Providence’s Well Being Trust awards $5.2 million to drive behavioral health innovation and transformation; deepen collaboration with community partners 

Providence’s Well Being Trust has awarded its second round of behavioral health innovation and transformation grants totaling $5.2 million. The grants support initiatives aimed at increasing sustainable access to quality mental health care and resources throughout the Providence seven-state footprint, as well as advancing mental health and well-being nationwide. 

This year’s grants include internal initiatives throughout Providence, community-based external initiatives, efforts supporting youth and teen mental health, and efforts to transform the United States’ mental health and addiction systems.   

“The U.S. Surgeon General has described our nation’s mental health crisis as the defining public health challenge of our time. Amidst this pressing challenge, we find ourselves presented with a remarkable opportunity,” said Arpan Waghray, M.D., CEO, Providence’s Well Being Trust.  “Our inaugural innovation and transformation grant awards in 2023 set a foundation for focusing on transforming and improving the mental health and well-being of communities within the Providence footprint and on a national level.” 

“This year, we’re excited to partner with our local communities and to further progress through collaboration. To ensure we’re creating the greatest impact in improving access to care, particularly on a local level, it’s important for us to listen to those who live and work in our communities to learn about their greatest behavioral health needs. It’s an honor to work with community-based organizations on creating lasting improvements in mental health.”   

The grant initiatives range from launching new pediatric and adult outpatient behavioral health programs to expanding medication assisted treatment for substance use disorders. Additionally, efforts will be made to integrate behavioral health into primary care and develop an integrated care model with a focus on maternal mental health, providing comprehensive behavioral health care. 

Grants awarded to community-based organizations will help fund several projects including:  

  • Youth mental health programs. 
  •  Support groups for Latinx LQBTQIA+ individuals. 
  • Care navigator and peer support services. 
  • Pediatric residential center and mobile crisis outreach services. 
  • The expansion of hospital diversion/wrap-around services.    

 View the list of grant initiatives below.

Improving Patient Care and Expanding Access
  • Expanding adult behavioral health partial hospitalization/intensive outpatient services program.
  • Supporting addiction medicine consultation and bridge services programs.
  • Expanding services at a Behavioral Health and Suboxone Stabilization Center Swedish Edmonds.
  • Establishing intensive outpatient program level of care.
  • Restructuring a psychiatric unit to optimize bed usage.
  • Expanding substance use disorder; medication assisted treatment programs.
  • Increasing access and reducing barriers for patients across a 10-county Western Montana rural service area.
  • Implementing a trainee program to help improve the pipeline for behavioral health service providers and increase access to group therapy services.
  • Expanding behavioral health integration in primary care clinics.

Community-based grants

Supporting Youth and Teens
  • Expanding child and adolescent outpatient behavioral health clinic.
  • Increasing access to school-based and virtual mental health services throughout the Renton School District and utilize Work2BeWell curriculum to promote mental health education.
  • Supporting a new integrated pediatric relational health inpatient unit (6 inpatient/crisis stabilization beds + related spaces) located inside Covenant Children’s.
  • Supporting a new Pediatric Psychiatry Bridge Program at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.
  • Expanding access to Raising Healthy Teens program by developing and implementing a Spanish language campaign module to focus on monolingual Spanish speaking parents and caregivers of middle and high school students in South Orange County.

Community-based grants

Maternal Mental Health
  • Developing an integrated care model with a focus on maternal mental health.
  • Expanding existing Mission Hospital Laguna Beach Maternal Health Intensive Outpatient Program which provides virtual group therapy, individualized treatment plans, ongoing psychiatric evaluation, and a weekly family group to pregnant and postpartum.