GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services has reached an agreement with Cherry Health to provide employee counseling, financial and legal services to about 150 businesses, churches or schools that were previously accessing the services through Cherry Health.
Pine Rest announced the agreement Wednesday, March 22.
In a news release issued by Pine Rest, the Gaines Township-based behavioral health provider said its “expanded service offerings” would benefit Cherry Health’s former clients while “allowing Cherry Health to focus its resources on its core healthcare lines of business.”
Jean Holthaus is director of Pine Rest’s Employee Assistance Program.
She said the change brought the number of businesses, churches or schools enrolled in the program to over 550.
The program provides employees with three to seven in-person or virtual appointments with a behavioral health care worker, as well as access to a 24-7 behavioral health hotline. Legal, financial and elder care consultations are also available.
The plans, depending on the type of plan and employer, cost between $10 to $27 per employee, Holthaus said.
“Pine Rest is based right here in West Michigan. We care deeply about this community,” she said in a news release.
“We want to help keep the workforce healthy, prevent crises before they occur, and drive behavioral health care costs down for as many Michigan employees as possible. We aren’t just caring for clients or employees of companies that contract with us, we are improving the lives of people in our community – our friends, neighbors, and families. We also know that as we help employees thrive, we are helping local businesses grow and succeed.”
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