercial) available to assist them in the transition process. TAP is also intended to improve individual quality of life, enhance personal readiness, speed the attainment of career milestones and return ambassadors to the civilian community that supports the Coast Guard’s recruiting efforts.

Members are required to have Pre-Separation Counseling and a TAP seminar. The TRM at your HSWL RP can provide you with additional information about Transition Assistance and Pre-Separation Counseling. Visit https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/TAP.

The Coast Guard is committed to ensuring victims of sexual assault are protected, treated with dignity and respect and provided appropriate ongoing support.Sexual Assault Prevention, Response and Recovery (SAPRR) Program
Sexual assault is a crime. The Coast Guard is committed to ensuring victims of sexual assault are protected, treated with dignity and respect, and provided appropriate ongoing support. The Coast Guard is also committed to ensuring that persons who commit crimes are held accountable.

The Coast Guard offers Unrestricted and Restricted reporting options to service members and adult dependents of service members (assaulted by someone outside the family).

Under Unrestricted reporting, a member may receive medical treatment, advocacy, legal assistance via special victims counsel (SVC), counseling, and an official investigation of his/her report conducted by trained Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) agents. The member may report using official reporting channels (e.g., duty watchstander, supervisor, chain of command), or to a Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC) at the servicing WL RP, a Victim Advocate (VA), or a DOD or Coast Guard HCP. In addition to the immediate formal investigation, a full range of protections are potentially available to the victim (for example, Military Protective Order, Expedited Transfer, etc.).

Under Restricted reporting, the member is allowed to confidentially report the details of his or her assault to specific categories of individuals and receive advocacy, medical treatment, SVC assistance, and counseling without triggering the official Coast Guard investigative process or notifying the command. For Restricted reporting, the assault can be disclosed ONLY to a SARC, VA, or DOD or Coast Guard HCP.

Health Promotion Program
This program provides policy, evidence-based programs, education and direct services aimed at preventing injury and disease attributed to lifestyle imbalances and maintaining health. Core elements include tobacco cessation, physical fitness, weight management, health risk appraisal, nutrition and stress management.

For more information on the specific program offered please, visit the Health Promotion Program Resource page at
https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/worklife/Health-Promotion-Resources/.

Substance Abuse Prevention Program & Treatment (SAPP)
The purpose of the SAPP is to inform commands about Coast Guard substance abuse policy, provide commands and individuals with substance abuse prevention training, provide substance abuse screenings, implement strategies to prevent alcohol misuse, and work to eliminate illegal drug use within the Coast Guard.

This program encourages responsible use of alcohol by members through accountability and responsibility. It is designed to reduce the abuse of alcohol or other drugs within the Coast Guard through prevention education, identification of members who are substance abusers, education for self-realization of their abuse and rehabilitation when needed.

Information on substance abuse is available at no cost from CG SUPRT at 855-CG-SUPRT
(855-247-8778) or www.CGSUPRT.com.

ADDITIONAL FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES


Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO)
The Casualty Assistance Calls Officer is the Coast Guard representative who notifies the primary and secondary next of kin that a servicemember in the Coast Guard has died. The Coast Guard unit will assign you a CACO who is dedicated to personally assist you in applying for your benefits and answering your questions. Your CACO will provide you with as much information about the cause of death as it becomes available and that is allowed. The CACO will do his/her best to answer any questions you may have. Your CACO will also ensure that your immediate needs are being met during this difficult time. Your CACO will immediately arrange for any available Coast Guard assistance to help you make funeral or memorial arrangements.

Your CACO will help you prepare and submit any forms needed to claim your benefits from different government agencies.

Your CACO will continue to assist you until your claims are filed and settled or until any issues regarding those benefits are resolved to your satisfaction. You may, release the CACO at any time that you feel that their assistance is no longer needed or desired..

Chaplains assist Coast Guard men and women and their families in being mission ready.Chaplains
Chaplains assist Coast Guardsmen and their families in being mission ready. They work to develop spiritually mature, moral and ethical individuals. They utilize innovation in the delivery of religious ministry and provide compassionate pastoral care.

Chaplains are an advocate for you. They have been granted by the courts “privileged communication,” and are the only people who can grant you total confidentiality. They strive to achieve religious accommodation, care and advisement to strengthen faith and values. They do this through four “Core Capabilities:”

  • Providing professional religious ministry through worship services, religious education, weddings, funerals and other religious rituals and rites.
  • Facilitating for the religious needs of our people from other religious traditions by identifying their needs and coordinating support from other chaplains, civilian clergy and lay leaders.
  • Caring for our people with dignity, respect and compassion, regardless of an individual's beliefs, and making informed and professional referrals. Chaplains are available 24/7 with confidential counseling to ensure service members and their families have the spiritual resilience to cope with the inevitable hardships of military life.
  • Advising commanding officers on the accommodation of religious needs; on the moral, ethical and spiritual well-being of our people; and on religious matters that affect the command's mission.

To obtain information about Coast Guard Chaplain, go to: https://www.uscg.mil/Leadership/Senior-Leadership/Chaplain-of-the-Coast-Guard/Locations/

Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor
Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor is the Navy and Coast Guard’s wounded warrior support program. It provides non-medical support – such as addressing personnel concerns, providing athletic opportunities and sharing employment resources – for more than 4,300 wounded warriors, as well as their families.

Enrollment in the program is available to service members wounded in combat, as well as to those diagnosed with a serious illness or injured in shipboard, training and liberty accidents. Enrollment lasts a lifetime.

Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor helps Sailors and Coast Guardsmen return to duty. However, when that is not possible, the program helps them successfully reintegrate into their communities.

To learn more, call 855-NAVY WWP (628-9997), email navywoundedwarrior@navy.mil or visit https://www.navywoundedwarrior.com/.