CareSource invests in the online mental health community and

DAYTON, Ohio, Feb. 07 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CareSource, a nationally recognized nonprofit health plan, announced a sponsorship deal with, LLC to support the growth of an app aimed at improving mental health. teenagers. The announcement was made by Joshua Boynton, Senior Vice President, Complex Health Policy for CareSource.

“School-age children face more mental health issues than ever before,” Boynton said. “The COVID pandemic has increased stress, anxiety and depression for our families and young people. CareSource is committed to building the resilience of our communities by ensuring youth and educators have the tools to transform our schools into centers for positive mental health. We are thrilled to partner with to support positive relationships and build the communities young people need to live happy, healthy lives. was launched by parent company Ascend Innovations, a Dayton-based technology company focused on creating data-driven products and solutions for community health organizations. Founded in 2015 by a progressive group of Dayton hospitals who believe in the impact of shared knowledge, Ascend provides data-driven, social impact products and services that help organizations solve complex community health problems.

“We are extremely excited about the strategic relationship we are forging with CareSource,” said Josh Gratsch, President and COO, Ascend Innovations. “Not only does this align with who Ascend is as a company from a mission and values ​​perspective, but it also supports our long-term vision of building and scaling technology in the world. community health space. We truly believe this collaboration will produce impactful results, and we’re ready to scale as the first of many collective efforts with the CareSource team. is an online community that promotes resilience by providing a safe space for teens to share their mental health stories and access mental health resources. Launched in April 2021, the pilot project reached 18,000 students at more than 30 schools in Dayton, Ohio. Last fall, partnered with Central Ohio Educational Service Center to serve students in Franklin County.

“We are thrilled to give our students access to a platform where they can share uplifting, honest, real-life stories that help reduce the stigma around mental health topics that all high school students will experience in one way or another. We’re also thrilled that they have access to a resource guide where, if they feel comfortable doing so, they can find support when they need it most,” said said Tyler Alexander, principal of Kettering Fairmont High School, one of the pilot schools.

“As social workers and therapists, we strive to provide opportunities for growth and support for people in crisis,” said Dr. Jarhal Duncan, executive director of “We are thrilled that is enabling positive change in the communities that CareSource serves.”

In addition to its financial investment, CareSource will also serve as a strategic contributor to Boynton will serve as an advisor to the Board of Directors and Tia Marcel Moretti, AVP, Behavioral Health Integration at CareSource, will serve on the Clinical Advisory Board.

About CareSource

CareSource is a nonprofit, multi-state health plan recognized as a national leader in managed care. Founded in 1989, CareSource operates one of the nation’s largest Medicaid managed care plans and provides lifetime access to care through health insurance, including Medicaid, Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare Advantage, and programs at dual eligibility. Based in Dayton, Ohio, CareSource serves more than 2 million members in Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. CareSource is also a partner of CareSource PASSE, which serves Arkansans with complex behavioral health and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. CareSource understands the challenges consumers face navigating the healthcare system and is transforming healthcare with cutting-edge programs that improve the health and well-being of our members.

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About is a social-emotional learning (SEL) program and digital community that helps teens reach their full potential by developing resilience and mental health strategies. creates an environment for students to learn and grow by providing a safe space for teens to connect through shared experiences and stories. The program offers a full suite of services for schools, including a comprehensive directory of community resources, an online community, and SEL programming. To learn more, visit

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