Jonas Thom leads the corporate behavioral health approach for CareSource as Vice President, Behavioral Health. Jonas has more than 25 years of community behavioral health experience as a clinician, policy consultant and senior executive for public health and managed care organizations. He is a highly visible and collaborative leader committed to improving access to behavioral health treatment for all individuals.
In his role at CareSource, Jonas leads initiatives to address the opioid epidemic through strategies that include decreasing opiate prescribing, increasing the quality and quantity of substance use disorder providers within the CareSource network, improving the member experience and targeting individuals in the criminal justice system with new programs. During his tenure, opiate prescriptions for CareSource members have decreased by nearly 40% and the network of providers has nearly tripled in size. Jonas has also been instrumental in the implementation of programs to address the needs of individuals leaving the criminal justice system with the goal of reducing recidivism and improving access to recovery support.
Jonas and other CareSource executives continue to collaborate with state and federal legislators to advocate for policies and programs to maintain or improve access to behavioral health care. The company takes its responsibility to address the opioid epidemic seriously, and is committed to partnering with governments, nonprofit organizations and health care providers to combat addiction.