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Tyson Health Flyer (DEC 2021)

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Behavioral health:<br />

You don’t have to struggle alone<br />

<strong>DEC</strong>EMBER<br />

Meet Our Case Manager<br />

Alison Combs, R.N.<br />

Behavioral health is a broad term used to<br />

describe mental health conditions, such<br />

as depression, anxiety and trauma, and<br />

substance use disorders characterized by<br />

overuse of drugs or alcohol.<br />

According to the National Alliance for<br />

Mental Illness (NAMI), more than 25% of all<br />

U.S. adults experience a behavioral health<br />

disorder. In people ages 25 to 40, the rate<br />

is nearly one-third. Yet, 60% of those in<br />

need do not receive care each year. More<br />

than 65% of Arkansas children who need<br />

behavioral healthcare don’t receive it.<br />

If you or a<br />

loved one are<br />

struggling with<br />

a mental health<br />

or substance use<br />

disorder, please do<br />

the following:<br />

And while African Americans and<br />

Hispanic Americans report lower rates<br />

of behavioral health conditions, it is<br />

often underdiagnosed in these groups<br />

because of stigma and lack of access.<br />

Research shows dramatic increases<br />

in rates of anxiety and depression for<br />

adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.<br />

In Arkansas, depression and anxiety<br />

rates exceed the national averages.<br />

Talk to your primary care doctor. They can help you<br />

find care, and in some cases, prescribe medications<br />

to relieve your symptoms.<br />

Call the behavioral health number on the<br />

back of your BlueAdvantage member ID card.<br />

Call the UAMS AR-Connect program, 800-482-9921,<br />

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to schedule a time to<br />

connect with local mental health professionals in Arkansas.<br />

Alison, a BlueAdvantage<br />

Administrators of<br />

Arkansas case manager,<br />

has 17 years of nursing<br />

experience, including<br />

neonatal intensive<br />

care, women’s surgery,<br />

labor and delivery and<br />

pediatrics. She enjoys<br />

educating members about their healthcare<br />

benefits, so they can make good decisions<br />

during any life situation. In her free time,<br />

Alison likes cooking, visiting zoos, watching<br />

movies, enjoying thrills at theme parks, and<br />

most of all, being a mom to her three sons.<br />

“The most rewarding part of my<br />

career is to make parents and<br />

children more comfortable in any<br />

medical circumstance and offer<br />

clarity and guidance, especially<br />

during scary, heartbreaking or<br />

confusing situations,”<br />

00078.05.01.1221

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