The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health staff has been quite busy lately. We are proud of our top-notch colleagues who positively represent the foundation throughout the state and nationally as leaders in mental health.

Here is what we’ve been up to lately…

  • Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director, presented at the Texas Tech University Transdisciplinary Research Academy. The academy was established to bring representatives of different disciplines together to work toward common goals and address current challenges.
  • Dr. Martinez participated in a meeting by the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health in support of a collaborative project with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Minority Health. The meeting sought to direct the creation of a national professional leadership development program for Latino behavioral health.
  • Tammy Heinz, program officer and consumer & family liaison, participated as a state consumer representative in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s “Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy 2012 Policy Academy” in Reston, Va. The Texas “Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale” project will build on a number of recent state and local initiatives that promote recovery-oriented behavioral health systems of care and expand peer-led recovery services.
  • Dr. Lynda Frost, director of planning and programs, presented at the state bar’s annual Poverty Law Conference in Austin, Texas on “Ethical Guidelines for Representing Youth with Mental Disabilities.”
  • Stephany Bryan, program officer and consumer & family liaison, co-facilitated a three-day Wellness Recovery Action Plan training with Tuesday Marler for Austin State Hospital. Eight people, including peers and psychologists, completed the training and created their own WRAP.
  • Stephany Bryan joined the Dr. Carol Show to discuss the “1 in 4,” Hogg Foundation initiatives, Mental Health Awareness Month and the challenges in finding care. She also talked about recovery and wellness and the resources available.
  • Colleen Horton, program officer, presented at a social work policy class at Texas State University on mental health funding and policy issues.