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Massachusetts Medical Society Endorses Program to Help Providers Care for Patients with Chronic Pain and/or Substance Use Disorders

The Massachusetts Consultation Service for Treatment of Addiction and Pain offers real-time consultation to primary care providers Boston – December 4, 2019 – A recent needs assessment of Massachusetts primary care providers (PCPs) showed that while there are many useful resources available to provide education and training, many PCPs express the need for real-time support…

Statement in support of administration’s efforts aimed at addiction treatment

Substance use disorder is an issue that impacts millions of Americans and their families. We support the government’s efforts to launch FindTreatment.gov so that Americans can learn about and locate treatment options. Rapid connection to treatment and continuous engagement are the leading indicators of sustained recovery. While strides have been made in the collective struggle…

Beacon Health Options awards $128,800 in grants to address opioid crisis in Boston and Lowell

Funding will be used to benefit community-based behavioral health organizations Boston – September 4, 2019 – According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, in the first six months of 2019 alone, there were 611 confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths in the Commonwealth – more than three per day. To help address this ongoing crisis, Beacon…

Beacon Health Options Achieves HITRUST and NIST

Certification Certified Status Demonstrates a Proven Cybersecurity Program Boston, July 30, 2019 – – Beacon Health Options, a leading behavioral health services company that serves approximately 40 million individuals across all 50 states, announced it has earned Certified status under the Health Information Trust Alliance’s (HITRUST) Common Security Framework (CSF) as well as the National…

Anthem, Inc. to Acquire Beacon Health Options

Indianapolis – June 6, 2019 – Anthem, Inc. (NYSE:ANTM) today announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Beacon Health Options (Beacon), the largest independently held behavioral health organization in the country. Beacon currently serves more than 36 million individuals across all 50 states, including nearly 3 million individuals under comprehensive…

Beacon Health Options offers questions to ask and answer during Mental Health Awareness Month

BOSTON – May 16, 2019 – An astonishing 1 in 5 Americans will face some form of mental illness this year.Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., with more than 40 million lives affected. Additionally, about 16 million Americans have major depression. However, despite the prevalence of mental health conditions, only…

Beacon Health Options to Provide University Students with Access to Therapy in Order to Address On-Campus Behavioral Health Services Shortage

Beacon Wellbeing: Student Assistance Program is a first-of-its-kind behavioral health service that makes telehealth and online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy apps available to students with anxiety, depression and stress BOSTON – April 25, 2019 – According to Pew Research, more than 70 percent of teens feel anxiety and depression are problems among their peers. In response,…

Behavioral Health Parity–Where Are We Now and Where Do We Need to Go?

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act ensures that behavioral health conditions and physical conditions are given equal consideration. Now that it’s been a decade since the law was passed, where does parity stand, and what work is still ahead? Brad Lerner, Beacon’s Vice President of Public Policy, co-authored a feature for the American…

Improving the Lives of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

During Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, Beacon Health Options (Beacon) wants to take time out to explore how the ideal care model can help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) live their lives to the fullest.  What are those factors that will “move the needle” to create more meaningful care that meets individuals where they…

Beacon Health Options Provides Expert Testimony Before California Assembly and Senate Health Committees at Joint Hearing on Improving the Medi-Cal Mental Health Delivery System

Expert testimony focused on increasing access and utilization for mental health services in California Boston, March 5, 2019 – Today, Sarah Arnquist, Vice President of Account Partnerships on the West Coast for Beacon Health Options (Beacon) provided expert testimony before the California Assembly and Senate Health Committees at a Joint Hearing on Improving the Medi-Cal…