BeMe Health Launches Teen Mental Health Partnership with Sentara Health Plans

May 9, 2024 9:22 AM EDT

BeMe Health and Sentara Health Plans unite to empower 20,000 teens with app-based behavioral health support

HAMPTON ROADS, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sentara Health Plans and BeMe Health (BeMe) have teamed up to provide more than 20,000 teenage Medicaid health plan members with access to BeMe's digital behavioral health platform.

This platform is specifically designed for teens and offers secure access to tailored mental health content, skill-building activities, and one-on-one coaching. Additionally, it connects teens to clinical services and provides 24/7 crisis support.

“We are excited to partner with BeMe Health and offer this much-needed mental health resource to our teen Sentara Health Plans members,” said Dr. Kristyn Greifer, Chief Medical Officer, Sentara Health Plans. “Allowing us to meet our members where they are and supporting a traditionally difficult-to-reach population is a tremendous step forward as we strive to improve mental health access for all.”

In a recent evaluation published with Stanford University involving more than 13,000 teens across the U.S., 84% of teens reported that BeMe helps with self-esteem, 90% of teens found BeMe content helpful, and 84% of teens found BeMe coaching helpful. In a follow-up pilot evaluation with more than 400 teens using the BeMe platform, teens using BeMe reported a 20% reduction in positive screens for moderate or severe anxiety in just seven days. There was also an 11% reduction in teens screening positive for moderate or severe depression, as well as significant improvements in hope and use of coping skills.

“Partnerships are critical vehicles for BeMe as we tackle some of the most prevalent mental and social challenges facing today’s teens,” said Nicki Tessler, PsyD, MBA, CEO and Co-Founder of BeMe Health. “This fantastic collaboration with Sentara Health Plans represents a significant step forward in supporting the mental health of Virginia’s youth.”

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About BeMe Health

BeMe Health is a digital behavioral health company dedicated to delivering mental health interventions tailored specifically for teens. The BeMe platform provides anytime, anywhere access to engaging content, mood reflection, and skill-building activities, as well as 1:1 coaching and connections to clinical services and 24/7 crisis support when needed. BeMe was built for and by teens, with an active Teen Advisory Board ensuring the platform aligns with their lives, and its clinically validated approach uniquely meets teens where they are — on their phones — in a safe, secure, and fun environment. BeMe works with health plans, employers, and community organizations to provide a digital-first approach to interventional teen mental health. To learn more, please visit or find us on LinkedIn.

About Sentara Health

Sentara, an integrated, not-for-profit health care delivery system, celebrates 135 years in pursuit of its mission — “we improve health every day.” Sentara is one of the largest health systems in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, and among the top 20 largest not-for-profit integrated health systems in the country, with 30,000 employees, 12 hospitals in Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina, and the Sentara Health Plans division which serves more than 1.2 million members in Virginia and Florida. Sentara is recognized nationally for clinical quality and safety and is strategically focused on innovation and creating an extraordinary health care experience for our patients and members. Sentara was named to IBM Watson Health’s “Top 15 Health Systems” (2021, 2018), and was recognized by Forbes as a "Best Employer for New Grads” (2022), “Best Employer for Veterans” (2022), and “Best Employer for Women” (2020).

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Source: BeMe Health

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