The first round of grants awarded as part of a $30 million commitment to mental health and wellness in the state will support a wide range of populations, from preschoolers and seniors to the homeless and those struggling with addiction. Grant recipients include the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), which will use the funds to launch a pilot program serving nearly a thousand homeless people in Sonoma County, many of whom struggle with mental health and/or substance-use disorders; a school-based initiative that will equip teachers, parents, and high school students in the Anaheim Union High School District with the tools to address mental health issues, including train-the-trainer and peer-to-peer models; and a safety-net-integration program at Providence Holy Cross, Mission Hills aimed at strengthening the support system for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in the San Fernando Valley.
Created in 2016 when Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health merged, the Well Being Trust is focused on innovation and improvement for mental health and wellness outcomes in the United States. In California, the trust's efforts will be focused 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 Well Being Trust CEO Tyler Norris. "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."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Providence St. Joseph Health website.