UNTHSC receives award for homeless research

April 5, 2013

Each year the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health selects four to six Texas-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to complete a policy project designed by the grantee organization to advance mental health policy.  This year, the foundation awarded Vicki Nejtek, PhD, $159,150 in grants to fund her research into mental illness among the homeless.

Nejtek’s team will investigate, advocate and raise awareness about local, state and federal policies that often appear to be misinterpreted and misapplied to the detriment of homeless individuals. The project will promote policy reform in communication gaps, lack of integrated policies, mental health disparities and patient rights.

“As a foundation one of our goals is to improve mental health policy in Texas,” said Hogg Foundation Executive Director Octavio Martinez, Jr. “These grantee-designed projects address important and relevant mental health issues that directly affect the people of Texas.”

The Mental Health Policy Project grants were launched in 2008 to improve local, state and national public policies that affect Texas consumers of mental health services and their families.

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