Hogg Foundation Awards Area Organizations Helping Youth With Mental Health Issues

Hogg Foundation
Houston, Texas
(512) 471- 5041

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin has awarded eight grants totaling roughly $10 million. The grants are part of an ongoing initiative to help youth, aged of 14 – 25, who are experiencing mental health challenges as they transition from adolescence into young adulthood. The TAYF (Transitional Age Youth and their Families) initiative seeks to enhance services for this population in Houston/Harris County.

The 2014 TAYF Service Implementation Grantees are:

  • Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics ($1 million) – To enhance the participation of TAYF in individual, family and group therapy; to develop a TIP-informed curriculum; and to educate pediatric and adult mental health providers on the unique needs of transition-age youth.
  • Communities In Schools of Houston Inc. ($1.4 million) – To support efforts to implement care coordination, peer support and related services to TAY at select high schools and community college campuses in the areas of education, employment and housing.
  • Disability Rights Texas ($890,000) – To work collaboratively with TAYF and other stakeholders to provide legal services and self-advocacy skills training for TAYF, and to develop a TIP-informed training curriculum to assist youth and family members with accessing services and supports.
  • Easter Seals of Greater Houston Inc. ($1.6 million) -To support a collaboration of organizations that will provide a menu of transition services (job training, financial literacy, housing, education, etc.) for teens and young adults living with co-occurring mental health challenges and autism spectrum disorder.
  • Family Services of Greater Houston ($1.3 million) – To develop TIP-informed individual and family counseling and navigation services to support the emotional and behavioral health needs of TAYF.
  • Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults ($1.2 million) – To support the Houston Alumni & Youth Center, a one-stop center where foster care and former foster care TAY can make use of a wide range of transitional resources and services.
  • Houston Department of Health and Human Services ($1 million) – To develop a curriculum in partnership with youth to train and certify TAY as Peer Wellness Specialists and integrated health mentors.
  • Star of Hope Mission ($1.4 million) – To support the development and delivery of supportive services to TAY who are current or former residents of Star of Hope Mission’s homeless shelters and transitional and supportive living programs.

About the Hogg Foundation

The Hogg Foundation advances recovery and wellness in Texas by funding mental health services, policy analysis, research and public education. The foundation was created in 1940 by the children of former Texas Gov. James S. Hogg and is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.

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