Premera Awards $1.6 Million in Behavioral Health Grants

  • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. — (December 14, 2017) — Premera Blue Cross today announced its second round of grant recipients for 2017, concluding its first year of the company's new Social Impact Program which focuses on organizations that support behavioral health solutions, particularly in underserved communities.

    Today's announcement of $860,000 in grants brings Premera's yearly totals to $1.6 million in grants distributed to 15 nonprofit organizations serving Washington and Alaska. The grants, which range from $30,000 to $250,000, support a variety of programs helping children and families.

    “These grants will have ripple effects for non-profit groups who are seeking to better address an important need in our communities,” said Paul Hollie of Premera's Social Impact Program. “We've seen the effects of these issues show up in families in many ways-often times initiated by early childhood trauma. It's our goal to help experts better connect and serve those impacted, particularly those in the many underserved communities.”

    The recipients of Premera's Social Impact second round of grants are:

    • Alaska Children's Trust, of Anchorage, AK, will receive $220,000 to support the Alaska Resilience Initiative (ARI) formed to further advance the dialogue in Alaska on brain architecture, adverse childhood experiences and how communities can prevent trauma and build resilience to ensure their members are healthy.
    • Childhaven, of Seattle, will receive $150,000 to implement an innovative Continuum of Care program model concentrating on the mental, behavioral and developmental health of the whole family. This model will expand their trauma-informed treatment and wrap-around services to address gaps in services and better impact the whole child and whole family health.
    • Cocoon House, of Everett, WA, will receive $150,000 to ensure continued operations of programs that use trauma informed approaches to outreach and empower at-risk and homeless young people throughout Snohomish County.
    • Community Youth Services, of Olympia, WA, will receive $70,000 to implement a new intake system that will help direct behavioral health services to young people more efficiently to start them on the path to stability and independence.
    • Navos, of Seattle, will receive $125,000 to develop an Integrated Health Care Program, a primary care clinic embedded within Navos' largest outpatient mental health center in Burien.
    • Pioneer Human Services, in Spokane, WA, will receive $100,000 to support its housing program focusing on integration of onsite services including education, medical and behavioral health.
    • Senior Services of Snohomish County of Everett, WA will receive $30,000 to support a new program that provides access to culturally competent behavioral health services for underserved low-income elders in Snohomish County.
    • Wellspring Family Services, of Seattle, will receive $150,000 to support Adverse Childhood Experiences training. Through the training, Wellspring can continue to address the negative impact of early childhood trauma on life-long health and quality of life.

    Round one grantees were announced in June 2017.

    About Premera Blue Cross

    Premera Blue Cross is a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, providing comprehensive health benefits and tailored services to approximately 1.9 million people, from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. The company offers innovative health and wellness solutions focused on quality outcomes for patients and controlling costs. Premera Blue Cross, which has operated in Washington since 1933, is a nonprofit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

    Premera Blue Cross is a member of a family of companies based in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., providing health, life, vision, dental, stop-loss, disability, workforce wellness, and other related products and services. The family of companies employs over 3,600 people and provides healthcare coverage and related services to over 2.1 million members.