The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health has announced eight grants totaling $10 million to service providers in the Houston/Harris County area working to address the mental health needs of "transition-age" youths and their families.
Youth who are transitioning from adolescence to young adulthood often find themselves dealing with mental health challenges caused by the renegotiation of personal relationships, the affordability of health care, employment and housing issues, personal finances, and the loss or phasing out of support and services they received as adolescents.
Grants awarded by the foundation include $1 million to the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics in support of its efforts to boost the participation of transition-age youths and their families in individual, family, and group therapy and to educate pediatric and adult mental health providers about the unique needs of transition-age youths; $1.4 million to Communities in Schools of Houston, Inc. in support of its efforts to implement care coordination and related services for transition-age youths at area high schools and community colleges; and $890,000 to Disability Rights Texas to develop a curriculum that teaches transition-age youth how to advocate for themselves and access various services.
"We're excited to see these eight organizations launch the next phase of the multiyear transition-age youth and families initiative," said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation, which is housed in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin. "They have just gone through a collaborative and highly productive planning process, generating momentum that the new grant funds will only magnify."
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Hogg Foundation website.