Policy and Advocacy

Well Being Trust’s policy strategy and agenda focuses on increasing affordable access to care. As an impact philanthropy dedicated to advancing the mental, social, spiritual health of the nation,  we believe we have an opportunity to make a positive impact through policy.

Healing the Nation: Advancing Mental Health and Addiction Policy

Our focus on policy and advocacy includes supporting, developing, and leveraging key public policy and advocacy initiatives that will result in increased access to integrated, comprehensive mental health services. 

In 2020, Well Being Trust released Healing the Nation: Advancing Mental Health and Addiction Policy, a  policy action guide, featuring actionable solutions to improve mental health and well-being.

The policy action guide, provides meaningful and actionable solutions to help advance mental health policy in this country. 

Included in Healing the Nation is a Framework focusing on multiple angles for engagement with a specific emphasis on five main entry points for policy:

Health Systems

Integrate mental health care where people seek physical care

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Judicial System

Avenues to aid those with mental health concerns

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Education System

Childhood is a critical time to improve mental health

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Workplace & Unemployment

Maximize mental health outcomes across situations

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Whole Community

Concrete steps to span sectors

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Well Being Trust is the biggest foundation focused on—like its name—the well-being of Americans. They have just gotten started and their primary focus is [mental health and parity]. We are blessed to have Well Being Trust jump into this space right now at such a critical juncture for this movement. And, I thank Tyler and Ben and all those at Well Being Trust…”

Patrick J. Kennedy, former U.S. Representative (D-R.I.) and former member of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis

Policy Reports

Pain in the Nation: the latest in a series of reports tracking the nation’s deaths of despair crisis produced by Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust. 

Bipartisan Policy Center: This examines the major barriers to integrating clinical health care and mental health services in the United States, including insurance coverage and payment disparities, workforce shortages, and administrative challenges. 

State & Local Policy Reports

Youth & Young Adult-focused Policy Reports