Another $15 Million Awarded to State Mental Health Programs
By David Doolittle


State health officials have distributed another $15 million in grants to local governments and nonprofit organizations to help improve mental health care in Texas.

The grants will help expand treatment for behavioral health patients, help them recover, and improve their quality of life, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) said

Thirty-one entities across Texas were awarded the funds in May, officials said. It was the second round of funding through HHSC’s Community Mental Health Grant Program, which lawmakers created last year.

House Bill 13, written by Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo), established the program to provide $30 million in community collaborative grants to address local mental health needs. TMA advocacy helped ensure the grants were included in the state budget.

The first $15 million was awarded to 23 mental and behavioral health authorities in January.

May’s round of funding was given to medical facilities, Boys and Girls Clubs, medical schools, county governments, and nonprofit organizations.

Find more information on accessing behavioral health services in Texas on HHSC’s MentalHealthTX website. 

HHSC also recently announced it has created an ombudsman position to help behavioral health patients understand their rights.

Last Updated On

June 06, 2018

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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