Providence Health & Services and St. Joseph Health recently joined forces to become Providence St. Joseph Health. The provider celebrated its first day with a commitment to improve mental health — starting with a $100 million investment.

The new non-profit will serve as the parent organization for more than 100,000 caregivers across seven states.

“One of the most challenging health issues facing our communities today is access to effective mental health services,” said Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Providence St. Joseph Health. “Together, we will convene diverse partners and will be a catalyst for change for the many who struggle with mental health stigmatization, diagnosis and treatment.”

The initial $100 million will support research and startup operations for mental health awareness, diagnosis and treatment under the supervision of the Institute for Mental Health and Wellness, a branch of Providence St. Joseph. The research and operations will begin the in next few months.