About the Sponsors

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This year's lead sponsor is the National Behavioral Health Innovation Center (NBHIC), a center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus with a commitment to identify and implement behavioral health solutions, make connections to national experts, and provide resources to build connections among community leaders.  The center will harness behavioral health assets to help implement innovative programs for businesses, schools, courts, health care facilities, and anywhere else they're needed. This initiative is made possible with a $10 million, five-year commitment from the Anschutz Foundation.

This year's co-sponsor is Genoa, a QoL Healthcare Company. Genoa is the leading pharmacy and telepsychiatry provider serving the behavioral health and addiction treatment community for over 15 years. Genoa's pharmacy and telepsychiatry services impact more than 500,000 individuals annually in 43 states and the District of Columbia. They have a strong network of more than 330 pharmacies that fills over 10 million prescriptions annually.

About the Case

For several years mental illness and substance abuse have annually cost American employers an estimated $80 to $100 billion in indirect costs related to expenses incurred from the cessation or reduction of work productivity. Current (2015) data suggests that in the United States the total annual economic impact related to mental illness and addiction disorders is in excess of $300 billion. Of this amount, approximately 45% is attributable to direct costs associated with medical resource utilization, 5% to suicide-related costs, and 50% to workplace-related costs. Untreated mental illness and addiction also exacerbate a range of physical illnesses resulting in additional health care costs. 

This year's case will challenge participants to find viable business solutions to the problem of mental illness and substance abuse in the workplace.  Teams will need to propose solutions to the case challenge, a plan to implement their proposed solution, and financial analysis to support their proposal.

The first round case was released to teams via e-mail on 11/20.