Premera Awards Nearly $1 Million In Community Grants Focusing On Behavioral Health

  • Mountlake Terrace, Wash. — (June 25, 2018) — Premera Blue Cross, the leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, today announced $785,000 in grants to eight nonprofit organizations in Washington. Premera Social Impact Program, which launched in 2017, focuses on awarding grants to organizations that support behavioral health solutions, particularly in underserved communities.

    Earlier this year, Premera announced an additional $40 million community investment, following recent changes to the U.S. corporate tax system resulting in a one-time-only refund to the company. “These programs are among the leaders in our area in making a difference in the lives of individuals and families,” said Paul Hollie, who leads Premera Social Impact. “They, like us, are working toward a healthier community through therapy, education and safe, supportive housing.”

    To learn more about Premera Social Impact, read the company’s community giving report.

    Below is the full list of Premera Social Impact grant recipients.

    Western Washington

    Boyer Children’s Clinic, in Seattle, will receive $150,000 for a new program designed to improve behavioral health outcomes for homeless children with special healthcare needs.

    Center for Human Services, in Shoreline, Wash., will receive $50,000 to make support more accessible and timely through implementation of an “Open Access” model for new clients.

    Plymouth Housing Group, in Seattle, will receive $50,000 to help support residents struggling with mental health, trauma and other issues to better integrate and manage through their surrounding communities.

    SideWalk Homeless Services, in Olympia, Wash., to receive $30,000. SideWalk strategically fills a large gap in the community by providing housing services to the most difficult to house individuals: single, homeless adults who are typically extremely fragile and experiencing chronic homelessness and behavioral health issues.

    YMCA of Snohomish County, serving Everett, Marysville, Mill Creek, Monroe/Sky Valley, Mukilteo and Stanwood-Camano, will receive $250,000 for their capital campaign to fund its planned new Everett YMCA.

    Youth Eastside Services, of Bellevue, Wash., will receive $75,000 for their Early Childhood Behavioral Health program focusing on increasing numbers of youth struggling with increasingly harmful mental health symptoms.

    Eastern Washington

    Catholic Charities of Spokane, in Spokane, Wash., will receive $150,000 to support wraparound support services at St. Margaret’s Shelter—an emergency housing facility for families.

    Transitions, in Spokane, Wash., will receive $30,000 to help complete work on its new transitional housing project for women and children.

    About Premera

    Premera Blue Cross, a not-for-profit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association based in Mountlake Terrace, Wash., is a leading health plan in the Pacific Northwest, providing comprehensive health benefits and tailored services to approximately 2 million people, from individuals to Fortune 100 companies.

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    Premera Blue Cross