Mental Health and Substance Abuse Benefits

Companion Benefit Alternatives, Inc. (CBA) is an independent company that manages behavioral health and substance abuse benefits for most of our members and their dependents on behalf of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina. (Please note: Employers can choose another organization to manage these benefits.)

CBA offers confidential guidance in getting referrals to outpatient professionals for diagnosis and treatment of sensitive behavioral health problems, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Substance abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • And more

CBA has more than a decade of experience in clinical and behavioral health benefits management. The staff includes board-certified psychiatrists, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses, social workers and professional counselors, with a wide variety of clinical backgrounds.

In 2005, South Carolina passed a mental health parity law. We are using our experience with that law to approach the federal parity law. In addition to the mental health benefits required by the South Carolina law, we are adding coverage for substance use disorders and additional clinical disorders.
The federal mental health parity law makes strong utilization management of mental health and substance use benefits more important than ever. We have the experience to help you navigate this terrain.

How Can CBA Help?

CBA can help make referrals to network health care professionals. Members can get a higher level of coverage from a network provider than from someone outside the network.

The network has professionals within the state of South Carolina and across the country. It features board-certified psychiatrists and addictionologists. It also has licensed psychologists, social workers and professional counselors. All these health care professionals will file claims and get precertifications from CBA for your treatment.

CBA requires network professionals follow the credentialing standards from the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA). This independent, not-for-profit organization is dedicated to assessing and reporting on the quality of managed care plans.

If you have contracted for an employee assistance program (EAP), CBA will try to coordinate with that program for ongoing treatment for a behavioral health problem.

If members have questions, please call 800-868-1032. A member or his or her physician can call to get a referral.

To locate an in-network provider, search our provider directory.  Make sure you enter the first three letters of your Member ID before starting your search.

For more information, please contact your benefits consultant or your BlueCross marketing representative today.