An Update on the Opioid Epidemic - February 16, 2018
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An Update on the Opioid Epidemic -
Challenges and Solutions
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The United States consumes more than 80% of the world's supply of opiates, which now contribute to the deaths of more people than auto accidents. The opiate epidemic, as well as other substance use disorders and mental illness impact nearly 25% of the U.S. population, and presents a challenges to individuals, families, schools, communities, and employers. This discussion will explore the prevalence of mental health and substance abuse concerns, the connection between physical and metal health, and challenges related to finding quality addiction treatment. This discussion will include challenges to employer groups, and discussion of current practices and learnings.
Jason Youngblood is the Director of Behavioral Strategy and Clinical Account Lead for Behavioral Health, for Cigna Healthcare. He is responsible for promoting the overall health and well-being of Cigna customers, by leveraging insights, analytics, and Cigna's comprehensive behavioral programs and services, to drive engagement and the reduction of total medical costs. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, in the state of Maryland, as well as a Personal Trainer, and focuses on the link between mind and body, and the impact to overall wellness.
He has been with Cigna for 15 years. He has held positions in Behavioral Health Utilization and Case Management, including Case Manager, Lead Clinician and Clinical Team Leader. Prior to joining Cigna, he provided clinical services in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient behavioral treatment modalities. He has a clinical sub-specialty in addictions treatment, including providing psychotherapy services to individuals and families with both mental health and substance use concerns. In addition, he holds a Producer’s License in Life and Health Insurance, in the state of Maryland, and is a provider of Producer continuing education.
He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology from Juniata College, and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology, from Towson University. Jason credits running as a core component of his ability successfully manage work, home, and parenting responsibilities, to the best of his abilities.