In 1940, when Ima Hogg devoted her brother Will’s legacy to establishing the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, she had a simple but profound vision of the kind of future she hoped the foundation would help bring into existence.
It was a future in which people with mental health challenges would be treated with respect and dignity, and mental health would be seen as indivisible from all other aspects of a flourishing and healthy life.
Over the decades Texas has come some distance toward realizing that vision, in no small part thanks to the work the Hogg Foundation and its allies have done.
There’s still a long way to go, however, and it’s a testament to the farsightedness of Miss Ima’s vision that the future we’re hoping to achieve, from our vantage point in the second decade of the 21st century, looks very much like the one she envisioned at our founding.
At the heart of our vision, as we see it now, is a person-, family-, and community-centered mental health care system in which:
The voices of consumers and their families are at the center of the conversation.
Recovery and wellness are the goal for everyone.
Physical, spiritual, and mental health are treated as indivisible aspects of the whole person.
Health equity, and cultural and linguistic competency, are the rule rather than the exception.
These aren’t the words Miss Ima would have used in 1940. Nor should they be, if we aspire to be as innovative and far-seeing in our time as Miss Ima was in hers. Yet they remain in the spirit of what she lived, believed and worked toward. And our commitment to serving the people of Texas remains inspired by her lifetime of dedication.
Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr.