Advisors, trustees, and family offices often struggle with how best to help clients with mental health problems and substance use disorders. It can be challenging to identify the signs and symptoms and, once identified; it’s hard to know how best to intervene. Many advisors question whether it is their place to get involved at all.
OPG helps advisors formulate a plan of action they can take to help stem the destructive cycle of behavioral health problems, in their clientele. Our Wealth Advisor and Trustee Services help professionals recognize problematic behavioral health issues. We collaborate with advisors to design and implement customized interventions, helping clients to get back on the path towards a healthy life.
Wealth Advisor and Trustee areas of focus:
- Recognizing the signs of problematic behavioral health issues
- Facilitating and aiding in communication between financial service providers and involved parties
- Consulting on and implementing effective interventions to combat problematic behavioral health issues
- Offering care coordination among financial advisors and clinical providers
- Consulting on and implementing transitional plans between different phases of treatment (e.g., returning home from residential treatment).
- Assessing the impact on the emotional well-being of the advisor
Possible services include:
- Psycho-education about addiction, eating disorders, mood and personality disorders, or other mental health issues for the advisor, trustee, or client
- Strategies for setting boundaries/using therapeutic leverage to encourage behavior change
- Tracking engagement of the client in treatment and reporting treatment progress to other involved professionals
- Assistance in managing crisis situations (e.g., relapse) with after-hours support
- Facilitating communication within the family, business, or advisor system
- Assistance with problem-solving when approaching high-risk situations (e.g., family/ social events, holidays, returning to work/school)
- Developing strategies for resource allocation for a person with behavioral health problems (e.g., advising on governance language for trust documents)
- Development of employer or advisor behavior contracts, with clear expectations for all parties
- Guidance for trustees or advisors about a range of topics, including starting difficult conversations, developing realistic return-to-work expectations, or managing someone with a behavioral health issue