Public Policy

Through a variety of policy initiatives, the Hogg Foundation influences systemic change at the state and local level to improve the mental health and well-being of people across Texas.

“In a world struggling toward peace and universal humanitarian regard for mankind, there is no place for an aloof or exclusive institution.” — Ima Hogg

Featured Resources

A Guide to Understanding Mental Health Systems and Services in Texas

Navigating mental health systems and services in Texas can be daunting, even for advocates and policymakers. The maze of behavioral health services is complex, making it difficult to understand and difficult to improve. The Hogg Foundation prepares a new edition of the Mental Health Guide to coincide with each Texas legislative session to help inform mental health and substance use policy analysis, development and decision-making.

Mental Health Policy Academy and Policy Fellows

This grant program provides Texas nonprofit advocacy organizations with funds to hire and train a mental health policy fellow for up to two years. The goal is to build both individual and organizational capacity for engaging in mental health policy initiatives.

Mental Health Parity Fact Sheet

In 2017, the Texas legislature passed House Bill 10, a law that changed how mental health and substance use care is provided through private insurance health plans. Check out this fact sheet to learn how parity works.

2020-2021 Hogg Foundation Policy Priorities

Context for policymakers, advocates and consumers.

Policy Briefs

An archive of our policy priorities, recommendations and evaluations related to mental health in Texas.

85th Legislative Session Summary

Bills passed addressed a wide range of behavioral health needs for Texans.