AUSTIN, Texas – Five recent graduates of law, social work, public policy or other graduate programs will receive intensive training, education and experience in mental health advocacy and policy work through the Hogg Mental Health Policy Fellow Grants program.

Five nonprofit advocacy groups received a total of $641,600 over two years to hire an in-house fellow. Each fellow will be provided with an experienced mentor. Both the fellows and the mentors will participate in the Hogg Mental Health Policy Academy. The academy provides training and support for the fellows, their mentors and others involved in advocacy work in Texas.

The Hogg Foundation launched the Mental Health Policy Academy and Fellows initiative in 2010. The purpose of the grant program is to build both individual and organizational capacity for engaging in mental health policy initiatives. The fellowships are two years long.

“Texas has a complex and challenging mental health system that needs advocates who understand its current state and how to best improve it through public policy work. With the help of seasoned public policy experts, this group of Hogg Fellows is poised to fill key advocacy roles championing mental health reform in Texas,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation.

Recipients of the fellowship grants are:

Contact the grantees directly for information on these fellowship positions.

The Hogg Foundation advances recovery and wellness in Texas by supporting mental health services, policy analysis, research and public education. The foundation was created in 1940 by the children of former Texas Governor James S. Hogg and is part of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.