United Way offering mental health prescription help
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:00 AM
VAN WERT — The United Way of Van Wert County has teamed up with community service partnership FamilyWize to combat nation’s mental health problems and help thousands in need of prescription assistance. Partnership with FamilyWize saves $23,811 for 314 people locally and provides access to mental health medication.
More than one in five U.S. adults suffers from mental health issues, while one in 10 young adults experience a period of significant depression, according to MentalHealth.gov. One in 20 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major depression.
FamilyWize and the United Way have helped nearly 7 million people nationwide save close to $700 million on the medicines they need to live healthy lives, including $197 million in mental health prescription cost savings. Almost 1,000 United Ways across the country distribute the cards in the communities they serve.
“Prescription medicine is crucial for maintaining mental health, but the high costs often act as a barrier,” said Deb Russell, executive director of United Way of Van Wert County. “We’re living in tight economic times. People should not have to choose between taking their medication and paying for a meal. The FamilyWize prescription savings program can make the difference in whether or not a patient obtains the proper medicine and follows proper treatment.”
With increasing efforts to effectively address mental health in communities across the country, United Way of Van Wert County and the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership have teamed together to provide a solution for the community. Local residents have saved $9,620 on mental health prescription medications they might not have been able to afford otherwise, thanks to a partnership between the two organizations.
Non-adherence to antipsychotics is likely the single-biggest factor “contributing to psychotic relapse and hospitalization,” according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. And the average rate of non-adherence is about 50 percent, according to the Journal of Clinical Psycopharmacology.
As the only prescription assistance service of its kind to pass through 100 percent of its savings directly to its members, FamilyWize brings together millions of uninsured and underinsured individuals and families into one umbrella-buying group to negotiate these discounts.
The average discount is 40 percent and is sometimes as much as 75 percent or more — similar to what pharmacies give the largest insurance companies and employers. Since 2005, FamilyWize has helped nearly 7 million people get medicine they otherwise could not afford, which accounts for close to $700 million in direct savings on prescriptions.
The FamilyWize-United Way Card requires no enrollment or activation. Consumers give the card to their pharmacists every time a prescription is needed and discounts are automatically applied. The FamilyWize card is accepted at more than 60,000 pharmacies nationwide, including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kmart, Target and Walmart. For more information, or to download a free prescription card or compare the discounted price of prescriptions at nearby pharmacies visit www.FamilyWize.org.
FamilyWize, a unique national grassroots community initiative offering free prescription assistance to millions of Americans in partnership with United Way of Van Wert County, is dedicated to reducing the cost of prescription medicine for individuals and families through distribution of free prescription savings cards. The FamilyWize cards may be used by anyone in need and are provided free through United Way of Van Wert County.
“Mental health is a key component in overall health and wellbeing, and we’re happy to see some many people able to get the help they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford, said Susan Gilmore, FamilyWize’s Executive Director of Community Engagements.”