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State of Texas
HHSC Awards $2M in Grants for High-Needs Children in Foster Care
News Release
Monday, October 08, 2018

AUSTIN —  The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is awarding up to $2 million in grant funds to four nonprofit organizations and one Local Mental Health Authority in Texas. Funding will go to increase access to targeted case management and psychiatric rehabilitative services for high-needs children in the foster care system.

The 85th Legislature authorized funding for this one-time matching grant program over the 2018-19 biennium. The program is in collaboration with the Department of Family and Protective Services and expands the provision of targeted case management and psychiatric rehabilitative services for children, adolescents, and their families in the Medicaid managed care program. The expansion includes STAR Health, which covers children in DFPS conservatorship and young adults in the DFPS paid placements.

"High-needs foster care children have severe emotional and behavioral disorders,” said Sonja Gaines, HHSC Deputy Executive Commissioner for IDD and Behavioral Health Services. “This award will expedite the process of identifying where rehabilitative services are needed, as well as the delivery of those services.”

Grant funding was awarded through an application process, which required a project proposal. The following apparent awardees were selected to receive funding and will begin providing services in the proposed DFPS regions pending execution of contracts.

  • Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. - Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston
  • Metrocare Services - Dallas
  • Covenant Kids - Arlington
  • Southwest Key Programs - Austin
  • Spindletop Center  - Beaumont

Funds will be used solely for costs to develop, implement, and train teams to provide these services to high-needs foster children. In addition, grant awardees are required to match a portion of the state's grant award to demonstrate their commitment to expand access to targeted case management and rehabilitative services to this population.

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