AUSTIN, Texas – The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin has awarded $270,000 in grants to six Texas organizations for the Advancing Recovery in Texas Initiative Planning Grants. The long-term goal of this initiative is for mental health providers to foster recovery-oriented organizational change for the benefit of mental health consumers. The one-year grants of $45,000 each will support grantees in developing recovery advancement plans and receiving recovery education for their organizations and their communities.

Upon the successful completion of the planning phase, grantees will be eligible to receive implementation grants of up to $210,000 over the subsequent three years.

SAMHSA defines recovery as “a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.” The Hogg Foundation is convinced that recovery, as defined above, is not only possible for individuals but should be everyday practice for mental health providers.

The six Advancing Recovery in Texas Planning grants are:

  • Association of Persons Affected by Addiction (Dallas)
  • Austin Clubhouse (Austin)
  • Community Healthcore (Longview)
  • Family Services of El Paso (El Paso)
  • JPS Health Network (Fort Worth)
  • Opportunity Center for the Homeless (El Paso)

“What makes this grant program special is that it asks organizations to do a kind of self- assessment that mirrors that of individuals in recovery,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director of the Hogg Foundation and associate vice president for diversity and community engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. “These organizations are committed to becoming models for recovery orientation.

The Hogg Foundation advances recovery and wellness in Texas by funding 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.