United Healthcare and Optum donate $50,000 to the Florida Behavioral Health Association for Hurricane Ian recovery

UnitedHealthcare and Optum, companies of the United Healthcare Group, donated $50,000 to the Florida Behavioral Health Association (FBHA) to assist group members recover from Hurricane Ian.

The FBHA is Florida’s largest trade association representing community treatment providers.

The grant will help members in Southwest Florida, the hardest hit area by Hurricane Ian, rebuild and recover from the storm’s effects. United Healthcare continues to serve customers in the region.

Six FBHA members with more than 500 employees were directly affected by the hurricane in Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties.

“Our behavioral medicine agencies suffered physical damage to buildings, days of power outages, fuel outages, generator failures, and devastatingly, employees even lost family members. Despite these difficulties at work and at home, our employees came into work every day, spent hours walking around the neighborhood to check on their customers, and never said ‘no’ when asked for help,” said President and CEO of FBHA Melanie Brown-Woofter said. “The money that UnitedHealthcare and Optum have generously donated will help our members get back on their feet so they can continue to help the community heal.”

Added CEO of United Healthcare Community Plan of Florida Michael Lawton: “UnitedHealthcare and our partners at Optum are committed to supporting the recovery and well-being of those in Florida affected by such a catastrophic storm and to ensuring continued access to quality healthcare in their local communities.”

The Grant ads to a $1 million donation by the United Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of UnitedHealth Group, to help Floridians recover from the storm.

“We are honored to partner with UnitedHealthcare to help Florida’s behavioral health community recover from storm damage so affected providers and employees can continue to provide critical behavioral health services to those who need them,” Senior Vice President, Government Solutions and Business Development for Optum Behavioral Health Solutions Lori Halpern said.

UnitedHealthcare and Optum serve millions of Florida residents through their benefits and healthcare services businesses.

Floridians who need help can take advantage of a variety of support resources, including toll-free FBHA members guides. The state of Florida emergency number is 1-800-342-3557. Also First Lady Casey DeSantis prepared in conjunction with the Florida Department of Children and Families Family Support Line Connecting individuals struggling in the wake of Hurricane Ian with Floridians who survived Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle in 2018. That number is (888) 850-7935.


Optum’s toll-free emotional support line, 1-866-447-3573, is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET. The service is free and open to everyone. Callers can also get referrals to community resources. In addition to the toll-free hotline, emotional support resources and information are available online at www.liveandworkwell.com.

That Centers for Disease Control also offers tips on self-care after a traumatic event. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Emergency number for disasters is 1-800-985-5990.

FBHA is a not-for-profit organization that is a leader in behavioral health policy and practice nationwide. FBHA supports affiliates that provide services to people who need help and support with mental illness and addictions. Its membership includes a wide range of provider types, ranging from small specialty organizations to comprehensive treatment organizations with multiple locations within a geographic region.

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