PREFERRED ACCESS PROGRAM
Self-insured insurance is a health plan offering in which an employer is paying for their employees' health care claims. Self-funded employers experience significant savings, can customize their health benefits to suit their needs, and have unprecedented flexibility partnering with vendors.
What Does Preferred Access Mean?
Preferred access to care means exactly what it says: priority access to our mental health services that is not subject to the typical barriers that consumers often experience. Self-insured employers have direct line-of-sight in getting their employees the behavioral health resources they need by establishing a partnership with Family Care Center.
Benefits of the Preferred Access Partnership
- Priority and direct access to Family Care Center’s entire behavioral health service offering
- Care coordination with employer primary care providers, such as onsite health and wellness centers
- Robust reporting capabilities to provide employers with metrics surrounding patient satisfaction, service utilization, patient outcomes, and other customizable data trends
- Community support to advance communication, relationship-building, and awareness
- Ability to support your staff with their mental health needs which translates into a happier, healthier, and more productive employee population
- Significantly reducing access to care barriers that your employees deal with throughout the traditional model of healthcare
Family Care Center vs. Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
Our Preferred Access model for employers is not to be confused with Employee Assistance Programs. While an EAP can offer certain short-term benefits to employees, most serious mental health needs tend to be outside of the scope of traditional EAP covered services. Authorized counseling sessions are typically short in nature and limited in number of total visits under most EAP offerings. Employee Assistance Programs may be able to assist your employees with things like legal aid, consumer credit counseling, or identity theft and fraud resolution, but Family Care Center provides in-person talk therapy and medication management options that go far beyond the ability of your EAP benefits.
Mental Health Impact on Employees in the Workplace
America’s workforce is experiencing a profound crisis when it comes to mental healthcare. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. suffers from a diagnosable mental health illness each year per the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. According to information from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Americans wait 11 years, on average, between the onset of mental health symptoms and receiving their first treatment. This gap is staggering. It has become apparent that the stigma of receiving mental health services is starting to fade, and employers have a responsibility to support their workforce in identifying and communicating the need for mental and behavioral health services. With workers’ mental health at historic lows, a reported 84% say mental health benefits are important to them when seeking a new job.
The impact of mental health is not only realized by your employees, but it is prevalent among their families as well. Partners and spouses as well as children experience mental health concerns, and that impact is felt by employees in the workplace. In 2019, 13% of adolescents reported having a major depressive episode—a 60% increase from 2007. For people ages 10 to 24, suicide rates that were stable from 2000 to 2007 leaped nearly 60% by 2018 according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Behavioral health conditions often begin at a young age, with 50% of adults with behavioral health conditions reporting starting symptoms at age 14 and 75% experiencing symptoms by age 24. In a study by the National Library of Medicine, it was concluded that individuals with mental illness are at a greater risk of marital dissolution, and those factors contribute to diminished social engagement. Mental Health America described the current climate in its 2021 report by pointing out that during the pandemic, daily routines and responsibilities of so many employees have been uprooted and caused anxiety and depression and that the American workplace was unprepared for the effects on workers.