Employers can play a huge role in reducing barriers to care for mental healthcare, according to speakers at a panel held at the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Leadership Summits. Rosa Novo, executive benefits director of Miami-Dade County School District, and Jason Parrott, Vida Health’s senior VP of enterprise growth, spoke about how mental health awareness feeds into the care of other chronic conditions as well.
According to Julia Bonavitacola, “Novo said that an online health coach was launched for the employees in her school district and removed co-pays for mental health services. “I have seen an increase of 423% engagement….It’s a testimony to the need,” she said. Novo also said that 19% of employees are diagnosed with at least 1 mental health condition, with 70% of them having a dual diagnosis. She said that, as a country, mental health needs to be addressed as a chronic condition..“
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(Source: Julia Bonavitacola, AJMC, June 28th, 2022)