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Netsmart and myStrength Partner to Bend Healthcare Cost Curve and Improve Immediate Access to Resources

Today Netsmart and myStrength announced a strategic partnership to extend the myStrength digital, evidence-based tools to all Netsmart behavioral health clients by integrating the content into its electronic health record (EHR) platforms. As part of the partnership, Netsmart will also roll out the innovative self-care resources to its associates to help them manage and overcome challenges related to depression, anxiety, stress, substance use, chronic pain and sleep.

Depression and its associated conditions cost the U.S. approximately $210 billion a year and affect more than 50 million individuals. myStrength has created a mobile, digital resource that complements other forms of care, such as medication and working with a behavioral health professional, to provide support that is affordable and accessible.

“By providing individuals the tools to help manage their conditions combined with evidence-based practices they can use anytime and anywhere, we can make a tremendous impact on a person’s journey to recovery,” said Netsmart CEO Mike Valentine. “However, the appropriate behavioral health resources aren’t always available when a person needs it. The content in the myStrength tool enables individuals to access resources to help them in the moment, no matter where they are. We are excited to offer the solution to all of our clients and roll it out to our associates.”

“myStrength allows our clients and staff ease of access to an abundance of resources on numerous topics. Our new clients benefit from these resources often before seeing a provider and excitedly share what they’ve learned about themselves or their symptoms,” said Vicky Mieseler, chief administrative officer at Ozark Center. “Being able to incorporate myStrength content with information from Netsmart, naturally gives our clients and staff the information they need in a format that seamlessly fits into their daily lives. This content has dramatically improved client outcomes when used in conjunction with treatment!”

“We are excited to collaborate with Netsmart by offering myStrength to both their associates and their clinical partnerships. Our mission is to make digital behavioral health services more accessible and this relationship will help us expand our platform in a significant way,” said Co-Founder and CEO of myStrength Scott Cousino. “myStrength provides accessible and effective solutions for managing behavioral health issues and consistently demonstrate high levels of consumer adoption, satisfaction, engagement and clinical improvement. Through this partnership we can offer a truly integrated solution for clinicians and consumers, extending the capabilities of both organizations.”

Since 2016 Netsmart has offered Mental Health First Aid training to its associates, with a goal to have 90 percent of its workforce certified. Netsmart has trained more than 800 individuals, including two associates who have been certified as instructors who will teach the course to others in the community. Netsmart was recently honored by the National Council for Behavioral Health for its work in MHFA with the Business Leadership Award.

“Mental health is just as important, if not more so, than physical health,” said Valentine. “MHFA and the myStrength tool is yet another way we can empower and educate our clients, associates and communities to work to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and substance use.”

To learn more about Netsmart and its partnership with myStrength, stop by the 2018 OpenMinds Management Best Practices Institute Aug. 14 – 17 in Long Beach, Calif.

About myStrength

myStrength, Inc. is a recognized leader in digital behavioral health. myStrength greatly enhances traditional care models, while addressing issues of cost, lack of access, and stigma, to deliver mental health and well-being resources at scale. Grounded in evidence-based approaches, our platform targets the most prevalent and costly behavioral health conditions ─ empowering consumers with innovative self-care resources to manage and overcome challenges with depression, anxiety, stress, substance use disorder, chronic pain and sleep. myStrength collaborates with more than 100 health plans, integrated health systems, EAPs, disease management providers, managed and community behavioral health providers, strategic alliances, ACOs and FQHCs. For more information, please visit www.myStrength.com

About Netsmart

Netsmart designs, builds and delivers electronic health records (EHRs), solutions and services that are powerful, intuitive and easy-to-use. Our platform provides accurate, up-to-date information that is easily accessible to care team members in behavioral health, care at home, senior living and social services. We make the complex simple and personalized so our clients can concentrate on what they do best: provide services and treatment that support whole-person care.

By leveraging the powerful Netsmart network, care providers can seamlessly and securely integrate information across communities, collaborate on the most effective treatments and improve outcomes for those in their care. Our streamlined systems and personalized workflows put relevant information at the fingertips of users when and where they need it.

For 50 years, Netsmart has been committed to providing a common platform to integrate care. SIMPLE. PERSONAL. POWERFUL.

Our more than 1,700 associates work hand-in-hand with our 600,000+ users in more than 25,000 organizations across the U.S. to develop and deploy technology that automates and coordinates everything from clinical to financial to administrative.

Learn more about how Netsmart is changing the face of healthcare today. Visit www.ntst.com, call 1-800-472-5509, follow us on our CareThreads Blog, LinkedIn and Twitter, like us on Facebook or visit us on YouTube.

Netsmart is pleased to support the EveryDayMatters® Foundation, which was established for behavioral health, care at home, senior living and social services organizations to learn from each other and share their causes and stories.

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