Optum, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Partnering to Expand Access to High-Quality Substance Use Treatment For Commercial Health Plan Members


Posted: June 27, 2018


Eligible Optum members now have in-network access to personalized, evidence-based treatment at 14 Hazelden Betty Ford locations across the country


MINNEAPOLIS – (June 27, 2018) – The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has partnered with Optum to expand access to high-quality, evidence-based addiction treatment services, including specialty programs and medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, to individuals and families with Optum behavioral health coverage through an employer-sponsored or individual health insurance plan.

Eligible members now have in-network access to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s national system of care at 14 treatment locations in California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon and New York. In addition to its standard residential and outpatient substance use treatment services, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation offers specialized programs for attorneys, nurses, physicians and other professionals, as well as specialty care and services for adolescents and young adults. Programs are also available for families and kids faced with a loved one's addiction, including the Betty Ford Center Children's Program, which provides education and support for children of a parent with a substance use issue.

“The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has been a leader in the addiction treatment field for nearly 70 years,” said Debra Nussbaum, director of behavioral product at Optum. “We’re honored to partner with an innovative and well-regarded organization to help the people we serve access the highest-quality substance use treatment and support.”

The most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that over 20 million Americans age 12 and older needed some form of substance use treatment in the past year, but only about one in 10 of them actually received treatment. The national opioid epidemic and increasingly complex patient profiles – often involving co-occurring mental health concerns – have driven a growing need for specialized substance use treatment services that integrate medical and behavioral treatment with ongoing social support. Overdose deaths due to opioids, which include prescription pain relievers and heroin, continue to surge across the country and now kill more Americans each year than car accidents and firearms, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“We’re excited to offer Optum commercial plan members access to the very best residential and outpatient substance use treatment programs available,” said Pablo McCabe, LCSW, director of national and strategic accounts for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. “As the need for quality treatment continues to grow, this partnership furthers our goal of helping as many people as possible get the right level of support, structure and resources they need to achieve long-term success.”

About the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It is the nation's leading nonprofit treatment provider, with a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center. With 17 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas, the Foundation offers prevention and recovery solutions nationwide and across the entire continuum of care to help youth and adults reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction. It includes the largest recovery publishing house in the country, a fully accredited graduate school of addiction studies, an addiction research center, an education arm for medical professionals and a unique children's program, and is the nation's leader in advocacy and policy for treatment and recovery. Learn more at HazeldenBettyFord.org and on Twitter @hazldnbettyford.

About Optum

Optum is a leading information and technology-enabled health services business dedicated to helping make the health system work better for everyone. With more than 145,000 people worldwide, Optum delivers intelligent, integrated solutions that help to modernize the health system and improve overall population health. Optum is part of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). For more information, visit www.optum.com.