Mental Health Initiative

Overview  

Over the past two years, the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions has become a leading voice on future directions for mental health.  Building on the efforts of several of our coalitions over the past decade, we are actively developing consensus with key stakeholders on a path forward to promote systemic improvements in mental health. 

In April 2017, the National Alliance hosted its inaugural Leadership Summits in Denver, Colorado. The two-day event, focused on Mental Health and Wellbeing and helped to educate on a broad swath of issues related to developing a “collective agenda”.  The Summits helped spur a growth of activities in 2017 and 2018 within our coalitions across the country as well as other related employer-focused organizations. We continued the conversation at our 2018 Leadership Summits in March in Dallas, Texas with a focus on Healthy Minds – which promotes an emotionally healthy workforce to perform at their best.

The eValue8 Mental Health Module & Beyond

In the 4th quarter of 2017, the National Alliance developed and executed the first ever eValue8 Mental Health Deep Dive Module. Building on our existing eValue8 infrastructure, this performance assessment focused on the role health plans and behavioral health organizations have in supporting the collective agenda.  This process, guided by our MH Purchaser Advisory Council, sparked additional engagement by the American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Health Plans and Public Health Agencies, and others.

Our Path Forward 

The National Alliance will continue to prioritize Mental Health as one its key national initiatives.  We will help inform the Mental Health Value Agenda and guide purchasers on how to drive change within their organization and in their communities.  We will work with coalitions on a national rollout on elements of the collective agenda and work with our stakeholder partners to drive measurable improvement in key areas of concern.  We thank our partners for their commitment and much valued support as they enable us to continue to facilitate this agenda and move these mountains for mental health and wellbeing.

 

Mental Health Resources

The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) developed a collective agenda that supports all stakeholders (employers, health plans, behavioral health organizations and providers) in taking action to address these issues. To support this effort, a new eValue8TM module—the “2018 Mental Health Deep Dive” was developed to assess the current performance of health plans and behavioral health organizations across key areas in behavioral health (mental health and substance use disorder, MH/SUD) including support provided to primary care physicians who treat the majority of people with mild/moderate MH/SUD issues. Because of the enthusiastic support and engagement of the diverse array of MH/SUD experts, coalition leaders, and purchasers participating in the development of the questions, we have great confidence that we’ve developed the most thorough assessment of mental health support conducted in the past decade. Download the Report
It’s common knowledge that early detection and appropriate treatment of medical conditions can considerably reduce hardship and costs. Yet with mental health conditions, patients who seek help may wait months—even years—for a diagnosis, and even longer for an effective personalized care and medication management plan.

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As we usher in a promising new era for improving workplace mental health, achieving parity is expanding far beyond simply the need to comply with the law. An increasingly enlightened view means we are moving toward understanding the importance of “cultural parity” as well. Leading employers are discovering that investing in and supporting wellbeing — including employee mental health — is creating vital, inclusive, high-performing organizations.Download the Action Brief

Our Collective Agenda

  • Collaborative care 
  • Address disparities in network and pharmaceutical management  
  • Behavioral health performance metrics & accountability 
  • Proactive strategies to break the silence and mitigate stigma 
  • Reassess impact of mental health on broader functioning and other healthcare costs 
  • Early identification and intervention 
  • Broaden access through telehealth and other avenues
  • Support pharmacogenomics to get to right treatment faster
  • Promote brain wellness 
  • Broaden focus on wellbeing