CEO: Help is Available for Mental Crisis

Daniel J. Loepp

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Daniel J. Loepp is President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Mr. Loepp has directed sweeping initiatives and innovations that have led to a historic transformation of BCBSM and health care in Michigan. He played a major role in modernizing the state’s health care delivery system in a process that led to enactment of new laws that transformed BCBSM to become a nonprofit mutual insurance company in January 2014. Mr. Loepp has led BCBSM initiatives to improve health care quality and slow cost increases, saving nearly $1.5 billion through several programs that have garnered national attention and served as models implemented across the country. Under his leadership, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is helping to revitalize and strengthen Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing. In 2011 and 2012, Blue Cross moved 3,000 BCBSM employees into downtown Detroit and the company is one of the largest employers in the city’s Central Business District. In Lansing, BCBSM subsidiary AF Group transformed a long abandoned power plant into a national headquarters. Mr. Loepp has stood by a commitment that BCBSM should be a driving force for good in Michigan’s core cities. It is reflected in BCBSM’s workforce diversity and inclusion efforts, supplier partnerships and community initiatives. In his tenure, BCBSM has been named Corporation of the Year in Finance and Insurance Services nine times by the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council. The company has also been named one of America’s Top Organizations for Multi-Cultural Business Opportunities by and ranked five consecutive years as one of the top 10 Regional Companies for diversity by DiversityInc magazine, including being ranked No. 1 for consecutive years in 2015 and 2016. Mr. Loepp was honored as a 2016 recipient of the Edward N. McNamara Goodfellow of the Year Award. He was selected as Michiganian of the Year by The Detroit News in 2013. Mr. Loepp joined Blue Cross in 2000. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, he served as board chair of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), an organization that includes all 36 Blue Cross plans and provides health coverage to more than 106 million Americans.

Mental health conditions can affect anyone at any time. That’s why during National Suicide Prevention Week, it’s especially important to raise awareness that: it’s always okay to ask for help and crisis services are always available.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline (also known as the 988 Lifeline). Established just over a year ago, the nationwide 988 Lifeline quickly connects anyone with resources to help. When someone calls or texts 988, they will get a response from a trained crisis counselor who will listen, provide free support and share resources.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are committed to enabling access to high-quality and effective behavioral health care that is focused on the challenges our members face, including those experiencing a mental health issue or substance use crisis. This year, we launched new care options to help members under the age of 65 quickly access behavioral health treatment through psychiatric urgent care, mobile crisis assessment, crisis stabilization and residential crisis treatment services. Members can call the Mental Health and Substance Abuse number on the back of their member ID card for help accessing these services.

A common issue

Mental conditions affect approximately 1 in 5 U.S. adults each year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. To ensure people are getting the care they need, we must continue to emphasize that it is just as important to seek support and treatment for a mental condition as we would for a physical issue.
Caring for our mental well-being is urgent. The more we learn, the better we’re able to treat the mental conditions that are so common in our society. By continuing to spread awareness — now and year-round — we can help spread hope, improve health and save lives.
Daniel J. Loepp is president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
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