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TX Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2018

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Grantee: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HLTH SCI CTR HOUSTON
Program: Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
City: HOUSTON
State: TX
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM080721-01
Congressional District: 9
FY 2018 Funding: $500,000
Project Period: 2018/09/30 - 2023/09/29

The UT-Homeless Outpatient Mental Health Expansion Services (UT-HOMES) Program will provide integrated, trauma-informed behavioral health treatment and recovery support services for adults experiencing homelessness, with a serious mental illness or co-occurring diagnoses of psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders. The project is a collaborative effort among the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, McGovern Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Beacon, Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston, and the Patient Care Intervention Center. The overarching goal of the UT-HOMES program is to promote long-term mental health recovery, reduce substance use, and ensure access to primary care, income supports, and permanent supportive housing for the population of focus. Specifically, UT-HOMES will provide integrated (1) outpatient behavioral treatment using Motivational Interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Seeking Safety; (2) referral to psychiatric medication management; (3) primary medical care and care coordination by a community health worker; (4) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) case management; (5) linkage to supported employment; (6) housing assessments and navigation through HUD's Coordinated Access; and (7) housing case management for individuals placed in permanent supportive housing. UT-HOMES will serve at least 80 unduplicated clients in Year 1 and 105 clients in each of Years 2-5 for a total of 500 clients over the five-year funding period. The goals of the program are to: Goal #1: Increase the availability of outpatient behavioral health treatment for people experiencing homelessness. Goal #2: Improve behavioral health outcomes for UT-HOMES participants. Goal #3: Improve physical health status for UT-HOMES participants. Goal #4: Improve access to housing and economic resources through linkages and case management.


Grantee: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HLTH SCI CTR HOUSTON
Program: Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
City: HOUSTON
State: TX
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM080721-02
Congressional District: 9
FY 2019 Funding: $499,978
Project Period: 2018/09/30 - 2023/09/29

The UT-Homeless Outpatient Mental Health Expansion Services (UT-HOMES) Program will provide integrated, trauma-informed behavioral health treatment and recovery support services for adults experiencing homelessness, with a serious mental illness or co-occurring diagnoses of psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders. The project is a collaborative effort among the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, McGovern Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, The Beacon, Healthcare for the Homeless-Houston, and the Patient Care Intervention Center. The overarching goal of the UT-HOMES program is to promote long-term mental health recovery, reduce substance use, and ensure access to primary care, income supports, and permanent supportive housing for the population of focus. Specifically, UT-HOMES will provide integrated (1) outpatient behavioral treatment using Motivational Interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Seeking Safety; (2) referral to psychiatric medication management; (3) primary medical care and care coordination by a community health worker; (4) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) case management; (5) linkage to supported employment; (6) housing assessments and navigation through HUD's Coordinated Access; and (7) housing case management for individuals placed in permanent supportive housing. UT-HOMES will serve at least 80 unduplicated clients in Year 1 and 105 clients in each of Years 2-5 for a total of 500 clients over the five-year funding period. The goals of the program are to: Goal #1: Increase the availability of outpatient behavioral health treatment for people experiencing homelessness. Goal #2: Improve behavioral health outcomes for UT-HOMES participants. Goal #3: Improve physical health status for UT-HOMES participants. Goal #4: Improve access to housing and economic resources through linkages and case management.


Grantee: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HLTH SCI CTR HOUSTON
Program: Treatment for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Serious Emotional Disturbance or Co-Occurring Disorders Experiencing Homelessness
City: HOUSTON
State: TX
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM080721-05
Congressional District: 9
FY 2022 Funding: $499,997
Project Period: 2018/09/30 - 2023/09/29

Grantee: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY
Program: Mental Health Awareness Training Grants
City: EDINBURG
State: TX
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM084583-01
Congressional District: 15
FY 2023 Funding: $250,000
Project Period: 2022/12/31 - 2026/12/30

This Project intends to reduce gaps in mental health services and care among a Hispanic- serving Institution (HSI) university coalition. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is the second largest HSI in the nation and is located along the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas; an area in which mental health services have been traditionally underserved. While this population is rich in cultural practices and traditions and 90% of residents are of Hispanic origins, the Rio Grande Valley has been designated as a Mental Health Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA). The proposed Project will take place primarily on the UTRGV campus, which is comprised of several campuses within four major counties in the Rio Grande Valley: Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, and Starr counties. The purpose of the MHAT-HSI Project is to implement an evidence-based training curriculum for university personnel including faculty, staff, students, and specific organization leaders, as well as community clinical practicum/internship cite partners. Utilizing a training-of-trainers model, newly certified trainers will train campus and community-based individuals to recognize, understand, and respond to persons experiencing any mental illness (AMI) and serious mental illness (SMI). Training will improve mental health literacy and increase or establish the capacity to recognize the signs and symptoms AMI/SMI in order to render skilled, expeditious, and safe assistance. This Project will establish a partnership with the area's local mental health authority, Tropical Texas Behavioral Health, as the primary referral source for mental health services. A total of 790 individuals will be trained throughout the five-year Project. In the first year, 8 MHFA instructors will be certified as trainers and they, in turn, will train 90 campus and community-based individuals as the Project launches. In year two, 2 additional MHFA trainers will be certified and a total of 160 campus and community-based individuals will be trained. Thereafter, 180 individuals will be complete MHFA training per year. Training materials will be provided to each attendee, and a sign-in sheet will be created to capture the names and contact information of attendees. All attendees will then be contacted after 30 days in order to complete a follow-up Government Performance and Results Act form and a follow-up evaluation.


Grantee: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY
Program: GLS CAMPUS SUICIDE PREVENTION GRANT
City: EDINBURG
State: TX
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM080067-01
Congressional District: 15
FY 2017 Funding: $101,539
Project Period: 2017/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The School of Medicine of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (SOM/UTRGV) Campus Suicide Prevention Program (CSPP) in collaboration with the Counseling Center seeks to raise awareness of suicide as a critical but preventable issue. The School of Medicine of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), is located on the border between Texas and Mexico. The larger UTRGV serves a traditionally underserved population, which is largely Hispanic in ethnicity (89% as of Fall 2015). While Hispanics constitute a clear majority, UTRGV students are diversified among a broad range of special populations including medical students, veterans; athletes; international students; students with disabilities; and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersexed (GLBTQI) students. An overwhelming majority of students are also economically disadvantaged, relying on financial assistance and external employment to subsidize their college educations. The CSPP will address the numerous risk factors facing its target population through seven goals focusing on the implementation of training programs and activities geared to educate the faculty, staff, and students of the School of Medicine and the UTRGV campus on the identification and prevention of suicidal behaviors and appropriate intervention measures. Furthermore, it will implement outreach activities for students and their families, awareness campaigns that seek to destigmatize mental illness, implementation of wellness programs and the development of collaborative partnerships with community-based mental health agencies. The School of Medicine, Office of Student Support, Counseling and Wellness (Office of Student Wellness) in collaboration with Counseling Center will lead the implementation of the CSPP. Through a contractual agreement, The Office of Student Wellness will provide specialized training, employing the QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Model, to over 300 faculty, staff and student leaders annually and 900 over the funding period. The QPR, a standardized program used in schools throughout the nation as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs, delivers a broad assessment and intervention strategy for addressing issues of suicidality on college campuses. Assessment of the efficacy of the CSPP will include collection and analysis of data sets from the process, performance, and outcomes of the Program as well as collection and analysis of the cross-site data required by SAMHSA. Ultimately, the CSPP will result in the establishment of a comprehensive plan designed to prevent suicidal behaviors among students and to facilitate the utilization of mental health services for those at risk.


Grantee: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY
Program: Mental Health Awareness Training Grants
City: EDINBURG
State: TX
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM084290-02
Congressional District: 15
FY 2022 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2021/09/30 - 2026/09/29

Grantee: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY
Program: GLS CAMPUS SUICIDE PREVENTION GRANT
City: EDINBURG
State: TX
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM080067-03
Congressional District: 15
FY 2019 Funding: $101,375
Project Period: 2017/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The School of Medicine of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (SOM/UTRGV) Campus Suicide Prevention Program (CSPP) in collaboration with the Counseling Center seeks to raise awareness of suicide as a critical but preventable issue. The School of Medicine of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), is located on the border between Texas and Mexico. The larger UTRGV serves a traditionally underserved population, which is largely Hispanic in ethnicity (89% as of Fall 2015). While Hispanics constitute a clear majority, UTRGV students are diversified among a broad range of special populations including medical students, veterans; athletes; international students; students with disabilities; and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersexed (GLBTQI) students. An overwhelming majority of students are also economically disadvantaged, relying on financial assistance and external employment to subsidize their college educations. The CSPP will address the numerous risk factors facing its target population through seven goals focusing on the implementation of training programs and activities geared to educate the faculty, staff, and students of the School of Medicine and the UTRGV campus on the identification and prevention of suicidal behaviors and appropriate intervention measures. Furthermore, it will implement outreach activities for students and their families, awareness campaigns that seek to destigmatize mental illness, implementation of wellness programs and the development of collaborative partnerships with community-based mental health agencies. The School of Medicine, Office of Student Support, Counseling and Wellness (Office of Student Wellness) in collaboration with Counseling Center will lead the implementation of the CSPP. Through a contractual agreement, The Office of Student Wellness will provide specialized training, employing the QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Model, to over 300 faculty, staff and student leaders annually and 900 over the funding period. The QPR, a standardized program used in schools throughout the nation as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs, delivers a broad assessment and intervention strategy for addressing issues of suicidality on college campuses. Assessment of the efficacy of the CSPP will include collection and analysis of data sets from the process, performance, and outcomes of the Program as well as collection and analysis of the cross-site data required by SAMSHA. Ultimately, the CSPP will result in the establishment of a comprehensive plan designed to prevent suicidal behaviors among students and to facilitate the utilization of mental health services for those at risk.


Grantee: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY
Program: GLS CAMPUS SUICIDE PREVENTION GRANT
City: EDINBURG
State: TX
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM080067-02
Congressional District: 15
FY 2018 Funding: $101,576
Project Period: 2017/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The School of Medicine of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (SOM/UTRGV) Campus Suicide Prevention Program (CSPP) in collaboration with the Counseling Center seeks to raise awareness of suicide as a critical but preventable issue. The School of Medicine of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), is located on the border between Texas and Mexico. The larger UTRGV serves a traditionally underserved population, which is largely Hispanic in ethnicity (89% as of Fall 2015). While Hispanics constitute a clear majority, UTRGV students are diversified among a broad range of special populations including medical students, veterans; athletes; international students; students with disabilities; and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and intersexed (GLBTQI) students. An overwhelming majority of students are also economically disadvantaged, relying on financial assistance and external employment to subsidize their college educations. The CSPP will address the numerous risk factors facing its target population through seven goals focusing on the implementation of training programs and activities geared to educate the faculty, staff, and students of the School of Medicine and the UTRGV campus on the identification and prevention of suicidal behaviors and appropriate intervention measures. Furthermore, it will implement outreach activities for students and their families, awareness campaigns that seek to destigmatize mental illness, implementation of wellness programs and the development of collaborative partnerships with community-based mental health agencies. The School of Medicine, Office of Student Support, Counseling and Wellness (Office of Student Wellness) in collaboration with Counseling Center will lead the implementation of the CSPP. Through a contractual agreement, The Office of Student Wellness will provide specialized training, employing the QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) Model, to over 300 faculty, staff and student leaders annually and 900 over the funding period. The QPR, a standardized program used in schools throughout the nation as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs, delivers a broad assessment and intervention strategy for addressing issues of suicidality on college campuses. Assessment of the efficacy of the CSPP will include collection and analysis of data sets from the process, performance, and outcomes of the Program as well as collection and analysis of the cross-site data required by SAMSHA. Ultimately, the CSPP will result in the establishment of a comprehensive plan designed to prevent suicidal behaviors among students and to facilitate the utilization of mental health services for those at risk.


Grantee: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO GRANDE VALLEY
Program: Mental Health Awareness Training Grants
City: EDINBURG
State: TX
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM084290-01
Congressional District: 15
FY 2021 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2021/09/30 - 2026/09/29

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Counseling and School Psychology program PROJECT Bridging the Way proposes to train school personnel from districts and interested parents, as well as undergraduate clinical teachers in the UTRGV College of Education and P-16 Integration in early mental health detection and appropriate referrals. As the largest Hispanic Serving Institution in Texas and the second largest in the United States, UTRGV and its School of Medicine have teaching and research sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley (RGV), located along the US/Mexico border. Eighty percent of Texas counties, including the RGV counties of Hidalgo and Cameron, are designated as Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HRSA). Section 38.351 of the Texas Education Code mandates mental health prevention and intervention training for state school districts. Section 21.044 (c-1) of the Texas Education Code requires individuals seeking a teaching certificate as part of a bachelor's degree to receive instruction regarding mental health, substance abuse, and youth suicide. Both mandates have approved the use of the evidence-based program, Youth Mental Health First Aid. In addition, project personnel will offer trainings on the evidence-based Mental Health First Aid to assist in the identification of adults or colleagues who may be experiencing the same kinds of issues. Through training school personnel and future teachers in Youth Mental Health First Aid, PROJECT Bridging the Way will accomplish the following goals: 1) increase the capacity of clinical teacher candidates and K-12 school personnel, including school law enforcement, to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness and/or emotional disturbances in youth; 2) increase the capacity of school district human resources/personnel staff and administrators to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness and/or emotional disturbances in school district staff; 3) increase the ability of clinical teacher candidates and K-12 school personnel, including school law enforcement, to refer youth with potential mental health issues to an experienced, licensed mental health provider organization; and 4) increase the ability of school district human resources/personnel staff and administrators to refer the staff with potential mental health issues to an experienced, licensed mental health provider organization. As part of accomplishing these goals, PROJECT Bridging the Way will meet the following objectives by the end of the grant period (2026): 1) deliver the Youth Mental Health First Aid training to clinical teacher candidates and school personnel, including school law enforcement, and Mental Health First Aid to human resources/personnel staff and administrators for a total of 4,625 unduplicated individuals; 2) develop written and electronic materials for 4625 project participants, including school law enforcement, about resources that are available in the community for individuals with mental health issues; and by October 2021, 3) the project team will create a system to track referrals to mental health resources and services among people with mental health issues.


Grantee: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SAN ANTONIO
Program: Campus Suicide Prevention
City: SAN ANTONIO
State: TX
Grant Award Number: 5 U79 SM062513-03
Congressional District: 20
FY 2018 Funding: $101,924
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2019/09/29

The University of Texas at San Antonio Counseling Services proposed project, Siempre Manana (There's Always Tomorrow) will develop a comprehensive and far reaching program that addresses suicide prevention at a micro and macro level by providing suicide awareness and referral training to non-mental health faculty and staff, peer educators, other student activity program leaders, and parents. Given the unique needs of a fast growing and large Hispanic-serving institution where many are first generation students, we intend to develop prevention programming in both English and Spanish allowing students with "limited English proficiency" and their families to feel connected culturally and access supportive networks on campus and in our community. Also, San Antonio, Texas is known as 'Military City, USA', with a very strong presence of local service members and military installations. Enrollment of veterans and their dependents at UTSA jumped 64% from 2009 to 2011, from 1,600 to 2,700 students. This high-risk population will be a specific initiative within the program, developing tailored approaches to serve the unique needs of the campus' military, veteran, and military family students. Siempre Manana goals are to: (1) develop training for administrators, faculty, staff, and peer educators with a focus on substance abuse and suicide awareness and prevention; (2) develop culturally sensitive outreach presentations to students on issues including depression, substance abuse, and suicide; and (3) promote the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Veterans Crisis Line, and the UTSA Crisis Helpline Program.


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