Integrated Health Care: Planning and Implementation Grants

Program Summary

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin has awarded $900,000 in grants to three Texas community health centers (CHCs) to advance peer support in the delivery of integrated health care (IHC). 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.


The Hogg Foundation, keeping with a growing body of research, recognizes that integrating physical and behavioral health care to treat the whole person can improve health. Typically, physical and behavioral health conditions are treated separately by different health care providers with unconnected medical records in different locations. Integrated health care may involve coordinating behavioral health care services with other services provided in a primary care setting, or coordinating physical health care services with other services provided in a behavioral health setting.

Current Grantees

The planning grant recipients are:

  • Centro San Vicente, El Paso
  • Harris County Protective Services, Houston
  • Mercy Ministries of Laredo, Laredo
  • Project Vida, El Paso
  • The Seton Fund, Austin

The implementation grant recipients are:

  • Community Health Centers of South Central Texas Inc., Gonzales
  • Lone Star Circle of Care, Georgetown
  • Los Barrios Unidos Community Clinic, Dallas
  • Nuestra Clínica del Valle, San Juan
  • Project Vida, El Paso
  • The Center for Health Care Services, San Antonio

The Hogg Foundation has funded separate evaluations of a number of different aspects of its integrated health care initiative.


Related Publications

The foundation has produced a number of reports and publications on the broader subject of integrated health care, including Connecting Body and Mind, a resource guide to integrated health care in Texas and the United States; A Window of Opportunity, our 2013 report, produced in collaboration with Grantmakers in Health, on philanthropy’s role in eliminating health disparities through integrated health care; and Eliminating Behavioral Health Disparities through Integrated Health Care, produced in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.

Hogg Program Officer

Rick Ybarra serves as program officer for the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and leads the foundation’s Integrated Health Care Initiative. With over 25 years of clinical and administrative experience in both private and public sector behavioral health, Ybarra’s policy and program experience extends to county, state and national efforts promoting reforms, public policies and clinical practice to improve effective service delivery and health equity for racial/ethnic populations. Ybarra joined the foundation in 2007. For more on Ybarra, see his bio or follow his blog on health care reform.

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