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Adm Policy Ment Health. 2009 Nov;36(6):416-23. doi: 10.1007/s10488-009-0232-0. Epub 2009 Aug 19.

Integrated employee assistance program/managed behavioral health care benefits: relationship with access and client characteristics.

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  • 1Institute for Behavioral Health, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454-9110, USA. merrick@brandeis.edu

Abstract

This study examined service user characteristics and determinants of access for enrollees in integrated EAP/behavioral health versus standard managed behavioral health care plans. A national managed behavioral health care organization's claims data from 2004 were used. Integrated plan service users were more likely to be employees rather than dependents, and to be diagnosed with adjustment disorder. Logistic regression analyses found greater likelihood in integrated plans of accessing behavioral health services (OR 1.20, CI 1.17-1.24), and substance abuse services specifically (OR 1.23, CI 1.06-1.43). Results are consistent with the concept that EAP benefits may increase access and address problems earlier.

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19690952
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PMC2794127
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10.1007/s10488-009-0232-0
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