Carenodes, a Healthcare Infrastructure Developer, Wins Two Best in Class Awards From Health Net and ComPsych for its Pandemic Response

Jan 25, 2021 (AB Digital via COMTEX) — Los Angeles, CA – ComPsych® revealed the 2020 winners for its 16th-annual Health at Work Awards. This award honors organizations that assist employees with outstanding wellness systems.  Carenodes was named as the winner of the best-in-class gold award for organizations with less than 100 employees.

In an unprecedented year, Carenodes has created jobs where others have, unfortunately lost jobs. Carenodes has not only grown its team substantially, but it has led through these trying times with award winning performance. 

Carenodes has done so by implementing a community-based approach to workforce development, wellness, and resilience. Alex Yarijanian, CEO of Carenodes, stated, “All employers and companies had to make sudden and immediate changes to adapt to the pandemic. Carenodes took the approach of deploying forces to provide business administration support to critical Healthcare provider organizations”. Carenodes partnered with its provider network to help implement administrative supports and workforce development, wellness, and resilience across various sectors of healthcare. 

Here are some of the ways Carenodes and its provider network collaborated to scale workplace innovation in wellness:

  • Overnight attainment of grant funding for a new model of remote staff decentralization, management, and engagement.
  • Wholistic suicide prevention programs to include staff training, patient engagement, and supports.
  • Collocation of emergency department and acute-center behavioral health support for patients, healthcare providers, and caregivers.

“…these outstanding organizations for making employee health and wellness top priorities, especially during these difficult times. Given the current climate, employee well-being is more important than ever, and I applaud the exceptional efforts of these companies.”

Dr. Richard Chaifetz, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych,

Earlier in 2020, carenodes secured a Health Net grant proposal for its behavioral health provider network to expand its virtual healthcare delivery capacity and accessibility. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Carenodes Behavioral, in collaboration with Insight Choices, was awarded $125,000 to rapidly expand its telehealth infrastructure.

The grant was used to help Carenodes Behavioral Health networks launch new telehealth technologies to increase prevention and intervention efforts for patients with mental health conditions.

Furthermore, the availability of funding has enabled the provision of crisis intervention services, mental and substance use disorder treatment, crisis counseling, and other related supportive services for communities impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Providing increased access to care during this unprecedented time is critical to ensuring our most vulnerable populations stay healthy and safe. The amount of difficult news, confusion and tragedy surrounding all of us in a short period of time can feel insurmountable. Reaching out for help is incredibly important and telehealth is key to ensuring access to care is not interrupted.”

Brian Ternan, President and CEO, Health Net of and California Health & Wellness.

Recognizing the urgency of the situation, Carenodes saw the need to increase its telehealth offering to benefit its patients who are coping with increased anxiety, deep depression and unfortunately, suicidal ideation. The organization also saw an increased need to provide mental health services for health care workers on the frontline of the pandemic.

“Our nation’s health care providers are under incredible, and still increasing, strain as they fight the pandemic. Insight Choices plan for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program is a critical tool to address this national emergency — starting in California and the counties we serve with a focus on mental health care and emotional wellbeing. This grant will provide Insight Choices, and the communities it serves, vital funding to assist in a more robust response to the mental health crisis exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic,”

Alex Yarijanian CEO of Carenodes and Interim COO of Insight Choices.

Carenodes will support infrastructure modernization efforts to include telecommunications services, information services and devices necessary to enable the provision of telehealth services during this emergency period and beyond. In addition, such capacity-building funds have the potential to substantially stimulate the deployment of innovative access to care models.


Carenodes is the delegated authority acting on behalf of providers troubled by the present multi-payer, disjointed, and cumbersome way healthcare has been, as an industry, running payer/provider operations. In partnership with providers (medical and non-medical, behavioral, primary, substance abuse, and others), it has developed community-wide coalition efforts geared towards addressing larger systemic health, infrastructure or social determinant issues with a large impact on health. 


ComPsych® Corporation is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs (EAP) and is the pioneer and worldwide leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR, FMLA and absence management services under its GuidanceResources® brand. ComPsych provides services to more than 53,000 organizations covering more than 118 million individuals throughout the U.S. and 170 countries. By creating “Build-to-Suit” programs, ComPsych helps employers attract and retain employees, increase employee productivity and improve overall health and well-being. 


Health Net believes every person deserves a safety net for their health, regardless of age, income, employment status or current state of health. Founded 40 years ago, we remain dedicated to transforming the health of our community, one person at a time. Today, Health Net’s 3,000 employees and 85,000 network providers serve more than 3 million members. That’s nearly 1 in 12 Californians. Health Net of California, Inc., Health Net Life Insurance Company and Health Net Community Solutions, Inc. These entities are wholly owned subsidiaries of Centene Corporation (NYSE: CNC), a Fortune 100 company providing health coverage to more than 20 million Americans.

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