The Treatment Placement Specialists® team, an initiative of Acadia Healthcare, is honored to partner with employee assistance and labor assistance professionals. Together, we help these groups customize treatment portfolios that best suit the needs of their unique workforce.
How the Program Works
As noted in the previous section, an EA/LA professional can start the process simply by calling their Acadia Healthcare strategic relationship manager to design a Customized Portfolio of treatment facilities to best meet the behavioral healthcare needs of those they serve. They will also identify the Treatment Placement Specialist(s) that will assist them with day-to-day requests for treatment recommendations for an individual who is in need of professional care for mental health and/or substance use disorders and for other behavioral health problems.
During that initial call to the assigned TPS, the EA/LA professional will be asked to provide some basic information, such as the following:
- The age and gender of the individual who needs care
- The symptoms and/or disorders with which the individual has been struggling
- Preferred type or types of treatment (including but not limited to inpatient, residential, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization, traditional outpatient services, and sober living environment)
- Geographical preferences or limitations
- Financial/insurance information
With this basic information, the TPS will conduct all necessary research to identify the program or programs that are the best match according to the criteria provided. The TPS will provide this information to the EA/LA professional, who can then present the treatment options to the individual who needs care. If desired, the Treatment Placement Specialist can communicate this directly to the individual and concerned persons, as directed by the EAP/LAP.
If the individual or the EA/LA professional needs any additional information about any of the programs, or has any questions about assessments, admissions, or any other aspect of the treatment process, the TPS team will be ready and able to provide those answers.
The Benefits of Partnering with the TPS Team
EA and LA professionals have many demands placed on their time, and must be prepared to answer a broad scope of questions for individuals who are dealing with a wide range of issues and challenges. In many of these cases, time is of the essence, yet the complexity of the challenges demand considerable research in order to ensure the answers provided by the EAP are accurate and complete.
When an EA/LA professional is presented with an issue or challenge related to mental illness, substance use disorder or other behavioral health disorder , they can rely on the TPS team to do the legwork, conduct the research, and utilize our considerable experience to identify optimal solutions in a timely manner.
In addition to identifying programs or providers that are best prepared to meet the employee’s needs, TPS will:
- Clarify clinical specialty needs, level of care needs and facility appropriateness
- Determine admissions and appointment availability
- Verify insurance benefits
- Manage the many details in connecting the person in need to care
- Work with treatment facilities on the continuing care plan, aligned with the employee’s and EAP/LAP’s needs and preferences
This frees the EA and LA professional to manage demands from their many stakeholders and the priorities that compete for their attention on a daily basis.
In short, the TPS team makes the process of connecting individuals to treatment both more efficient and more effective. The EA and LA Professional can make the best use of his or her time, while the TPS team works behind the scenes to identify solutions, review resources and provide recommendations for treatment that will best meet the needs of the employee.