Today, Well Being Trust (WBT) announced $8.5 million in new grants as the second round of grants to mental health and well-being initiatives in California.
Mental health challenges do not exist in isolationthey are intertwined with chronic health conditions, lack of safe and clean housing, substance use disorders, economic and transportation deficiencies and a myriad of other issues, said Tyler Norris, MDiv, chief executive, Well Being Trust. With both rounds of grants, we intend to meet people where they are and where they need help and focus on all of the issues that impact ones mental health and well-being.
As in the first round, for round two, Well Being Trust worked with California-based partners to identify the most significant areas of need and the community-level programs that could provide substantial health and well-being improvements across the state. Some of these initiatives include:
- The Cambodian Family Community Centers Body, Mind, and Spiritual Wellness Program (Santa Ana, CA): This program will bring together services from a diverse group of partnersincluding Families Together of Orange County, the Minnie Street Family Resource Center, and St. Joseph Hospital of Orangeto reduce stigma around mental health and increase access to mental health care services for underserved, low-income Cambodian populations, who have been impacted by the Cambodian genocide. The program will conduct community outreach through a culturally- and linguistically-tailored approach and provide spiritual, physical, and creative opportunities to promote community connectedness and mental well-being.
- Providence Saint John’s Health Centers Community Care Coordination Program for Vulnerable Patients (Santa Monica, CA): This program brings together The People Concern, St. Joseph Center, and Venice Family Clinic to provide intensive patient navigation and case management for high needs individuals experiencing homelessness, ensuring a smooth transition from the Emergency Department to community services. Case managers at The People Concern and St. Joseph Center will work with social workers, other case managers, and community care coordinators at Saint John’s Health to develop a coordinated care plan for individuals and establish a permanent medical home at Venice Family Clinic.
- The California State University Northridge Foundations Counseling Services for the Catholic School Collaborative (Northridge, CA): This program seeks to provide mental health services for parents, students and families at four K-12 Catholic Schools in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles. Many of the students attending the target schools are low-income from first generation Mexican and Central American families.
- St. Joseph Queen of the Valley Community Outreach Departments Building and Strengthening Community-wide Systems for Preventing and Addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) (Napa, CA): This grantee is building a collaborative of community-based nonprofits, public serving agencies, and health care providers to develop a countywide approach to addressing ACEs. The collaborative will focus on developing provider training and education; strategies to integrate mental health services into school district wellness programs; and supportive interventions around mental health in county Emergency Departments. It will also expand substance misuse counseling for pregnant women.
In the first round of grants, WBT issued $10 million in grants, including to COTS, a Sonoma County-based nonprofit focused on helping people find and keep housing. With WBT funding, COTS created a Coordinated Care pilot program focused on reducing stigma associated with homelessness, mental illness, and substance misuse.
Within the pilot, a client first undergoes a detailed assessment conducted by a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) to uncover the clients primary barriers to housing. Once barriers are identified and agreed upon, the LCSW creates a customized Care Plan and provides a warm handoff to a COTS Housing Navigator who uses the plan to guide housing search and placement.
The Housing Navigator also facilitates additional handoffs to income development and benefits services, mental health services, and physical health services. Additionally, funding supported the creation of software to track and manage interactions between care partners, staff, and outreach personnel, empowering a client with access to information.
To date, 46 percent of participants exited the program into permanent housing or institutional setting (29 percent permanent housing and 17 percent institutional setting including nursing home, treatment center, or psychiatric facility).
The Coordinated Care pilot has transformed our approach to clients, making us more flexible, responsive, and effective in meeting their needs. It has even changed the way we see our clients and, subsequently, how the clients see themselves, said Brian Bricker, COTS Chief Operating Officer. Coordinated Care has really become a philosophy here, not a program. Our staff and our care partners in the community are all working together to ensure each clients path is customized to their particular needs.
Well Being Trust is a national foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health of the nation. 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 to transforming individual and community well-being. www.wellbeingtrust.org. Twitter: @WellBeingTrust
This month, a great chunk of adults in our nation breathed a collective exhale of relief as their children headed back to school. While the summer months can be blissful, they can also bring& extra stress. Like all& that& free& time& left to fill.
But along with that relief can come some serious anxiety what exactly are you supposed to do with yourself with all this free time on your hands? Sometimes it seems that everything was simpler when we were kids. When it came time to get back to school we knew it meant a new backpack and binder, a new lunchbox and class schedule. Maybe some new friends to add into the mix! There was an ebb and flow and, at the same time, some excitement. Parents dont get to feel the breathless anticipating of scribbling in a new notebook or navigating the halls for the first time. That doesnt mean you should fall back into your old patterns. Instead, this month, its time to get back to your (self-love) school and recommit to your intentions, your desires, and your self-care.
Ready? Lets do this! Dont think of this time of year as being a throwaway before the holiday rush. Instead use the start of school to double down on your commitment to self.
Step 1. Remember what you WANT.
When you are so busy taking care of others needs before your own (totally normal) it is easy to lose sight of what ignites you. How do you want to feel in your life? What state of being do you want to live in?
Jot down a legit list by saying, I want to feel&. In my life and fill in the blank with the desired emotion.
Take the time to actually honor this thought process. Rather than chasing quantifiable yes and no goals in your life, leave things open for interpretation; remember there are many different ways to create and embody a certain feeling in your life!
Step 2. Identify what you do that KEEPS YOU from feeling that way?
This takes some real honesty. Take a deep breath and cut yourself some slack. Now, without judgment, be real with yourself about what you currently do in your life that keeps you from feeling this specific feeling?
For example, if you say, I want to feel& rested then you need to think about what you do that causes you to NOT get rest at night. If you want to feel something different in your life, you have to be accountable for what you do now that doesnt work for you. In this case, maybe you end up spending hours in bed scrolling though social media before trying to get shut eye? Maybe your workout at the end of the day and not in the morning? Maybe you havent taken an actual vacation (you know, NOT working 24/7) in years? Maybe you live a carb-dependent diet? Whatever it is, write it down and OWN it.
Step 3. Identify specific action items that solve the roadblocks you just listed.
This is where we go from theory to reality. If you love lists and checkboxes, youll have a blast with this! For every roadblock youve identified, brainstorm a few possible solutions and list them out. For example, if your statement is I want to feel& rested and you then identify that you are overworked, eating too many carbs, losing yourself with screen time and havent stepped away from the desk in years —- make your list of action items.
… Commit to putting the phone down an hour before I go to sleep and leave it outside the bedroom.
& Research a more Mediterranean or Paleo diet; start by eliminating bread!
& Plan a mini-getaway every quarter. (Write it in your planner!)
Each one of these identified action items can be considered an act of self-love! I believe that self-love can be defined as any action, thought, process, belief, or thing you do that connects you to your highest self. That brings you closer to your desired state of being!
You can re-commit to your self-love by getting specific and actionable with these three steps. Go from what if to this is what I can do RIGHT NOW by being honest and accountable! You dont need to sit in a classroom to be educated& Instead, be real for YOU on behalf of YOUR passion and YOUR goals and who you know your highest, most love-filled self is!
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This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your health care professional’s instructions.