2018 Well Being Trust Annual Report

This is a time of historic opportunity to turn the tide on the diseases and deaths of despair, and to increase well-being for all in America. Every one of us is touched by the suffering, and every one of us is essential to the solution. In playing our unique roles, we get to bring our pain, our joy, our lived experience, and our diversity as our greatest gifts. As Dr. King reminds us: Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.

Pain in the Nation

In 2017, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Trust for America’s Health, we co-funded and released the seminal 2017 report Pain in the Nation on “deaths of despair” in America. The report presented 60 evidence-based policy and advocacy strategies to help decrease deaths due to alcohol, drugs and suicide and called for a national resilience strategy.

Since then, Well Being Trust continued the Pain in the Nation work with Trust for America’s Health by issuing several policy briefs, focused on alcohol, drug and suicide death rate disparities; the education sector; and healthcare systems. Additionally, with TFAH, WBT provided timely comments around the release of new mortality data related to drugs, alcohol, and suicide.

The Well Being Trust Toolbox: Solutions for advancing mental health and well-being in your community

The Well Being Trust Toolbox, developed with Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), intends to equip community leaders and decision makers with solutions and resources for improving mental health and well-being outcomes in their organizations and communities. The Toolbox, for health sector leaders (providers, payers, purchasers) as well as policymakers, philanthropy and community leaders, features evidence-informed resources to help everyone improve the mental health and well-being of people and places.

WBT and OHSU assembled the evidence and tools that providers, payers and policymakers need to understand what works when making system changes to integrate behavioral health and medical care as well as connecting patients/families to resources outside the hospital walls. For instance, Well Being Trust convened peer-learning networks to develop blueprints guiding real-world implementation, and shared lessons learned from healthcare institutions that successfully collaborated with community organizations and launched integration efforts, overcoming significant barriers to do so.

Stories of Change: How We’re Transforming Clinical Practices to Better Treat Mental Health and Substance Use Vol. 1

Well Being Trust is led by clinical experts who’ve dedicated their lives and careers to improving the well-being of patients and communities. We know the challenges patients, practitioners, and health systems face when it comes to addressing mental health and substance use disorders. Just as importantly, we know there are solutions and opportunities for change, and we understand the nation must work together to transform the way mental health care is provided and ensure everyone has access to high quality care. To that end, one of the first things we did after our founding in 2016 was work with Providence St. Joseph Health to create, fund, and lead the Clinical Performance Group, a system-wide learning collaborative that aims to improve care and delivery.

These efforts are building exciting momentum. In these pages, we share four stories of what the group has achieved and learned so far.

Evaluating State Mental Health and Addiction Parity Statutes

At an event recognizing the 10th anniversary of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity in the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine, The Kennedy Forum, The Carter Center, and Well Being Trust (WBT) jointly released “Evaluating State Mental Health and Addiction Parity Statutes,” with 32 states receiving a failing grade for statues designed to ensure equal access to mental health and addiction treatment.

The state-by-state report cards assess the strength of mental health and substance use disorder parity laws. Wyoming (F, 10), Arizona (F, 26), Idaho (F, 36), and Indiana (F, 38) received the lowest scores, while Illinois (A, 100), Tennessee (C, 79), Maine (C, 76), Alabama (C, 74), Virginia (C,71), and New Hampshire (C, 71) scored the highest.

California’s Health Care Paradox: Too Much Health Care Spending May Lead to Poorer Community Health

As California spending on health care skyrockets, state spending on programs and services that keep people healthy and prevent illness has grown far slower, according to a new report by the Lown Institute and Well Being Trust.

The report, California’s health care paradox: Too much health care spending may lead to poor community health, shows that from 2007 to 2018, state budget spending on health care (including Medi-Cal, health care for state employees and retirees, and health care for the incarcerated) grew by 146 percent, while spending on community conditions increased by just 39 percent, on average. California now spends just $0.68 on social services, public health, and environmental protection for each $1.00 spent on health care—down from $1.22 in 2007.

Digital Health Practices, Social Media Use, and Mental Well-being Among Teens & Young Adults in the U.S.

A national survey of 14- to 22-year-olds provides new evidence on the growing mental health crisis affecting young people. The survey, sponsored by Hopelab and Well Being Trust (WBT), finds that large numbers of teens and young adults experiencing moderate to severe symptoms of depression are turning to the internet for help, including researching mental health issues online (90 percent), accessing other people’s health stories through blogs, podcasts, and videos (75 percent), using mobile apps related to well-being (38 percent), and connecting with health providers through digital tools such as texting and video chat (32 percent).

Integrating Clinical and Mental Health: Challenges and Opportunities

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.

Evidence Review Examines Interventions Aimed at Improving Teen Well Being

This Rapid Evidence Review, from AcademyHealth, ACT for Health, and Well Being Trust, reports on findings from recent systematic reviews and selected major studies to address the question of whether teen flourishing can be enhanced.Appendices for the review including key definitions, methods, narrative summary of findings, findings by outcome, evidence tables, and a list of excluded reviews can be found here.