Navigating Mental Health in Today’s Workforce: A LEARN Behavioral Perspective

In our rapidly evolving world, the nature of work has transformed dramatically. In the past few years, prioritizing mental health and destigmatizing conversations around support have brought about progress. This shift has brought to light the critical issue of mental health in the workplace, particularly for those in high-stress professions like ours at LEARN Behavioral.

As Chief Human Resources Officer at LEARN, I’ve seen firsthand the emotional and physical toll this noble profession can take on our staff, including behavioral analysts, clinicians, behavior technicians, and our invaluable staff in roles across the company.

The Rise of Workplace Burnout

Research indicates that workplace burnout is becoming increasingly prevalent across various sectors, marked by symptoms such as emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a diminished sense of personal accomplishment.

For those in the behavioral health field, these challenges are compounded by the emotionally charged nature of our work, making it imperative for organizations like ours to prioritize the mental well-being of our team.

Understanding the Impact

Burnout not only affects the individual experiencing it but also has a ripple effect, impacting their colleagues, the quality of care provided, and ultimately, the families we serve.

Symptoms can include chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, and a decrease in job performance, which can lead to higher turnover rates and a reduction in overall workplace morale.

LEARN’s Proactive Approach to Mental Health

At LEARN Behavioral, we recognize the importance of addressing these challenges head-on. We have several key resources aimed at supporting our staff’s mental health and well-being:

  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): Our EAP provides confidential assessments, short-term counseling, referrals, and follow-up services to help employees manage both personal and work-related problems.
  • Caregiving Network: Understanding the demands of caregiving in the midst of a growing shortage of childcare, we offer access to resources for finding caregivers through Care.com for children, adults, or pets, easing one aspect of our employees’ lives.
  • 24/7 Therapy Services: Through partnerships with platforms like Talkspace, our team has access to dedicated therapists any time, anywhere, making sure they have the support they need when they need it.
  • Library of Well-Being Videos: Our collection of videos from UnitedHealthcare covers more than 70 health-related topics, providing valuable information on everything from mental health to physical wellness.
  • Self-Care App: The AbleTo app connects our staff with coaches and offers self-care resources and strategies, helping them manage the demands of life more effectively.

A Human Resources Perspective

From a human resources standpoint, investing in these resources is not just about enhancing productivity. It’s about valuing our employees as individuals with unique needs and challenge—just as we do our clients. It’s a testament to our commitment to creating a supportive, compassionate work environment where everyone feels empowered to seek help and take care of their mental health.

As we navigate the complexities of today’s workforce, it’s clear that mental health must be a priority. At LEARN Behavioral, we’re proud to be at the forefront of this effort, offering our team the support and resources they need to thrive, both professionally and personally.

By acknowledging the challenges and taking proactive steps to address them, we’re fostering a culture of well-being that benefits not only our employees but the families we serve.

For those in the behavioral health sector experiencing burnout or mental health challenges, remember, you’re not alone. Resources are available, and it’s OK to seek help.

The Maryland Autism Waiver Program: What to Expect

If you’re a Maryland parent of a child with autism, you may be familiar with the state’s Autism Waiver program. The program provides therapy and support to people with autism at home and in the community. It promotes independent living skills and overall well-being.

For years, the program has had a long waitlist. The “End the Wait Act,” a new law, will change that by cutting the waitlist for autism services in half.

That’s where Trellis comes in. We’re a full-service provider that covers everything to do with autism services. We started as an autism waiver provider in 2001 and have grown to be the largest provider in Maryland today.

We provide services for more than 170 families across 10 counties. And our roster of about 250 employees is growing to meet the demand.

Understanding the Waiting List for the Maryland Autism Waiver Program

Maryland created the Autism Waiver waiting list to prioritize families who needed services the most. The registry has grown to almost 7,000 kids.

You may be among the thousands of families eagerly waiting for your turn to receive services. Being on the waiting list does not imply a lack of eligibility or importance. But it does signify the high demand for these services and the need for careful allocation.

The “End the Wait” legislation should speed up the approval process. You will receive a letter from the state saying when you can leave the waitlist and apply for services. Once you have met the eligibility criteria, your child will be able to begin accessing services.

Hope on the Horizon: Senate Bill 636

While the wait can be frustrating, it’s crucial to remain patient and persistent. The “End the Wait Act” (Senate Bill 636) offers hope. It signals a commitment from the state to reduce the waiting list for services by 50 percent.

As a parent, it’s natural to feel frustrated and anxious while waiting for your child to receive the autism waiver services. Staying informed can help you navigate this waiting period with resilience and hope, though. Remember, you are doing your best to care for your child. The Autism Waiver program is here to assist you, and Trellis can help you through it. Together, we can help make your transition to our services easier.