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Behavioral Health Education

Buckeye cares about the wellbeing of the communities we serve. Behavioral health is just as important as physical health and creating awareness is a priority. When members face behavioral health challenges, Buckeye offers support and programs to help. We address conditions like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, substance abuse and more. Our case managers partner with providers to coordinate care, treatment and services, including hospitalization. Our network of medical professionals can provide the full range of therapies, counseling and treatment. Buckeye supports our members on every step of their journey.

Mental Health Awareness 

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and misunderstanding are also, unfortunately, widespread (NAMI, 2020). 

2019 Suicide Safer Care Report

Suicide prevention has been named a national priority and much work has been done to review existing evidence and to identify gaps in how our nation’s mental health and health care systems address this public health challenge. However, less attention has been paid to the integration of suicide prevention into primary care settings. The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU) worked with partners to develop and deliver training to prepare primary care teams to better meet the needs of patients at elevated risk for suicide.

The Suicide Safer Care program was created to train primary care providers and their teams on basic principles of suicide prevention and skills for integration into practice. The trainings provided a comprehensive, skills-based learning opportunity that offered “hands on” strategies that could be used with patients during a primary care visit. Skills developed through the training included identification of patients at risk, conducting risk assessments using a standardized tool, and brief evidence-based interventions including strategies for reducing access to lethal means, and safety planning.

Suicide Prevention in Primary Care Report(PDF)

Opioid Addiction

Ohio’s Opioid crisis, Cleveland Now
Video - Opiod Addiction - Looking for Signs
Laura Paynter, MA, PCC-S, CCM, ACHE
Sr. Director of Behavioral Health

Opioid PSA #1
Video -  Learning the Signs
Laura Paynter, MA, PCC-S, CCM, ACHE
Sr. Director of Behavioral Health

Opioid PSA #2
Video -  Learning the Signs
Laura Paynter, MA, PCC-S, CCM, ACHE
Sr. Director of Behavioral Health

Opioid Abuse Awareness, WTOL
Video - Opiod Abuse Awareness
Brad Lucas, MD, MBA, FACOG
Chief Medical Officer

Buckeye in the News - Opioid Awareness 
Video - Opiod Abuse Awareness
Brad Lucas, MD, MBA, FACOG
Chief Medical Officer

Article

Substance Abuse Programs Fight Opioid Epidemic in Ohio

 


Teen Vaping

Teen Vaping PSA
Video - Laura Paynter, MA, PCC-S, CCM, ACHE
Sr. Director of Behavioral Health

Buckeye in the News - Vaping
Video - Brad Lucas, MD, MBA, FACOG
Chief Medical Officer

Teen Vaping, Cleveland Now 
Video - Laura Paynter, MA, PCC-S, CCM, ACHE
Sr. Director of Behavioral Health

Teen Vaping Cleveland Now
Video - Dr. Michelle Blanda
Sr. Medical Director


Behavioral Health & COVID

Buckeye in the News: COVID-19 and Mental Health
Video - Dr. Brad Lucas, joins Cleveland Now
Brad Lucas, MD, MBA, FACOG
Chief Medical Officer

Article

Buckeye Health Plan Addresses Social Isolation and Loneliness During COVI9-Outbreak