10 recent payer moves in behavioral health

Health insurance companies have invested millions of dollars in behavioral health programs and technologies recently.

Here are 10 recent moves:

1. The Anthem Foundation committed $13 million in grants to promote mental health equity, namely for people with substance use disorders. These grants are part of up to $30 million the company plans to invest over the next three years to reduce substance use disorders. 

2. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is investing more than $2 million to support 11 organizations across the state to improve access to behavioral healthcare services in rural and marginalized communities, as well as areas suffering from health professional shortages.

3. CareOregon awarded $210,000 in grants to nine local nonprofit organizations providing social support and improving access to medical care for seniors, communities of color and other underrepresented communities across Portland. $50,000 of the grants is going to Lines for Life's Cultural Engagement Initiative, which prioritizes mental health needs of communities of color. 

4. The CareSource Foundation awarded Overdose Lifeline a $178,000 grant to improve prevention of and response to Indiana school opioid overdoses. 

5. CareSource is collaborating with Clarigent Health to bring artificial intelligence to Ohio behavioral health providers.

6. A Kaiser Permanente Northern California telehealth program is expanding support for mental health patients by adding psychiatric clinical pharmacists to their care teams. 

7. Magellan Health launched a complimentary 24-hour crisis line for individuals affected by the elementary school shooting that occurred in Uvalde, Texas. 

8. The MolinaCares Accord, in collaboration with Molina Healthcare of Washington, awarded a $100,000 grant to support Compass Health's Broadway Campus Redevelopment Project, which will help fund the construction of a 72,000=square-foot facility offering community-based behavioral healthcare services.

9. Pasadena, Calif.-based Nudj Health raised $10 million in April to boost its efforts to partner with physician groups to track and change patient lifestyle behaviors

10. Regence Health Plans announced a series of mental health initiatives, including hiring a new senior medical director of behavioral health. 

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