September 2, 2021 — 08:30 AM ET, BURLINGAME, Calif. — Lyra Health, the leading provider of comprehensive mental health care benefits for global employers, today announced the first technology-integrated care solutions designed to address serious mental health issues such as alcohol use disorder (AUD), suicidality, and other complex mental health diagnoses.
As of 2019, the National Institute for Mental Health estimated there were more than 13 million Americans with serious mental illness, and 15 million with AUD. During the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found nearly 11% of adults seriously considered suicide. Traditional employee assistance programs and health plans too often don’t effectively support people with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in accessing the help they need. Lyra’s new offerings add to its existing complex care options and specialist network, making it even easier for employers to offer effective, evidence-based care to employees and their families through Lyra’s comprehensive mental health platform.
These offerings will be available at the beginning of 2022.
Lyra Renew is a comprehensive treatment program that helps people reduce drinking or attain sobriety. Lyra Renew addresses problematic alcohol use through virtual therapy, group sessions, ongoing symptom assessments, peer recovery support specialists to help members stay on track, digital lessons that teach coping skills, and medication to fight cravings. AUD often occurs alongside other mental illnesses, with 50% of AUD patients also suffering from other psychiatric disorders, so Lyra Renew includes coordinated treatment for multiple issues. Lyra Renew also includes resources and care for the entire family—an important component of durable recovery. Because it is delivered through Lyra’s comprehensive Blended Care virtual platform, Lyra Renew can be accessed from the privacy of members’ homes, helping reduce the impact of stigma.
The need for effective AUD treatment is pressing. In a 2020 study of more than 800 adults, 60% reported an increase in alcohol consumption during the pandemic. Alcohol misuse accounts for 500 million lost workdays each year, costing the U.S. economy $240 billion annually in care spend, accidents, absenteeism, and lost productivity.
Lyra’s Blended Care Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Suicidality is a specialized program that helps members decrease suicidal thoughts and behaviors. DBT is considered the gold standard for treatment for individuals with moderate to high suicidality. Lyra DBT combines one-on-one virtual therapy sessions with therapist-prescribed skill-building lessons through Lyra’s Blended Care platform to help individuals recover quickly and effectively. Members receive flexible, ongoing support through weekly group skills training and access to 24/7 crisis support from a DBT-trained support team.
Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death due to poor screening and limited access to effective care. In 2021, 16% of members that came to Lyra for care indicated thoughts of suicide or active self-harm, up from 10% pre-pandemic.
Finding care for complex mental health needs can be among the most difficult experiences for people and families due to the exhaustive process to evaluate and manage higher levels of care. Lyra Concierge provides personalized support for children, adolescents, and adults who need help accessing specialized mental health support. Lyra is today introducing new services to provide personalized support for people who need care through intensive outpatient and rehabilitation facilities. Lyra clinicians will apply their expertise to identify resources that address members’ unique needs, health insurance, and location. As with all of Lyra’s offerings, Lyra will only recommend facilities that deliver evidence-based care. Lyra will also provide coordinated care following discharge to seamlessly manage evolving mental health needs. Lyra additionally provides clinical leave evaluations should short-term disability for mental health be required.
“Individuals facing serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders have less access to care and resources than those with mild mental health issues,” said Dr. Connie Chen, chief operating officer at Lyra Health. “Our newest AUD and other complex care offerings build on our existing specialty solutions to close a critical gap in mental health care, supporting a population that has historically been underserved due to the complexity and cost of care required to drive meaningful improvement. Lyra is proud to offer effective care options to leading employers dedicated to supporting their people and their families, regardless of where they are on the mental health spectrum.”
Lyra Health, a leading provider of innovative mental health benefits for more than 2 million global employees and dependents, is transforming mental health care by creating a frictionless experience for members, providers, and employers. Using matching technology and an innovative digital platform, Lyra quickly connects companies and their employees—plus spouses and children—to world-class therapists, mental health coaches, and personalized medication prescribing. Leading employers partner with Lyra to deliver tailored, value-driven mental health benefits to their people. With Lyra, benefits leaders can offer employees fast, reliable access to providers who practice evidence-based mental health care treatments. For more information, visit lyrahealth.com and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.