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Five Organizations Awarded $50,000 Grants to Enhance Behavioral Health Workforce

Jul 8, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 8, 2022

(Philadelphia, PA) – The Scattergood Foundation is pleased to announce its second round of grantees in its special grant program, Policy Meets Practice, which aims to align local grantmaking with the Think Bigger Do Good policy series.

In its second grant cycle, Policy Meets Practice is supporting organizations whose work aligns with the paper, Enhancing the Capacity of the Mental Health and Addiction Workforce: A Framework by Benjamin F Miller, PsyD and Anita Burgos, PhD. The paper outlines creative strategies for enhancing the behavioral health workforce to expand access to care. One strategy calls for the expansion of peer support specialists and other nontraditional community workers to fill a significant gap in behavioral health care while also creating opportunities for individuals with lived experience. Grants from this cycle of Policy Meets Practice will reinforce this strategy.

The goal of the Policy Meets Practice program is to invest in organizations that work directly with communities to address issues that relate to, inform, and advance the policy discussions outlined in the Think Bigger Do Good Policy Series. The series, which now has more than 20 papers, offers non-partisan and solution-oriented papers that address current behavioral health policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels.

The Policy Meets Practice program was able to give a total of five grants for its 2022 grant year. Each organization has received a $50,000 grant and will participate in a Community of Practice where they can share best practices and challenges, build organizational capacity, and discuss policy solutions. Grantees include:

“Aligning the Think Bigger Do Good series with our local grantmaking will reinforce and advance the policy discussions outlined in the series,” says Joe Pyle, President of the Scattergood Foundation. “We’re thrilled to be supporting these five organizations who are doing work both on-the-ground and at the systemic level to make real impact.”

Grantees were selected through a participatory process by a Grantmaking Group comprised of individuals who have been engaged in a wide range of on-the-ground community and behavioral health efforts. The Grantmaking Group evaluated applications and allocated grants dollars through a facilitated process. Inviting and elevating different perspectives into grantmaking decisions is critical to building a more equitable process.

For more information, please contact Caitlin O’Brien, Director of Learning and Community Impact, at cobrien@scattergoodfoundation.org.

 

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The Scattergood Foundation believes major disruption is needed to build a stronger, more effective, compassionate, and inclusive health care system – one that improves well-being and quality of life as much as it treats illness and disease. At the Foundation, we THINK, DO, and SUPPORT in order to establish a new paradigm for behavioral health, which values the unique spark and basic dignity in every human.