From the Fall 2013 issue of For Your Benefit newsletter
Tim Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Beacon Health Strategies
I want to personally welcome you to Beacon Health Strategies (Beacon) and to introduce you to our company. In February 2013, the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) selected Beacon to be the new mental health carrier for the GIC’s UniCare State Indemnity plans, Tufts Health Plan Navigator, and Tufts Health Plan Spirit, covering approximately 255,000 people effective July 1, 2013. In that role, we will be administering behavioral health, substance abuse, and Employee Assistance Program benefits to UniCare and Tufts members. We also administer mental health benefits for GIC members in Neighborhood and Fallon Community Health plans.
Beacon has deep roots in Massachusetts. We were founded in 1996 by Betsy Patullo, a former Massachusetts Associate Commissioner of the Department of Youth Services in the 1980’s. Over the past 17 years, we have grown to serve approximately one million Massachusetts residents, including members of the Neighborhood Health Plan of Massachusetts, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan, Fallon Community Health Plan, and Senior Whole Health Plan. That growth is the result of our 750 committed employees, over half of whom are licensed behavioral health clinicians and many of whom live here in the Commonwealth. Our expertise has evolved to managing behavioral health services for those individuals with the highest needs – both behavioral and medical – while also serving the needs of all members in any given plan.
I joined Beacon as its president in 2007 after serving as Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services for the Commonwealth. During my tenure as Secretary, I helped to pass and implement the Massachusetts healthcare reform law of 2006, which led to more than 400,000 people receiving health insurance coverage, and I am proud of that effort. Our leadership team also hails from Massachusetts, and many served in state government. Brian Wheelan, Beacon’s Executive Vice President, served as Assistant Secretary for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Our Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Operations also are both former state employees.
Beacon is committed to applying our behavioral health expertise to assist GIC members in all aspects of their well-being. We know through our 17 years of experience that an individual must be treated respectfully and with consideration of their physical, behavioral and social well-being. Our clinicians work closely with therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals, along with primary care physicians, to make sure that you and your family receive excellent care.
To integrate care, Beacon employees are co-located at our health plan partners’ offices to assist in clinical collaboration. Beacon will be coordinating our services with Tufts and UniCare to ensure both teams work collaboratively to problem solve and ultimately provide you outstanding services.
We at Beacon welcome you to our plan. If you have questions or feedback, please call our GIC-dedicated number at 1.855.750.8980 (TDD: 1.866.727.9441).