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
|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
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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:
For additional information about this grant program, visit the Texas HHSC TV+FA page, or contact MMHPI at firstname.lastname@example.org.