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Seven Behavioral Health Trends for Employers to Watch in 2022

Behavioral health will remain a top priority for employers in 2022. Addressing the complex realities of persistent stigma, poor access, confusion over how to navigate resources and mental health inequities requires a sophisticated, holistic and strategic approach by employers seeking to effectively navigate these trends. We have identified seven key trends and opportunities for employers to address in 2022.

  1. Digital and Virtual Health Solutions Will Be Transformative
    Many employers have adopted or expanded digital and virtual solutions for behavioral health in response to pandemic-driven increases in depression, anxiety and substance use.
  2. Navigation Support for Behavioral Health Will Be Essential
    Helping patients navigate the complex and sometimes confusing mental health delivery system will be important to connect those seeking services to resources that help improve an individual’s lifestyle.
  3. Adoption of the Collaborative Care Model (CoCM) Will Increase
    The model advocates for the integration of behavioral health and general medical services to help improve patient outcomes by eliminating gaps in care for patients.
  4. Demographic Inequalities Will Make Mental Health Equity a Priority
    While the impact of pandemic distress has been felt across all segments of the population, young people, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ individuals and people with disabilities have been disproportionately impacted.
  5. C-Suite Sponsorship Will Enhance Culture and Behavioral Health
    Organizations have increased their emphasis on employee well-being and mental health, showing that managing behavioral health is more than just a health and safety priority―it is a business, workplace culture and talent imperative.
  6. Agility Needed to Navigate the Regulatory and Legislative Environment
    An important area of focus is ensuring compliance with the recent Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), which expands compliance requirements for group health plans under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA).
  7. Global Employers Will Localize Proactive Behavioral Health Approaches
    The World Health Organization’s new 2020 Mental Health Atlas reveals mental health across the globe continues to be underfunded, understaffed and lacking the desired level of governance and oversight. These deficiencies are made even more severe by the lingering stigma that persists in many countries and cultures.

To learn more about each of these trends in 2022, download our white paper.

by Joel Axler, MD

National Behavioral Health Leader

by Abinue Fortingo, MPH

Principal, Population Health Consultant