Companion Benefit Alternatives Inc. has introduced new services for health plan members who suffer from depression or alcoholism, or both.

Companion Benefit, a unit of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C., says its new Essential Solutions mental health care programs will offer telephone support from counselors as well as printed materials.

The disease management program for people who are addicted to alcohol is one of the first of its kind, Companion Benefit says.