The state of Idaho initiated a three-year pilot program to develop and include Serious Mental Illnesses (SMI) under health benefits for state employees.
The Department of Administration is working with health insurance plan provider Blue Cross of Idaho and Business Psychology Associates to design a mental health benefit that meets the requirements of a bill approved by the Idaho Legislature earlier this year.
HB 615 requires that certain serious mental illnesses be treated the same as any other medical condition. The pilot program began July 1.
Highlights of the new mental health benefit are:
For more information about the pilot program, please refer to the attached summer edition of the Department of Administration’s Wellness Today newsletter. A more detailed explanation of the new mental health benefit also can be found on the Office of Group Insurance Web site at: http://www.adm.idaho.gov/insurance/group_index.htm