By Kimberly George
SVP, Corporate Development M&A and Healthcare
Last year, the planning team for the Productivity Summit of the Carter Center’s Mental Health Program identified actions and strategies to guide organizations as they build mental health into their corporate culture of health and well-being. Much of this material was presented at the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference in an interactive pre-conference session, “Mind Your Business: Improving Work Productivity Through Mental Wellness,” and a general session during the first day. Key employer strategies include the following:1
What comprises an effective mental health program? Intuitively, a strong workplace program aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions, increase awareness and access to employee assistance programs (EAPs), and create a workplace culture of health that is respectful, supportive, and mindful. However, without quantifiable results, top executives are often reluctant to invest resources to improve in these areas. Program implementations should define specific metrics and benchmarks, such as total number of claims, claim durations, relapses, and aggregate behavioral health costs.
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