Help vulnerable people become their best selves.

The Challenge

The demand for behavioral health services far exceeds the nation’s capacity, leaving few options for those with the fewest resources. Mental health problems can impact all areas of life, from employment to relationships, with far-reaching effects on those suffering and on the broader community.  


‘Living well and fully with mental illness’

Watch one woman’s triumphant journey from client to peer advocate for individuals
living with persistent and complex behavioral health issues.

The Response

A client who is homeless, sick and vulnerable needs health care and behavioral health services, as well as social services. Many Catholic Charities agencies collaborate with local health systems and other partners to offer counseling, addiction recovery, case management and caregiver support.

  1. A Range of Supports
  2. Case Management
  3. Behavioral Health
  4. The Tech Connection
  5. Health Outcomes

Local health systems

A Range of Supports

Local Catholic Health Association member systems provide clients medical support, data exchange, on-site behavioral health services and emergency assistance in conjunction with the social support provided by CCUSA member agencies.  

increasing wellness

Case Management

Evidence indicates that it takes intensive support services from qualified case managers engaged with clients and connecting them to necessary services to increase and maintain wellness indicators.

low barriers to care

Behavioral Health

Catholic Charities agencies, with their long history of serving anyone in need, provide evidence-based, strengths-focused, affordable and low-barrier behavioral health services.

unique programs

The Tech Connection

Pilot programs connect those in need with service providers in novel ways, such as Nurse Disrupted, which virtually connects RNs to homeless and vulnerable populations, and Hope Chatbot, which helps clients manage everyday stress and promotes self-care.

positive impacts

Health Outcomes

More than 1,500 programs and services positively impact health outcomes and influence the social determinants of health: housing, income, employment, education, family and social support, community safety and access to food and transportation.

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The Social Determinants of Health
and Well-being

Positive health and wellness outcomes are based on more than healthy habits and medical care. Often, they are based on choices we make and factors within our control; just as often, they are not. Poverty and racism play a significant role in who enjoys good health and who does not. 

Air and water quality, housing and transit

Access to health care and medication

Diet, nutrition and use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs

Access to safe housing and healthy food; stable income and access to transportation/transit; educational opportunities; family and social support; community safety

Catholic Charities agencies aim to serve clients holistically, offering programs and services that can influence the social and economic factors (40%) and the physical environmental factors (10%) that contribute to clients’ overall health and well-being.

As a Catholic institution, we promote integral human development, or the development of the whole person — emotionally, physically, intellectually, spiritually and socially.

Through creative and innovative collaboration with the healthcare system, Catholic Charities agencies can help clients achieve even more positive health outcomes for themselves and their families. CCUSA’s Healthy Housing Initiative is an excellent example of this type of collaboration.

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The Impact

Catholic Charities is committed to providing comprehensive services to promote physical, mental and spiritual well-being.


People receiving behavioral health and wellness services  


Catholic Charities wellness and behavioral health staff 


Clients connected to primary care providers 


Every two years, after a new Congress is seated, CCUSA’s Social Policy Team crafts legislative priorities and recommendations based on the ongoing efforts of the Catholic Charities network of agencies and the needs of the vulnerable populations Catholic Charities serves. 


It was just my journey of living well and fully with mental illness, and you can do both. It is possible.

Jean, former client turned staff person, Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton
Ben Wortham, the vice president for behavioral health integration.


Ben Wortham

Ben is the vice president for behavioral health integration, leading the integrated health strategic priority and providing technical support to 168 Catholic Charities agencies across the country. Ensuring these agencies have robust relationships with healthcare systems is a major priority for his team. Ben also leads CCUSA’s aging section, co-leads the veterans section and works with the Healthy Housing Initiative.

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