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Kaiser Permanente

Mental Health and Wellness Initiative

The Context

In 2018, Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KP SoCal) announced a $6 million, five-year Community Mental Health and Wellness Initiative to improve equitable access to high-quality care and mental health services across Southern California communities. The initiative was designed to address the mental health needs within our most affected communities by investing in nonprofit service providers. Through this support, KP SoCal sought a partner to strengthen the capacity of 26 community-centered nonprofits.

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Grantees

Better prepared to serve the mental health needs of their community

The Engagement

CNM worked with grantees to identify opportunities for capacity building customized to their organization. CNM developed and hosted regular convenings for both the full cohort and for small groups related to specific topics. These convenings provided sessions to aid organizational development, improve mental health service provision, discuss policies, share learnings, and foster collaboration. In addition, the nonprofits worked with our coaches and experts in organizational management, assessment, policy, and strategy to overcome the varied challenges they faced.

CNM’s advisors helped the grantees to:

  • Host strategic planning retreats
  • Facilitate strategy-setting board discussions
  • Improve hiring practices
  • Incorporate management best practices
  • Support the development and design of an online toolkit to share actionable lessons learned, resources, and templates

CNM Services Provided

The Results

  • 26 nonprofits are better prepared to serve the mental health needs of their community
  • Kaiser Permanente re-engaged CNM to support a new cohort of nonprofits

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Maura Harrington Ph.D., MBA

Executive Vice President
Center for Nonprofit Management

Maura is known for her expertise in organizational development and strategy and in all aspects of organizational development with a focus on strategic planning, assessment, and evaluation. At CNM, she oversees the client services team and provides consulting, training, and coaching services to a broad range of organizations. Much of her consulting and capacity-building work has been with community-based organizations and public health departments related to effective organizational operations, evaluation practices, and the use of logic models and other assessment tools to support planning, evaluation, and management. A BoardSource Trainer, a certified Advanced Associate, and a Trainer for the Connective Leadership Institute; Maura has completed certification as an executive coach under the International Coaching Federation. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Claremont Graduate School, an MBA from the Peter Drucker Graduate Management Center, a BS in Psychology from Georgetown University, and serves as an adjunct professor at USC’s School of Social Work and Department of Psychology.