It’s time for more employee assistance, not less. I have been a professional working in the behavioral health field for over 22 years. I think I speak for many of my colleagues when I say these are unprecedented times. It is a substantially different world than when I cut my teeth in the industry. Go back 20 years and compare any given organization’s typical needs to their needs today. It’s almost inconceivable to grasp conditions on the ground in 2022 through a 2002 lens.

In 2022, it’s clear that prevailing models of care, pathways for helping and the workplace experience have changed. Three factors have come together to form a perfect behavioral health storm. This storm will challenge the landscape of behavioral health as we currently know it and push our care system(s) to the limit.