View our tools, guides, solutions sets, and products developed alongside our partners to accelerate progress toward excellence in mental health and well being.
A Framework for Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care
A framework developed by the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center and Practice Innovation Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in partnership with Well Being Trust
Targeting Addiction Structural Stigma Embodies in Law
TASSEL is a legal epidemiological study piloted to evaluate California law at the local and state level to better understand structural stigma embodied in law as it relates to addiction stigma.
July of 2022 will officially introduce 988: a new telephone number people in our communities, states, and nation will be able to call or text when a crisis arises. However, like many changes for mental health and substance use disorders, if there is no comprehensive plan that outlines needed elements for a thorough and effective response, we run the risk of losing this precious opportunity to do better for everyone. This document provides a clear blueprint for building the continuum of care we need for a functioning crisis response system
Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Urgent need to address mental health effects of climate change
The American Psychological Association and ecoAmerica are pleased to present Mental Health and Our Changing Climate, a report that chronicles the impacts of climate change on Americans’ mental health and psychological well-being and provides guidance and resources to act and advocate. The report builds on the celebrated 2017 edition to include the latest research and expanded sections on populations disproportionately impacted, climate anxiety, and a spectrum of solutions.
First-of-Its-Kind Toolkit Offers Strategies and Tools for Strengthening Patient-Centered Addiction Care in the U.S.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and Well Being Trust today unveiled a new resource designed to assist states looking to establish a strong, consistent framework, such as The ASAM Criteria®, for patient-centered, evidence-based addiction care. By helping providers, payers, and patients “speak the same language” when it comes to addiction care, this first-of-its-kind toolkit will facilitate continuity and consistency in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment delivery and coverage.
Behavioral Health Transformation Guides
Providence and Well Being Trust recently released three new behavioral health transformation guides. The guides were developed to help ease the way of health care leaders striving to integrate best practices in behavioral health within the Providence family of organization and beyond.
The three playbooks include:The Emergency Department & Upstream Playbook – Standardizing care and improving experiences in the emergency department for patients with behavioral health and substance use issues; Inpatient Opioid Use Disorder Clinical Pathway Playbook – Ensuring patients with opioid use disorders receive safe, effective and compassionate care during hospital stays; and the Zero Suicide Toolkit – Providing an evidence-based, suicide care pathway to ensure patients who are experiencing suicidal thoughts receive highly reliable care, no matter the care setting.
A People’s Guide to Healing the Nation
With the mental health and substance use crisis continuing, Well Being Trust released today A People’s Guide to Healing the Nation – a resource that helps families and communities begin to take action on policy specific to mental health and substance misuse.
Actionable solutions like those contained in A People’s Guide to Healing the Nation couldn’t come at a more important time.
Health Care Coverage for the Relentless: Insurance essentials from a mother’s quest for mental health parity
This guide is intended to help families and individuals navigate the difficult terrain of health insurance in America. It provides information to individuals so that they are more informed about mental health care and substance use disorder insurance coverage. It also provides step-by-step guidance on what to do if your insurance company refuses to cover professionally recommended mental health or addiction care.
Advancing Well-Being by Transcending the Barriers of Whiteness
PolicyLink and Well Being Trust released Advancing Well-Being by Transcending the Barriers of Whiteness, that highlights how addressing racism at personal, systemic and structural levels is critical to equitable health and well-being for all. Since America’s founding, structural racism has created disparate health and economic conditions for people of color across the nation, and these very conditions are now increasing rates of illness and deaths of despair — including substance abuse and suicide — among White people as well. The report details how the challenges confronting White working-class populations today could be more effectively addressed if structural and institutional racism had been confronted at the necessary fundamental level decades earlier.
Improving Behavioral Health Care in the Emergency Department and Upstream
Improving Behavioral Health Care in the Emergency Department and Upstream provides actionable guidance for hospital emergency departments and their community partners to create a compassionate, seamless, and effective system of care that is respectful of and works with patients with mental health conditions and substance use disorders who present to the emergency department (ED). It was released in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI).
A Guide to Promoting Health Care Workforce Well Being During and After the COVID 19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed substantial demands on our already overstretched health systems, especially on caregivers and the communities they serve. The impact of the virus on caregivers and their communities will be amplified by the longer-term devastation of our nation’s mental health and well-being. WBT partnered with IHI to launch a Caring for Caregivers special series focused on topics related to the prevention, prediction, and mitigation of poor caregiver mental health and well-being, featuring experts in the field. Key themes included: Transforming moral distress to moral resilience, Peer support: Fostering connection and de stigmatizing mental illness, and Psychological PPE.
A Guide for Health Systems to Save Lives from “Deaths of Despair” and Improve Community Well-Being
In support of Well Being Trust’s (WBT) strategic goal to save 100,000 lives from deaths of despair and dramatically increase healthy life years in the next 10 years, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement is supporting WBT to evolve a set of recommendations and guidance to help propel the field to action by leveraging the role of health care systems to impact the health and well-being of the populations they serve within their walls and across their communities.