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Mental and Behavioral Health

Across the health care system, treatment of mental health conditions has traditionally taken a back seat to physical health. But in recent years, mental and behavioral health have become increasingly important to health care providers, employers, health plans and, of course, employees.

There are several reasons why these two areas are now of greater concern, including a better understanding of the impact of mental health conditions, the opioid epidemic, younger generations that may be more willing to speak publicly about emotional health, the value-based care movement, and recognition that addressing emotional well-being improves the value proposition for employers seeking top talent.

The Business Group convened several leading employers and content experts focused on mental health and emotional well-being to identify top opportunities and barriers for improvement. This group identified four major trends in large employers addressing mental health and emotional well-being:

  • Addressing stigma is still a major challenge.
  • Alternative strategies for expanding access to mental health care services are needed.
  • Many employers are bringing employee assistance program (EAP) staff and mental health care providers onsite.
  • Start-ups are bringing exciting tools to employers and directly to consumers that could dramatically increase the ability address several conditions.

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https://www.businessgrouphealth.org/BusinessGroupHealth-org/assets/Image/topics/wellbeing/mental-health-f1.jpgEvidence-Based Approaches to Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Substance use disorder (addiction) is a growing concern for employers for several reasons, including the opioid epidemic, concerns about fraud, out-of-network costs, and the huge impact it has on employee health and productivity.

Mental Health Parity: Do Your Plans Have Red Flags? Mental Health Parity: Do Your Plans Have Red Flags?
Review the Department of Labor's guidance on the non-quantitative treatment limitation rules under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), identify potential "red flags" for self-insured group health plans and learn about options to reduce risk and help assure compliance.

Mental Health and Emotional Well-being: A Call to Action for Employers Mental Health and Emotional Well-being: A Call to Action for Employers
Read about five major areas of concern and opportunity for employers to consider in order to bring about positive change for employees as they navigate the health care system and look to lead happy, productive lives.

 

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Blog Post: Mental Health and Emotional Well-being: A Call to Action for Employers
In recent years, mental health and emotional well-being have become increasingly important to health care providers, employers, health plans and, of course, employees.

Mental Health Policy Resources

What Your CEO is Reading: Mental Health
Looks at how employers should balance individuals' rights to privacy and organizational safety — particularly when privacy concerns may be the very factor that keeps an employee from accessing the care needed to keep them healthy and productive.

Employee Assistance Programs Resources
Access all Business Group Resources on EAPs and learn about health and productivity services to improve organizational performance and to assist individual employees and their families on a variety of challenges.

Global Resources on Mental Health

 

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