Carol Kress Named Vice President, Client Partnerships of Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership

BOSTON – Beacon Health Options (Beacon), the nation’s premier behavioral health company, announced today that Carol Kress has been named the chief executive of the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP), a Beacon company. In her new senior role as Vice President, Client Partnerships, MBHP, she will be responsible for managing the MBHP contract, overseeing the delivery and coordination of the behavioral health system of care for the MassHealth Primary Care Clinician (PCC) Plan.

Kress joined MBHP in 1998 as Director of Intensive Clinical Management. For the past 11 years, she has overseen all operations at MBHP. Previously, she served as Vice President of Clinical Services. Prior to MBHP, Kress worked for many years in the provider community as a clinical social worker, managing programs and treating individuals living with mental illness and substance use disorders.

“Carol is a perfect fit for this leadership role. She knows MBHP and the community it serves through and through,” said Christine Hager, Senior Vice President, National Client Partnerships for the Beacon New England Region. “Carol is highly respected by our clients, members, providers and advocates. I am confident that she will ensure MBHP continues as a national model for a high-quality, member-centric behavioral health system of care.”

About MBHP

The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) has worked with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1996 to provide managed behavioral health services for members of the PCC Plan and since 1998 to provide network and quality management for primary care clinicians in the PCC Plan. Additionally, since 2009, MBHP has managed behavioral health services for the Health New England Be Healthy MassHealth Plan. Since its inception, MBHP has improved the delivery and quality of health care in Massachusetts through member-directed initiatives and innovative programs. For more information on MBHP, visit www.masspartnership.com.

About Beacon Health Options

Beacon Health Options is a health improvement company that serves 45 million individual across all 50 states and the United Kingdom. On behalf of employers, health plans and government agencies, we manage innovative programs and solutions that directly address the challenges our behavioral health care system faces today. A national leader in the fields of mental and emotional wellbeing, addiction, recovery and resilience, employee assistance, and wellness, Beacon Health Options helps people make the difficult life changes needed to be healthier and more productive. Partnering with a network of providers nationwide, Beacon Health Options helps people take important steps in the right direction. We help them live their lives to the fullest potential. Visit www.beaconhealthoptions.com for more information.