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HHSC: Texas Awards Millions for Mental Health

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission today announced it is awarding up to $27.5 million in grant funds through two programs that support mental health services and projects for Texas.

Up to $12.5 million will be awarded through the Mental Health Grant Program for Justice-Involved Individuals, and up to $15 million is being awarded for the Community Mental Health Grant Program.

As part of the first phase of HHSC’s Community Mental Health Grant Program, up to $15 million in grant funds will go to 23 local mental health authorities and two local behavioral health authorities located across the state.

Rep. Four Price’s House Bill 13 established the Community Mental Health Grant Program and provides $30 million in state funds over the 2018-19 biennium to be matched by grantees with local and private funds.

“I am pleased to see HHSC’s implementation of these two vitally important mental health bills which will benefit many Texans statewide. I am also grateful for all who assisted in the successful passage of these bills — my colleagues, especially those from the House Select Committee on Mental Health, the many mental health advocates, and my able staff,” said Rep. Four Price.

Grants will fund community programs to expand treatment, promote recovery, and improve quality of life for individuals with mental illness. Examples of expanded treatment and services include adding licensed chemical dependency counselors and peers to mobile crisis outreach teams and establishing drop-in centers for individuals experiencing crisis as an alternative to the emergency room or hospitalization.

Read the full press release online.