Navigating the Options: Employer Considerations and Solutions in the Mental Health Space


Presenters: Andréa Caballero, Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR); and Dr. Heather Readhead, CalPERS

View live: March 4, 2021, 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT (available for on-demand viewing through June 2021 )

Program length: 60 minutes

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Leading employers have been addressing the varying mental health needs of their populations. Some needs are best suited for digital, self-directed solutions, other needs are more critical or acute, requiring specific clinical interventions, and many fall somewhere in between. The pandemic has brought a renewed spotlight on the importance of the need for all of these efforts.

While there are challenges, employers are also finding new opportunities to evolve their strategies and solutions. Andréa Caballero will present insights from research on purchaser sharing and solutions in the mental health space. Heather Readhead, MD, MPH, from CalPERS will share strategies, lessons learned, and design considerations as a purchaser and a public health clinician. In this program you will:

  • Learn how employer strategies evolved through the pandemic
  • Understand the employers’ current challenges and opportunities
  • Discover how employers choose the right partners to care for their populations
  • Hear how CalPERS has designed and deployed mental health programs and considered quality/outcome metrics and data needs

About the Presenters: Speaking on this webcast Andréa E. Caballero is the program director for Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR). With more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry, she specializes in payment reform, contracting for employer-purchaser health care procurement and a wide range of public policy issues. Prior to joining CPR, Caballero worked in government affairs at UnitedHealthcare, PacifiCare, and Humana. CPR is a national, independent education nonprofit with a mission to catalyze employers, public purchasers and others to implement strategies that produce higher-value health care and improve the functioning of the health care marketplace.

Speaking on this webcast Heather Readhead, MD, MPH is medical director of clinical programs at California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). She is a family medicine, preventive medicine and public health physician focused on clinical quality improvement and health equity. One of her focus areas is primary care redesign, which includes team-based care, integration of mental health and primary care, and population health management with health care delivery systems, payors and purchasers of health care. Prior to joining CalPERS, Readhead worked with safety net public/community clinics and private clinics in New York and California. During COVID, she has put her training to use assisting with COVID outbreak management in homeless shelters and domestic violence shelters. As the nation’s largest public pension fund, CalPERS serves more than 2 million members in the retirement system and more than 1.5 million members and their families in our health program.

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This Event Eligible for Recertification CreditRecertification Credit

SHRM Certification has approved this webcast for 1 PDC toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification. A program code will be provided at the end of the webcast. The program also meets recertification credit standards set by the HR Certification Institute and other HR certifying bodies, but candidates must manually enter their activity into their records.

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