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Employer Role in Employee Mental Health and Wellness

Employers are a driving force in the healthcare system, with nearly half of Americans receiving their benefits through employer-sponsored health plans. One in five adults experiences a mental illness in any given year, and high rates of depression, which can lead to disability and unemployment, and are common in the workplace. The need to increase employee retention while decreasing presenteeism and absenteeism provides employers with incentive to support employee mental health and wellness. Incorporating a healthy workplace culture, accessible insurance benefits, and the mental health and wellness programs are fundamental to fostering a workplace supportive of mental health.

Nationally recognized psychiatrists Dr. Ken Duckworth, Chief Medical Officer at NAMI, and Dr. Don Fowls, managed care expert and healthcare consultant, have worked with leading employers and employer groups across the country. In this exciting panel discussion, Dr. Ken Duckworth and Dr. Don Fowls will discuss the role of employers in the healthcare landscape as well as the impact and opportunities for employers on employee mental health and wellness.

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Ken Duckworth, MD
Chief Medical Officer, National Association for Mental Illness

Ken Duckworth’s journey into psychiatry started when he was a boy growing up with a dad who experienced severe bipolar disorder. His father was loving, kind and periodically quite ill, hospitalized for months at a time. Ken became a psychiatrist in part to help his father. He is very fortunate to serve as the medical director for NAMI and to be part of this remarkable community.

Along with his work at NAMI, Ken also works to improve care at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, volunteers and consults at an early psychosis clinic at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and teaches as an assistant clinical professor at Harvard University Medical School.

Ken is double-board certified in adult and child/adolescent psychiatry and has completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship. 

Don Fowls, MD
President, Don Fowls and Associates

Don Fowls, MD is a nationally known psychiatrist and health care consultant who works with organizations across the country, including health plans, employers, health systems and providers, to develop solutions for the many challenges they face today, including access to care, integration, value-based reimbursement, and strategic partnerships. He has also advised several start-up companies regarding strategic, product and business development. Dr. Fowls previously served as Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President of Business Development for Value Options and its parent company FHC Health Systems for eleven years. He also worked at Schaller Anderson Inc. as Executive Vice President, Business Development, and President and CEO of its behavioral health subsidiary. Dr. Fowls has served on several boards, including Chairman of the Board for Copa Health in AZ and is past President of the Arizona Psychiatric Society.

Tara McKinley, PharmD
Managed Market Liaison, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.


  • Ken Duckworth, MD

    Chief Medical Officer, National Association for Mental Illness

  • Don C. Fowls, MD

    Psychiatrist and Health Care Consultant

  • Tara McKinley, PharmD (OPDC)

    Managed Market Liaison

Dr. Duckworth is an employee of NAMI, which receives funding from Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. Dr. Fowls is a paid consultant of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc. Tara McKinley is an employee of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.

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