CareSource Commits $3 Million to Youth Empowered Prevention Programs for Behavioral Health |

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DAYTON, Ohio, March 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CareSource, a nationally recognized nonprofit health plan, announced a series of commitments totaling $3 million to build resilience in more than 30 000 Ohio children and reduce negative childhood experiences.

“Ohio’s youth have experienced so much adversity and loss from the opioid crisis and suicide to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Erhardt Preitauer, president and CEO, CareSource. “CareSource invests in and empowers Ohio’s youth with the goal of building resilience and protective factors so they have every opportunity to overcome and thrive as successful members of society.”

Traditionally, Medicaid plans have focused on treating behavioral health issues. CareSource goes beyond that to focus on prevention by targeting at-risk members before diagnosis. For years, CareSource’s mitigation strategies have improved health outcomes for members and decreased maladaptive health behaviors that prevent people from adapting to new or challenging circumstances. Youth-focused prevention programs save $18 for every dollar spent on treatment, according to the Addiction and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

“Evidence-based prevention programs, especially those that are youth-led and adult-guided, continue to empower youth and young adults with the means and tools they need to be able to demonstrate the healthy decision-making necessary to ensure they have long and healthy lives,” said Tia Marcel Moretti, AVP Behavioral Health Integration at CareSource.

About CareSource

CareSource is a nonprofit, multi-state health plan recognized as a national leader in managed care. Founded in 1989, CareSource operates one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans and provides lifetime access to care through health insurance, including Medicaid, Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare Advantage, and programs at dual eligibility. Based in Dayton, Ohio, CareSource serves 2 million members in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. CareSource is also a partner of CareSource PASSE, which serves Arkansans with complex behavioral health and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the healthcare system and is transforming healthcare with cutting-edge programs that improve the health and well-being of our members.

To learn more, visit www.caresource.com, follow @caresource on Twitter or like CareSource on Facebook.

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