About the Program

In 2015, our state leaders and the Texas Legislature reaffirmed their commitment to our veterans and their families through Senate Bill 55. SB 55 creates a new and innovative grant program, Texas Veterans + Family Alliance (TV+FA), within Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for the purpose of supporting community mental health programs providing services and treatment to veterans and their families. It also directs HHSC to work with an administrator to assist, support, and advise on TV+FA and to help secure local, private, and in-kind funds to match the $20 million appropriated by the Legislature for the current biennium (2016-2017).

HHSC named the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) as administrator for the grant program for both Phase I and Phase II: the pilot phase and the full grant program, respectively. MMHPI is proud to serve in this role at no cost to the State of Texas and is committed to supporting HHSC and to working with organizations to identify in matching funds that can contribute to support the mental health needs of veterans and military families in their communities.

Phase I: the pilot program

The grant program began with a pilot phase, for which HHSC committed $1 million in public funds, which is being matched with $1 million in local, private, and in-kind funds. Projects funded by this pilot were selected through a competitive statewide request for proposal (RFP) process. The objective was to award state funding to programs throughout Texas. Five grantees for Phase I were announced in early 2016, with the pilot program running throughout the summer of 2016.

Phase II: the full program

Phase II consists of two rounds of awards in 2016 and 2017. In October 2016, after a successful request for application (RFA) process, 14 organizations were announced as grantees for up to $10 million in state dollars, which will be matched with up to $10 million in local, private, and in-kind funds. The RFA process is currently open for the second round of Phase II funding (at least $10 million in state funds which will be matched by at least $10 million in local, private, and in-kind funds).

Phase I Grantees

Emergence Health Network serving El Paso County and Fort Bliss

Project: Expand capacity to meet the mental health needs of veterans and their families by increasing community participation.

Texas Panhandle Centers serving the 30 northern-most counties in the Texas Panhandle

Project: Address priority needs and gaps in behavioral health services for veterans and their families and establish constructive community partnerships.

Tropical Texas Behavioral Health serving Cameron County

Project: Expand the delivery of evidence-based and promising practice mental health services to military veterans and their dependents from the Veterans Drop-In Center in Cameron County

United Way of Denton County serving Denton County

Project: Creates a new case management system structure, resource directory and web page for veterans to navigate when accessing behavioral health and other services.

University of Texas at Dallas – Center for Brain Health serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area

Project: Address mental health service gaps by using high-performance brain training called Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training.

Phase II Grantees

Catholic Charities of Fort Worth – serving Archer, Baylor, Dallas, Denton, Foard, Hood, Johnson, Knox, Montague, Parker, Tarrant and Wichita counties

Easter Seals Greater Houston – serving Bell, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, Walker, Waller and Wharton counties

Equest – serving Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Rockwall, Tarrant and Van Zandt counties

Family Endeavors – serving Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, and Presidio counties

Headstrong Project – serving Harris County

Heart of Texas Region Mental Health Mental Retardation Center – serving Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone and McLennan counties

Heroes Night Out – serving Bastrop, Bell, Caldwell, Coryell, Hays, Lampasas, Travis and Williamson counties

Metrocare Services – serving Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Somervall, Tarrant and Wise counties

StarCare Specialty Health System – serving Bailey, Borden, Castro, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Dimmit, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Parmer, Swisher, Terry and Yoakum counties

Texoma Community Center – serving Cooke, Fannin and Grayson counties

The Ecumenical Center– serving Bexar County

Tropical Texas Behavioral Health – serving Hidalgo County

Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas – serving Bell, Collin, Coryell, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervall, Tarrant and Wise counties

West Texas Counseling & Guidance – serving Coke, Concho, Crockett, Irion, Kimble, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, Sutton and Tom Green counties

Important Upcoming Dates

Phase II:

Solicitation Release Date Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Applicant Conference (optional) Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 10 a.m.
Deadline for Submitting Questions Monday, November 14, 2016
Answers to Questions Posted Friday, November 18, 2016, 5 p.m.
Deadline for submission Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 2 p.m.
Anticipated Notice of Award March 2017
Anticipated Contract Start Date March 2017

News & Media

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Recognizes State Leadership for Their Work to Support
the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Grant Program More »

First Round Phase II Grantees Announced More »

Phase I Pilot Program Grantees Announced More »

A New and Innovative Program to Care for our Veterans More »

Partnership Provides Mental Health Care for Texas Veterans More »

Texas Leaders Announce Texas Veterans + Family Alliance More »

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Named Administrator of Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Pilot Phase Grant Program More »

Request for Applications

Please visit the below link to download the Request for Applications:

More Information

For additional information about this grant program, visit the Texas HHSC TV+FA page, or contact MMHPI at tvfa@texasstateofmind.org.