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Providence St. Joseph Health and Well Being Trust Support Life-Changing Mental Health Initiatives across California with $10 Million in Grants


July 27, 2017, Oakland, CA and Renton, WAProvidence St. Joseph Health, a faith-based not-for-profit parent organization to a diverse family of 50 hospitals, 829 clinics and hundreds of programs and services offered across the Western United States, and Well Being Trust, a new national foundation focused on innovation and improvement for mental health and wellness outcomes in the U.S, jointly announce the first round of $10 million in grants and contracts to mental health and wellness initiatives that will help vulnerable Californians. Selected initiatives are far-reaching, supporting preschoolers to seniors, the homeless and those struggling with addiction.

When Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health came together last year, the new organization promised to transform the way care is delivered and address the greatest health needs in its communities – especially for the neediest patients facing the greatest risk. For Providence St. Joseph Health, the grants help actualize the organization’s mission to serve the health care needs of its communities and a commitment made in 2016 to address California’s mental health needs. Providence St. Joseph Health has committed $30 million in total to mental health and wellness across the state, with the initial $10 million signifying the first round of grants fulfilling the promise.

“These are the types of efforts that are life-changing,” says Kevin Klockenga, executive vice president of the Providence St. Joseph Health, Northern California Region. “We are dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of the people in our Northern California communities, and these grants will allow us to reach more of our most vulnerable individuals, especially those who have both mental health needs and social needs like food insecurity and homelessness.”

PSJH’s partner in administering the grants is Well Being Trust, which was formed when the health system made a $100 million commitment to mental health across the entire service area. Well Being Trust is dedicated to advancing mental, social and spiritual health in the nation and partners with other health systems and philanthropies to identify and implement strategies that: address critical mental health challenges; promote resilience in children, teens and families; and lead to human and community well-being. Part of Providence’s $30 million California commitment will continue to support the Trust’s efforts in the state, which focus on creating a data and technology platform, monitoring and evaluation, communications and engagement and community and coalition building.

“Nearly one in six Californians live with mental health challenges, and we know that roughly half of adults and two-thirds of children are not receiving the care they need. That burdens families across the community and the state,” said Tyler Norris, MDiv, chief executive, Well Being Trust. “Significant gaps remain and, through these early grants, we are working with our partners to bridge these gaps to provide for California’s most vulnerable populations facing mental health, substance use and related challenges.”

In selecting the California slate of grants, Well Being Trust worked with Providence St. Joseph Health and community partners to identify the most significant areas of need and the programs that would have the greatest impact. The first round of grants is, in part, focused on new and existing Providence St. Joseph Health programs that are working in communities across the state to address health and wellness challenges such as mental health, addiction and homelessness. Initiatives in Northern California include:

Northern California

  • Committee on the Shelterless - Sonoma County Coordinated Health, Wellness, and Housing Initiative - The grant will support a pilot program serving nearly 1,000 people who are homeless, many of whom struggle with mental health and or substance use disorders. Services provided include assessments, stabilization, necessary health and preparation for placement into permanent supportive housing.
  • Addressing Mental Health, Addictions and Homelessness - In collaboration with Napa County Health and Human Services and other partners, the program will expand tele-psychiatry available in the emergency department and hospital, add CARE Network staff to facilitate access to mental health and substance abuse interventions, and establish new mental health crisis stabilization services, detoxification services, respite care and housing.
  • Sonoma County Whole Person Care Strategy – This initiative will address the needs of Medi-Cal patients who are homeless and/or at risk of homelessness, have a mental health needs; have other co-occurring health conditions; are high users of emergency services and currently receive services from multiple agencies. The grant will fund the ThinkSmart digital transaction management system, which helps integrate integrated service delivery across multiple organizations throughout Sonoma County. This program is administered by the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation.
  • Humboldt County Mental Health and Wellness Initiative - This initiative will address the issue of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse by: (1) creating Waterfront Recovery Services, the first and only dual-diagnosis, medical detoxification and residential treatment facility in the county; and (2) establishing Humboldt ACH, a rural Accountable Community for Health. This program is administered by St. Joseph Health’s Humboldt County Mental Health and Wellness Initiative (HCMHWI).

For a complete list of programs across California that will be supported by these grants, click here.

About Providence St. Joseph Health

Providence St. Joseph Health is committed to improving the health of the communities it serves, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. With 50 hospitals, 829 physician clinics, senior services, supportive housing and many other health and educational services, the health system and its partners employ more than 111,000 caregivers (employees) serving communities across seven states – Alaska, California, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Formed in 2016, the Providence St. Joseph Health family includes the founding organizations, and in: Texas, Covenant Health and Covenant Medical Group; California, Facey Medical Group, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare; Washington, Kadlec Regional Medical Center, Pacific Medical Centers and Swedish Health Services.

About Well Being Trust

Founded in late 2016 with a $100 million endowment from Providence St. Joseph Health, Well Being Trust is a national foundation dedicated to advancing mental, social and spiritual health. Created to

include participation from organizations across sectors and perspectives, Well Being Trust is committed to innovating and addressing the most critical mental health challenges facing America, and transforming individual and community wellness.

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