What does quality mean in mental health care? Dr. Alethea Varra will share what HR leaders can look for in 2022 to ensure members get access to quality care that works.
What does quality mean in mental health care? Has the way that companies evaluate benefit quality changed over the past two years? Workforce mental health is a hot topic and urgent need. But the mental health benefits landscape is crowded, and it can be hard to know how to pick one that delivers quality care that gets people better. In this session, Dr. Alethea Varra, PhD, sits down with Lyrians Carly Deer (previously a benefits leader at Target) and Jason Abrams, whose family has navigated the many obstacles to care, to break down why the clinical quality of your mental health benefit matters. As part of the discussion, Dr. Alethea Varra, PhD, will share what HR leaders can look for in 2022 to ensure members get access to quality care that works.
VP, Clinical Care,
Director Mental Health Strategy, Lyra Health
Senior Partnership Territory Director,
Dr. Alethea Varra is a licensed clinical psychologist and vice president of clinical care for Lyra Health. She serves as the senior clinical leader for therapy programs and is responsible for driving overall clinical strategy and oversight of clinical quality and training. Alethea received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and doctorate degree in clinical psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She completed her internship training at VA Puget Sound Healthcare System and a research fellowship at the Mental Illness Research and Education Center (MIRECC) in Seattle. She has over 15 years of experience in mental health and clinical operations. Her focus is on health care innovation and program development, and she is passionate about improving access to evidenced-based mental health care, especially for underserved populations.
Carly is the Director of Mental Health Strategy at Lyra Health, where she consults with key partners and alliances to ensure Lyra offerings best meet the needs of employers and their teams. She came to Lyra after 10 years at Target Corporation, where she was a Senior Benefits leader, heading up the mental health and onsite clinic strategies for Target's 400,000 team members. Carly has 20 years of healthcare and benefits experience. She earned her B.S. and Master's of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Jason Abrams is a Senior Director of Partnerships at Lyra Health, where he leads a team of Partnership Directors who work with our largest customers. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and daughter. Jason is also on the Board of Directors at the Berkeley Humane Society, a non-profit animal welfare organization serving the Northern California region.