Unmet behavioral health needs are pushing the healthcare system to a breaking point. In response, investors are funding digital apps and startups that promise to increase access to care. Not only is this approach insufficient for addressing the real needs or structural drivers of dysfunction, it also runs the risk of exacerbating inequities by serving primarily affluent, low-acuity, and disproportionately white patients.
Without a radical shift in approach, healthcare leaders risk backsliding on progress toward behavioral health and health equity goals, having negative business implications across sectors.
Read on for tangible steps leaders must take to meaningfully and equitably restructure the behavioral healthcare system.