COVID-19 pandemic highlights need for better access to behavioral health care
Posted: October 19, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. CDT|Update: 1 hour ago
SAN FRANCISCO, October 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kansas (BCBSKS) and MiResource announced that they have launched a free resource, MiResource to help guide Kansans through the process of finding and connecting with the right mental health care.
“With the demand for mental health services skyrocketing during the pandemic, many Kansans are seeking mental health care for the first time. Deciding that you are ready to find help is an important first step, but the process can be time consuming and difficult ”mentioned Matt all, President / CEO of BCBSKS. “MiResource is helping solve this problem so that all Kansans find the care they need quickly and with less confusion.”
This BCBSKS initiative will address mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety and substance use disorders, by providing the MiResource Solution to anyone in the Kansas State regardless of membership in BCBSKS. MiResource allows users to anonymously filter providers based on specific patient needs, such as conditions being treated, location, language, availability, preferred payment method and more. This solution connects Kansans with the in-person and virtual mental health providers who best meet their needs.
MiResource also allows mental health professionals serving Kansans to quickly and easily post their specialties and availability online. This unique platform enables patients to learn about the qualifications and personal dispositions of these professionals to better match patients’ treatment preferences.
“MiResource is excited to transform the way Kansans access mental health care,” said Mackenzie drazan, CEO of MiResource. “We created MiResource because I have seen my sister struggle and not find the right care in her darkest times. We are delighted to partner with BCBSKS so that no Kansan has to wrestle like my sister did. Done. I applaud BCBSKS ‘commitment to making mental health care a priority for all Kansans to quickly and easily get the mental health care most appropriate to their unique needs. “
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are reporting a significant and sustained increase in symptoms of depression and anxiety. More than half of American adults believe the COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on their mental health, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey. In October 2021, BCBSKS launched the New State of Mind campaign to encourage Kansans to open the conversation about mental health. Thousands of people have accessed the to place and has used its resource guides, assessment questionnaires, toolkits and wellness media library to help themselves or loved ones find a starting point to seek the help they need. MiResource makes this campaign a free and easy way for Kansans to assess their care needs and identify a provider who matches their needs.
MiResource makes it easy for people to connect to the mental health care that’s right for them. We leverage advanced technologies to enable all care options, professionals and programs to share their availability, specialty, identity and more, providing our users with the information and support they need. to find the right person. Backed by venture capital funding from top investors including Draper Associates, The One Mind Institute, What if Ventures, Royal Street Ventures and more. MiResource partners with health insurance plans and health systems across the country to help people get the care they need. Our current network of over 5,000 health care providers helps people get the personalized support and resources they need to manage their mental health.
About the Blue Cross and the Blue Shield of Kansas
For more than 75 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has built a reputation of trust with its members and contracted suppliers by providing exceptional customer service while handling complaints quickly and accurately; administer benefit plans and contracts fairly; provide programs, services and tools to help members improve or maintain their health; and operating to the highest ethical standards while being good stewards of premium dollars. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information visit bcbsks.com.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. BLUE CROSS®, BLUE SHIELD® and the Cross and Shield symbols are registered service marks of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an association of plans independent of Blue Cross and the Blue Shield. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas serves everything Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas contracts with MiResource to provide mental health resources to members. MiResource is not affiliated with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas.
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