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Psychiatric Disabilities Cost Employers $150 Billion Annually.

In light of the government's mental health report issued from Washington, D.C., in December, employers need to be proactive in providing mental health benefits, according to Dave Dintenfass, head of PricewaterhouseCooper's national behavioral health practice. Dintenfass, based in Tampa, says employer initiatives are crucial because of the tremendous direct and indirect costs associated with psychiatric disabilities -$150 billion annually. To assist employees with behavioral health problems who don't seek treatment, Dintenfass says employers need to focus on screening and prevention, just as many large employers do with programs to combat cardiac disease. Wellness programs also can identify previously undiagnosed depression and anxiety disorders that compromise worker productivity. Once affected employees are identified, they can be referred for treatment. "Certainly one could make the argument that mental health parity with other health benefits is vital," Dintenfass concludes.
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Date:Jan 1, 2000
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