Wanted: Projects that Advance Peer Support for Mental Health, in Texas

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health recently announced an RFP for initiatives supporting advanced peer care of mental health patients at community health centers and others around Texas. The goal is to help these community health centers not only plan and implement peer support services, but to make a case for the importance of peer support in mental health delivery and recovery.

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A big planning period comes first, with multiple phases front-loaded with up to $30,000 apiece. That will fill the first year of the grant. The second and third years will be for implementation, and will offer up to $100,000 per year to establish the programs. The fourth year will involve making the new services cost-effective, and entails looking at ways the program can generate its own revenue through billing. Funding of up to $70,000 will be available during that period.

It’s quite a peach, this RFP, and being limited to only one state means the odds of getting its attention would seem pretty decent if your organization qualifies.

But wherever you are, it's good to be familiar with the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, which has quite a history of working with disenfranchised or underprivileged people, and often supports work that is cutting-edge, experimental, or otherwise off the beaten track. The only major grantmaking operation administered by the regents of a public university, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health recently announced $10 million to bring together key players for a discussion on “transition-age” mental health.

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To be eligible for this latest RFP, applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit community health centers, including federally qualified health centers, federally qualified health center look-alikes, and nonprofit non-federally funded health centers in Texas. In addition, applicant organizations must already have an integrated health care approach/model in place and not be planning to use the grant funds to develop a new integrated healthcare program.