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Sí Texas Initiative means funding for Integrated Behavioral Health for South Texas!

EXCITING NEWS!!!

MHM’s Sí Texas: Social Innovation for a Healthy South Texas project is opening a second cycle grant competition to further our commitment to the Sí Texas service area and to identify innovative, local solutions that improve physical and behavioral health. This competition will run April 1, 2015 through May 29, 2015, 5:00 pm CDT, and grants awarded during the second cycle will begin August 1, 2015. 

The second cycle competition is the result of MHM’s commitment to several Sí Texas goals. Since the first cycle competition, which ran from October 31, 2014 to February 6, 2015 will not award the anticipated $6.5 million per year, we seek to identify additional high-performing organizations in the second cycle competition and mobilize this full amount to improve health in the Sí Texas service area. In addition, we seek to engage more fully all 12 counties in the Sí Texas service area. The second cycle will include targeted launch efforts in counties that are underrepresented by first cycle Sí Texas projects. Finally, we recognize that the financial award requirements of the first cycle competition excluded organizations with smaller budgets. Because many innovative solutions originate from the grassroots level, we are taking steps to engage these organizations in the second cycle.  For the second round, applicants may apply for smaller grants, starting at $100,000 (the floor was $250,000 for Round 1).

MHM seeks applications from organizations that seek to improve and expand delivery of integrated behavioral health services in the Sí Texas service area (Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy, Cameron, Webb, Duval, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Brooks, Kenedy, Zapata, and Jim Hogg counties). Eligible organizations provide services in the Sí Texas service area, propose an evidence-based integrated behavioral health intervention, are non-profit or public entities, and meet the organizational budget and level of evidence minimums. Potential applicants should review the complete eligibility criteria in the Sí Texas RFP at www.mhm.org/sitexas.  MHM will provide technical assistance to assist with the application process, including conference calls, webinars, office hours with project and FAQs.

To demonstrate evidence of the effectiveness of their proposed project, applicants must establish their incoming “level of evidence” in their applications. A “preliminary” level of evidence is an eligibility requirement, and MHM’s official determination of the level of evidence will affect the maximum award size for which an applicant is eligible. The Levels of Evidence Guidance screencast is available at www.mhm.org/sitexas.

Second cycle Sí Texas grantees will join the first cycle of grantees in serving their communities by providing integrated behavioral health services, receiving and providing capacity building services through peer learning networks and an evaluation collaborative, and participating in rigorous evaluation to build evidence of the effectiveness of their projects.

Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation is proud to partner with Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., by assisting organizations who are seeking matching funds for the Sí Texas Initiative.  For more information on this transformational funding opportunity, please visit:  http://www.mhm.org/sitexas.

If your organization is applying for the Sí Texas grant, please call our office for instructions to access our online application for the local match that is required.

 

Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute News:

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute had its official launch in April, 2014.  The Institute’s mission is to enable Texans with mental health needs to get help when and where they need it. Initial priorities will focus on children’s, veterans’, and smart justice policies and practices.  For more information, go to their website: www.texasstateofmind.org

To connect with local mental health professionals:

Cameron County Mental Health Task Force meets monthly, second Tuesdays, Harlingen Outreach Center, 1102 South Commerce St. in Harlingen.  Visit www.cameroncountymentalhealth.org or email cameroncountymentalhealth@yahoo.com

Mental Health Coalition of the RGV – for meeting information, contact Stephanie Contreras via email stephcontreras11@gmail.com.