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Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aspire365 Bring New In-Home Behavioral Healthcare Treatment for Teens and Adults to Maine

February 22, 2023

Aspire365’s in-home and virtual substance use disorder and mental healthcare treatment programs, preventive screenings now in-network for Anthem members statewide
 
SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE — As part of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine’s (Anthem) ongoing effort to increase access to behavioral healthcare and expand treatment capacity in the state, Anthem is partnering with Aspire365 to offer in-home substance use disorder and mental health programs for Anthem members 12 and older.
 
Aspire365’s approach works through a multidisciplinary team to treat mental illnesses including psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, and neurocognitive disorders, and to provide treatment for all types of substance use disorders as well as co-occurring disorders for individuals ages 12 and up. The team uses evidence-based treatment methods such as psychiatry, psychotherapy, in-home nursing, family and peer support, and group therapy, tailoring the treatment plan to the needs of the patient and their family.
 
Aspire365 is currently the only provider in Maine offering in-home treatment for complex mental health illnesses or co-occurring disorders for children ages 12 to 17 and adults, and Anthem is the only insurer in the state currently covering these programs. This will give Anthem members in all areas of the state access to a unique, robust set of in-home behavioral health services.
 
“There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to treating substance use disorder or mental health conditions, and that’s why Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield works closely with providers to build new programs that increase access to various types of treatment in Maine,” said Denise McDonough, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. “Our partnership with Aspire365 will help to expand access to behavioral healthcare services for teens and adults, which is critical because currently wait times for access to behavioral healthcare services have increased across the state. We’re pleased to partner with them to offer Maine families another option for care.”
 
“Aspire365 is very excited to be working alongside Anthem to deliver the most effective mental health and substance use disorder treatment available to every county in the state of Maine. With our capacity to provide effective clinical-based services to even the most rural parts of the state, Anthem is ensuring that every member has access to the care they deserve,” said Zach Jenson, CEO of Aspire365.
 
Aspire365 offers mental health, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorders treatment via a six-person support team that includes a psychiatrist, nurse or nurse practitioner, individual therapist, family therapist, case manager, and peer recovery coach or life coach. Services are delivered through a combination of in-person and telehealth sessions over a 12-month period, or, if circumstances require, entirely through telehealth.
 
“Aspire365’s long-term in-home treatment model gives people the greatest chance for success in achieving sustained recovery,” said Dr. Ellen Edens, Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine and an advisory board member for Aspire365.
 
Additionally, all Anthem members have access to Aspire365 preventive mental health screenings as a covered service for individuals ages 12 and older. Anthem members can schedule a preventive screening themselves (8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday), and healthcare providers can refer patients they believe to be at risk for a behavioral health event to Aspire365, which will have a qualified mental health professional proactively reach out to the patient to schedule a screening. During the screening, the professional will make an assessment of any behavioral health conditions and provide appropriate access to care for the patient, if needed.
 
For more information about Aspire365, visit aspire-365.com.
 
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About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine
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About Aspire365
Aspire365, LLC and Aspire365 Maine, LLC are registered healthcare organizations within the Aspire365 network. The Aspire365 names and symbols are pending registration and used with permission. Additional information about Aspire365 in Maine is available at www.aspire-365.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/_Aspire365.
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Stephanie DuBois
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