This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN271200700024C.
Analysis of Current Behavioral Health Benefit Strategies of Large Employers
This analysis is comprised of two components: a survey of large employers (Task 1.1) and structured industry stakeholder interviews (Task 1.2). Each component served to obtain a better understanding of large employers' current offerings of behavioral health benefits. The survey also explored recent benefit changes and the processes used to implement those changes, while the interviews provided deeper insight into consultant and industry partner recommendations to employers.
An Employer's Implementation Toolkit for Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services
This Toolkit provides technical guidance to help employers efficiently and effectively implement behavioral health practice recommendations. In order to achieve this objective, the Toolkit is organized as follows:
Introduction to the Toolkit and individual tools. Instructions on how to use the tools.
Tool 1: Practice Recommendation Quick Reference Tool
Overview of the Practice Recommendations, including a quick reference survey to help employers gauge their own implementation of the Practice Recommendations.
Tool 2: Employer Assessment Tool
An assessment of the extent to which the employer has adopted the Practice Recommendations.
Tool 3: Benefit Design Tool
Technical guidance on addressing the deficiencies in plan design identified in the Employer Assessment Tool.
Tool 4: Request for Proposal & Proposal Scoring Tool
Language for Request for Proposals (RFPs) for vendors, describing the administrative requirements associated with the Practice Recommendations, and proposed evaluation criteria for vendor proposals.
Tool 5: Vendor Contracting & Administration Tool
Contract guidelines and/or administrative guidance for the tasks necessary to implement the Practice Recommendations.
Tool 6: Vendor and Program Evaluation Tool
How employers can assess the extent to which a vendor has implemented Practice Recommendations.
Rationale and scientific evidence for the Practice Recommendations.
Discussions with Employers: Designing, Administering, Managing and Evaluating Behavioral Health
Employer Implementation Presentation
National Business Group on Health staff met with employers and other stakeholders to examine how large employers receive and adopt evidence-based practice recommendations for improving mental health treatment and outcomes for their employees and beneficiaries.