The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health staff represent the foundation throughout the state and nationally as leaders in mental health. Hogg staff participate in important discussions at meetings, conferences and trainings. Here is some of what we’ve been up to lately…

  • Stephany Bryan, program officer and consumer and family liaison, delivered the keynote address, “Integrated Health Care: Embracing Recovery, Wellness and Values,” at the Sunflower Foundation: Health Care for Kansans on March 20 in Topeka, Kansas. Her presentation stressed the importance of embracing the values of recovery and wellness in the development of integrated health care.
  • Dr. Lynda Frost, director of planning and programs, presented at a webinar as part of the Texas CASA Advanced Advocacy Skills Webinar Series on March 20. The webinar was titled, “Behavior Management and the Use of Restraints on Foster Children.”
  • Tammy Heinz, MA, program officer and consumer and family liaison, gave a presentation on April 5 to Travis County Juvenile Probation Department psychologists and interns about the value of peer support and peer specialists in the mental health system.
  • Meagan Longley, LMSW, policy fellow, spoke at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Get Healthy Project’s first annual conference entitled, “Exploring the Mental and Physical Health Needs of the Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) Population in an Integrated Care Setting.”
  • Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., executive director, presented at the inaugural Texas Health Home Summit held in Austin, Texas on April 4-5. He participated in a panel discussion titled, “The Health/Medical Home: Past, Present and Future.”
  • Dr. Martinez co-presented at the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare annual conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The workshop was titled, “Engaging Foundations and Philanthropic Organizations.”
  • Dr. Martinez was the keynote speaker at the Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC) Training Day on April 22. The annual conference is sponsored by ATCIC for its employees for professional development, offering opportunities to meet colleagues, share information and receive continuing education credit for a variety of different disciplines. Dr. Martinez also received an award of appreciation from ATCIC.
  • Rick Ybarra, MA, program officer, presented at the closing plenary of the Cultural Perspectives on Behavioral Health Conference in Austin, Texas on April 29. The conference was held as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities. Rick’s session was titled, “Promoting Policy Change in Addressing Mental Health.”