Centene Addresses Behavioral Health Challenges Amid National Mental Health Month

Health payers play critical role in care coordination to address physical and mental health needs

ST. LOUIS, May 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC) today announced its support for National Mental Health Month through a number of initiatives that empower providers and individuals to address behavioral health challenges, including substance use disorder (SUD). This year, the observance carries added significance as communities attempt to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the additional stressors that impacted overall health, including fear, isolation, and economic anxiety.

Furthering Centene's commitment to treating the whole health of its members, in January 2021, Centene and Magellan Health, Inc. announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Centene will acquire Magellan Health. Upon closing, the acquisition will broaden and deepen Centene's whole health capabilities and establish a leading behavioral health platform at a critical time.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 31% of U.S. adults reported symptoms of anxiety or depression and 26% reported stress-related symptoms, numbers nearly double the rates expected before the pandemic. Evidence shows that behavioral health challenges can also drive substance misuse, which can further exacerbate those challenges and impact a person's overall health. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, substance use for those with SUD increased by 20% along with a surge in first-time diagnoses of SUD.

"Behavioral health challenges require a comprehensive approach to care that considers the physical and mental health needs of individuals," said Centene's Chief Behavioral Health Officer, Brett Hart, PhD. "At Centene, we recognize that we are in a unique position to support behavioral health challenges, as we can serve as care integrators to help ensure they're supported at each stage of the care continuum."

Centene is committed to providing solutions to help individuals overcome behavioral health challenges and resulting conditions such as SUD. In recognition of National Mental Health Month, Centene is continuing to offer support through programs and partnerships such as:

  • Centene OpiEnd – This evidence-based program uses predictive modeling to identify members at high risk of developing an opioid addiction to prevent worsening of symptoms by connecting members to necessary care.
  • Partnership with YWCA – The Young Women Choosing Action program engages teenage girls from low-income families, especially communities of color, to teach them about the impacts of trauma and develop relationship and leadership skills.
  • Expanded Partnership with Quartet HealthThe partnership extends Quartet's national network of care options such as virtual tele-psychiatry and tele-therapy to members nationwide to improve behavioral health care accessibility.
  • Provider Training & Support – Centene Advanced Behavioral Health trains hundreds of clinicians on HEDIS® behavioral health measures, treatments, diagnostic codes, and service codes to improve health outcomes.
  • Suicide Safer Care Program – In collaboration with the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved and Concert Health, this program provides trainings to health centers on evidence-based practices for suicide prevention in primary care, including screening, testing, and intervention techniques.
  • Choose Tomorrow – Centene's suicide prevention program uses predictive modeling and evidence-based practices to identify suicide risk, determine the best course of intervention, and monitor the member's treatment progress to improve outcomes and prevent suicide.

For more information about Centene's commitment to behavioral health and addressing substance misuse, visit www.centene.com.

About Centene Corporation 

Centene Corporation, a Fortune 50 company, is a leading multi-national healthcare enterprise that is committed to helping people live healthier lives. The Company takes a local approach – with local brands and local teams – to provide fully integrated, high-quality, and cost-effective services to government-sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. Centene offers affordable and high-quality products to nearly 1 in 15 individuals across the nation, including Medicaid and Medicare members (including Medicare Prescription Drug Plans) as well as individuals and families served by the Health Insurance Marketplace, the TRICARE program, and individuals in correctional facilities. The Company also serves several international markets, and contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide a variety of specialty services focused on treating the whole person. Centene focuses on long-term growth and the development of its people, systems and capabilities so that it can better serve its members, providers, local communities, and government partners.

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