Mental health conditions and substance use disorders are conventionally grouped under the category of “behavioral health.” The Hogg Foundation’s primary focus is mental health, and we currently do not have grant programs devoted solely to substance use disorders. This is in keeping with the directives of the organization’s founder, Miss Ima Hogg, as well as a reflection of the areas of expertise of foundation staff members.
We also distinguish mental health conditions from intellectual and developmental disabilities such as autism, Alzheimer’s and mental retardation. Although these issues are vitally important, they mostly fall outside of our programmatic focus. Some of our grant programs, however, acknowledge that intellectual/developmental disabilities frequently co-occur with mental health conditions.