Findings from the 2017 Willis Towers Watson Behavioral Health Survey illustrates that U.S. employers are focused on improving quality and access for their benefits programs aimed at reducing anxiety, depression and substance abuse.
- Most U.S. employers say behavioral health programs are a top priority over the next three years.
- Many feel these programs fall short in several areas, including helping: members find access to care and find timely and effective treatment; and overall health care spending, decrease disability claims and improve productivity.
- Efforts are under way to improve navigation support, access to care and support for complex behavioral health conditions; and integrate behavioral health with medical and disability case management.
- Many organizations are trying to initiate change in how behavioral health is viewed and supported
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Alisa Trugerman, Ph.D., is a senior consultant and leader of the North American Behavioral Health Practice at Willis Towers Watson. She drives thought leadership for behavioral health consultation to our clients, including employee assistance programs, mental health and substance abuse benefits and programs, and psychiatric disability management. She has a unique background that blends management, consulting and clinical expertise over 20 years. She is a New York state licensed clinical psychologist.