Behavioral health

One in five working-age Americans experiences symptoms of a mental health disorder in any given month1, and behavioral health issues are the fifth-leading cause of short-term disability.2 At Optum, we recognize the impact that behavioral health can have not only on plan sponsors’ medical costs, but also on their organization’s vitality and potential to thrive.

We operate one of the nation’s leading managed behavioral care organizations. With more than 130,000 clinicians and facilities, our tiered behavioral health network is one of the largest in the United States. Our clinical bench of more than 1,000 doctors and other clinicians — many of them specialists in behavioral health conditions — focus on what matters most:

  • Early identification and intervention, starting with employee assistance programs
  • Measuring and monitoring network clinician and facility performance
  • Initiatives to improve care quality and affordability among your plan membership
  • Advocating for members and supporting their recoveries through community connections and online tools
  • Targeted programs for conditions such as autism, depression and substance use

We understand the complex regulatory atmosphere resulting from the Affordable Care Act, Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act and state mandates. Serving one in five Americans, we provide plan sponsors with discounts of 40% to 60% on provider reimbursement rates.

Find out more about our related services:

Employee assistance program
WorkLife Services

1. Untreated mental health problems may hinder workplace productivity. Harvard Mental Health Letter. February 2010.

2. Bakker AB, Oerlmans W. Subjective well-being in organizations. In: Cameron TL, Spreitzer GM, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Positive Organizational Scholarship. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2011:178–189.