The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute has identified specific objectives around which to focus its efforts. First, Texas veterans and their families will receive the mental health care and support they have earned. Second, Texas will fill gaps in care through efficient and effective use of state and local resources, and communities will organize to help veterans and their families access care.
Finally, Texans will stand alongside veterans to stamp out any stigma that keeps veterans and their families from seeking available mental health care. The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is focusing its efforts on identifying ways to ensure that returning veterans and their families get the integrated health care they need; partnering with government, veterans organizations and providers to maximize access to Veterans Administration benefits and identify practical, cost-effective ways to address remaining gaps in care; and promoting the development of statewide metrics to measure and ensure needs are being met.
One of the foundational principles of MMHPI is to help Texas veterans and their families receive the mental health care they need and deserve. MMHPI works to support policy and provides technical assistance for innovative programs, communities, and organizations that are trying to further this principle.
MMHPI proudly served as the grant administrator for the Health and Human Services Commission’s Texas Veterans + Family Alliance (TV+FA) grant program until 2017. Made possible by Senate Bill 55, which was passed by the Texas Legislature, supported by our state leaders in 2015 and renewed in 2017, TV+FA is an innovative grant program that matches up to $20 million in state dollars with $20 million in local, private, and in-kind funds, to expand mental health care and support to Texas veterans and their families over a two-year period. During the 2015-2017 biennium, the TV+FA grant program awarded in excess of $17 million in grants, with over $17 million in match, to 38 projects that are expected to serve over 7,800 Texas veterans and their families.
MMHPI now helps communities and organizations interested expanding mental health care to veterans and their families through programs like TV+FA.
“Day to-day functions were nearly impossible. I didn’t have an answer anymore, I didn’t have rank, I didn’t have someone I could ask, and I felt like I had no resources whatsoever.”
– Josh Wyly, Post-9/11 Veteran
Mental Health Matters is a collaborative video project with the Mental Health Channel, KLRU, the Texas Tribune, and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, that examines mental health-related policy issues through organizations, programs and individuals that are making a difference.