Mental Health Policy Academy and Fellows

We are no longer accepting proposals for Policy Fellow Grants and Peer Policy Fellow Grants.

The needs and voices of Texans living with mental illness have a greater impact on policymaking when an organization’s capacity for working on mental health policy increases. Unfortunately, many lack the resources or expertise to tackle policy issues. Launched in 2010, the Hogg Foundation Policy Academy and Fellows program increases organizations’ capacity and expertise to advance mental health policy in Texas.

Through the program, up to ten 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, or higher education institutions receive a two-year grant to employ a mental health Policy Fellow (recent graduate of law, social work, public policy, public health or related field) or a Peer Policy Fellow (individual with lived experience of mental health and/or substance use conditions). The goal of this initiative is to increase the number of individuals and organizations effectively participating in mental health policy, while also increasing the consumer voice in mental health policy development and implementation. Additionally, the foundation funds a Mental Health Policy Academy for fellows and their mentors, including a one-week federal immersion program based in Washington, D.C. during the second year of the grant. The goal of the academy is to provide substantial professional development and networking opportunities.

Policy Fellowships

We are not accepting proposals for Policy Fellow Grants and Peer Policy Fellow Grants at this time. 

Eligible organizations in Texas are invited to respond to this request for proposals which funds five Policy Fellow positions and five Peer Policy Fellow positions in 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, or higher education institutions. The grant includes 95 percent of the fellow’s salary, 100 percent of fringe benefits, a mentor stipend, professional development allowance, and overhead.

Download the Request for Proposals
Questions and Answers

The foundation does not accept phone inquiries about grant projects. Questions may be submitted to (we will respond within two business days), however we ask that you review the Questions and Answers page before reaching out.

Responses to questions raised during the teleconference have been posted, and additional questions addressed via email that are applicable to all interested entities will be posted on a rolling basis.

About the Teleconference

The foundation hosted an optional, informational Teleconference for Applicants on February 14, 2018 (2:00 – 4:00 p.m. CST). Information shared during the teleconference is covered on the Questions and Answers page.


Key Dates
  • Teleconference Registration Deadline – February 13, 2018 (11:59 p.m. CST)
  • Teleconference for Applicants (optional, highly recommended) – February 14, 2018 (2:00 – 4:00 p.m. CST)
  • Fluxx Registration DeadlineCreate or update account by February 23, 2018 (3:59 p.m. CST)
  • Proposal Submission Deadline – March 2, 2018 (11:59 p.m. CST)
  • Notification of Grantee Selection – April 2018
  • Grant Start Date – July 1, 2018
Policy Academy

The Hogg Mental Health Policy Academy is a learning community facilitated by Texans Care for Children with support from the Hogg Foundation. Participants in the academy—including a network of mental health policy fellows across the state, their mentors and a cohort of family and consumer participants—receive training to enhance their effectiveness as advocates. They are provided frequent networking opportunities with legislative staffers, policy experts, individuals with lived experience, family members, and direct service providers.

Topics discussed include:

  • identifying policy challenges, assessing options for addressing them, and developing policy solutions
  • the landscape of Texas and national mental health policy
  • strategies for working with and educating decision-makers in the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government
  • best practices in mental health and effective means for implementing these practices in Texas
  • peer support
  • organizational development

Effective public policy is essential to realizing meaningful systemic change in mental health services and improvement in the lives of Texans experiencing mental health conditions. Public policy directly impacts the public’s access to mental health services and supports, quality of care, and legal rights and protections. Positive mental health public policy initiatives can increase opportunities for recovery by promoting best practices in treatment and support services.

Public policy encompasses a variety of activities aimed at influencing statutory initiatives, regulatory or judicial actions, organizational practice, and other vehicles of systems change. It is shaped by many variables, including economic factors, political influence and personal experiences, as well as informed advocacy, effective leadership, public interest, and meaningful data.

Nonprofit organizations can greatly impact public policy, yet many report their ability to engage in mental health policy-related activities is constrained by budgetary limitations.