Integrated Health Care
People’s minds and bodies are inseparable — except when it comes to health care. All too often, physical and mental health conditions are treated apart from one another. A growing body of research and experience shows that integrating, or systematically coordinating, physical and behavioral health care to treat the whole person can improve both mental and physical health.
Advancing Wellness & Recovery in Texas
The Hogg Foundation’s work in this area began in 2006 with a series of three-year grants to bring the “collaborative care” model of integrated health care to several clinics in Texas. Since then the foundation has become a state and national leader in the promotion of integrated health care.
Peer support is the principle and practice of incorporating individuals with lived experience of mental illness as key members of the care team. This grant program aims to further establish recovery and peer support as core principles in the delivery of care.
In August 2012, the Hogg Foundation awarded $720,950 to support the planning and implementation of integrated behavioral and physical health care programs at 10 organizations across Texas.
In 2012, the Hogg Foundation partnered with the U.S. Office of Minority Health (OMH) to study and promote integrated health care as a means of eliminating health disparities in racial and ethnic minority populations and persons with limited English proficiency. The partnership included a conference, a consensus report, a literature review, and a number of academic publications on the topic.
In order to cultivate learning and sharing among the Hogg Foundation’s integrated health care grantees, the foundation funds Mental Health America of Greater Houston (MHA-GH) to provide support to planning and implementation grantees through technical assistance/consultation.
Evaluation Report: Integrated Approach for Children in State Custody
In 2012, Harris County Protective Services received funding from the Hogg Foundation to plan and implement an integrated behavioral health program for children in state custody. The foundation also funded an evaluation of the pilot program. This report provides the results of the evaluation.
The evaluation was conducted by Dr. Toni Watt of Texas State University. Among its key findings are that the majority of children in kinship care in Harris County do not receive behavioral health services, and this is especially true for children age 5 and under. A new integrated model of care can address existing gaps in access to and quality of behavioral health care. Click here to access the full report.