Employers play an important role in providing mental health and substance use disorder coverage and care.
Employers are prioritizing mental health coverage for their employees. 90% of employers provide employee assistance programs for mental health services and 86% provide mental health coverage.
Many employers proactively responded to increased mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kaiser Family Foundation’s “2021 Employee Health Benefits Survey” found many employers made changes to their mental health coverage, expanded access to services and created new employee assistance programs to better serve employees struggling with mental health needs. As many as 96% could offer tele-mental health services by the end of 2023. Employers play an important role in providing mental health and substance use disorder coverage and care.
Business Roundtable believes more needs to be done to promote mental health and access to services and supports a three-pronged policy strategy.