About Us

What We Do 

The journey to recovery can be a hard one. We help make it easier, by helping you understand all your options. We help find the right resources for each member. We also contract with an extensive network of providers who specialize in mental health and substance abuse treatment.

We are dedicated to helping you make the most of your behavioral health benefits. More than 2.4 million members around the country choose CBA as their guide. Our goal is to provide choices that make a difference in the health and well-being of the lives we touch.

    Our Customers

    • BlueChoice® HealthPlan

    • BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina and its national Blue partners

    • Federal Employee Program

    • Planned Administrators, Inc.

    Our History

    In 1992, South Carolina’s largest health insurer launched a company to administer benefits for substance abuse and mental health treatment. That subsidiary was Companion Benefit Alternatives, also known as CBA.

    We help people navigate the journey to better health.

    With every passing year, there are more treatments available for people who are addicted to drugs or who suffer from mental illness. More and more, employers realize the importance of offering behavioral benefits for their employees. More benefits also bring higher costs … and confusion.

    Administration of these benefits can be very confusing for patients, providers and companies to understand. CBA specializes in untangling the maze of recovery.

      In January 2006, the National Behavioral Consortium (NBC) invited us to join as an affiliate member. Our membership gives us access to great resources. We network with other members, sharing ideas and learning about the latest industry trends. We learn about our industry's best practices and quality improvement activities.

      We also benefit from the experiences of other Managed Behavioral Health Organizations (MBHOs). This helps us provide quality care for our customers. 

      BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

      Our Team

      CBA has an excellent team of professionals ready to serve you. Our team includes:

      • Licensed Psychiatrists
      • Registered Nurses
      • Licensed Masters’ Prepared Social Workers
      • Licensed Counselors
      • Certified Addictions Counselors
      • Behavioral Health Technicians

      We also have the experience to back up our titles. All licensed clinical staff members have worked in a behavioral health facility, outpatient treatment center or provider's office.

      We average more than 11 years of behavioral health experience. This means we have first-hand knowledge of behavioral health care delivery. This is another benefit you enjoy when you choose CBA.

      Our Mission

      Companion Benefit Alternatives, Inc. is dedicated to helping people maximize the value of their behavioral health benefits, thus promoting optimal behavioral health care outcomes in a cost efficient manner.

      We are committed to constantly improving the quality of our communications with individuals, families and clinicians, while respecting the individual’s privacy and maintaining confidentiality.

      CBA strives to create a working environment that encourages responsibility, innovation, integrity and teamwork.