Well Being Trust reports, research, policy and advocacy updates, provide you with information on the state of mental health and addiction in the United States.
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.
Tackling America’s Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Through Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (2021) –
Bipartisan Policy Center a new report outlining what legislative and regulatory changes have to happen to make mental health a part of Americans’ primary and behavioral health care experience. The report was jointly commissioned by the Sunflower Foundation, the New York Community Trust and Well Being Trust, a national foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social, and spiritual health of the nation.
Milliman report highlights mental health care utilization during COVID-19 pandemic (2021)
A report by Milliman sheds light on the utilization of mental health services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This newly released analysis of 12.5 million individuals’ commercial insurance, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare fee-for-service (MSSP), and Medicare Advantage claims between January-August 2019 and January-August 2020 is one of few reports seeking to understand how mental health care was impacted by COVID-19 in a similar – and, at times, different – way to physical health care.
Enhancing the Capacity of the Mental Health and Addiction Workforce: A Framework (2021)
This report provides an important framework for the mental health and addiction workforce in the United States. This framework provides policy recommendations and other ways to improve the capacity of mental health clinics and within communities when it comes to addressing mental health.
The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), a bipartisan, nonprofit, professional organization representing leaders of state Medicaid agencies across the country, released the first of a three-part series of reports aimed at communicating the critical role Medicaid will play as the nation looks toward recovery from the pandemic and the country’s “new normal.” The initial report, Medicaid Forward: Behavioral Health, focuses on the realities of mental health and addiction for the roughly 77 million Americans who now use Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program to access the health care they need – enrollment grew by 6.6 million since the start of the pandemic.
Health Policy Brief: Understanding Suicide Risk And Prevention (2021)
Deaths from suicide are at an all-time high and continue to rise due to the mental health and substance use problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The most recent data shows that suicide is the tenth leading cause of death, claiming twice as many lives as homicide. In Health Affairs, Ben Miller from Well Being Trust focuses on the importance of understanding suicide risk and prevention as America navigates this public health crisis.
Lifelines: A Pandemic Undertow (2020)
Lifelines calls attention to the urgent need for U.S. mental health and addiction support in the context of coronavirus-related recession and isolation. The online interactive data tool allows visitors to explore the support structures that provide mental and economic health to our society, and to understand what happens when they are eroded or fail completely.
Barriers and Policy Options to Integrating Clinical and Mental Health (2019) –
Bipartisan Policy Center released this report to examine 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.
Projected Deaths of Despair During Covid-19 –
The COVID Pandemic could Lead to 75,000 Additional Deaths from Alcohol and Drug Misuse and Suicide. View this research released by Well Being Trust and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care to learn more.
Integrating Clinical and Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities
Integrating Clinical and Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities (2019)
Bipartisan Policy Center released this report to examine 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. The report, Integrating Clinical and Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities, also identifies federal and state policy options that could help remove these barriers and advance evidence-based treatment for mental health care.