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DMEC Finds Sharp Divide On Behavioral Care

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Employers seem to have clear ideas about whether they do or do not want to incorporate behavioral health services in their disability management programs.

The Disability Management Employer Coalition, San Diego, has published data on views on combining behavioral health services with disability management programs in a summary of 114 employer survey responses.

About 31% of the participants said their companies had an integrated/coordinated disability and absence management program, 40% said their companies had a partially integrated program, and 19% said their companies had no program. Only 3.5% of the participants said their companies were considering a program.

The rate of “onsidering” responses also was low for other questions.

DMEC found, for example, that 47% of the participants’ employers do “include a behavioral component” in the disability/absencement program and that 35% do not, but that only 6.3% are considering adding a behavioral component.

Similarly, 41% of the participants’ employers screen for potential psychological problems and 39% do not, and only 4.7% are considering adding psychological screening programs.