Workers' Comp

Why Do I Need a Workers’ Compensation Behavioral Health Network?

September 5, 2023

Melissa McGarry

Director, Product Development

Concerns about the impact of behavioral health on work-related injuries has risen in recent years as studies estimate 30% to 50% of adults have a mental illness over the course of their lifetime. Results show 23% of those with mental-health or substance-use disorders drive 60% of overall medical spending. 

Early identification and treatment of both pre-existing behavioral health risk factors and those triggered by a work-related injury often results in improved outcomes.  The longer individuals are out of work, the less likely they will be able to return. It’s vital to catch psychosocial issues early, so individuals can be provided with the cognitive behavioral tools needed to successfully cope with a stressful, painful injury, to comply and prevent a delayed recovery. 

Why is Behavioral Health Relevant in Workers’ Comp? 

To support this concern, the Coventry Integrated Network includes roughly 120,000 behavioral health providers; individuals have access to psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers nationwide. Finding the right provider and gaining timely access to that provider is key to helping individuals get back to work or deal with mental challenges should they arise. Providers can be found through our provider search tool, and Clients using Coventry Connect can link directly to the provider locator tool in the portal. 

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