Release Date: April 2, 2019
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation seeks LOIs to consider for programs informed by regional behavioral health consortia that address behavioral health system gaps not otherwise covered by government or reimbursed by health coverage.
The programs will help meet the Health Foundation’s goal for Behavioral Health Consortia efforts to “increase coordination and communication among regional stakeholders to improve the system of care.”
**Note: a separate call for LOI was released seeking programs to reduce stigma and negative bias under the Think.Change initiative. ** The Health Foundation uses the LOI process to welcome a wide-range of proposals from a diverse applicant pool. After review, the Health Foundation will invite selected applicants to submit a full proposal
Behavioral Health System Defined
For this LOI process, the Health Foundation defines a behavioral health system as inclusive of treatment, navigation, support and health promotion services for mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), addiction and related substance use disorders, and other related disorders.
What We Will Fund
Health Foundation Role in Behavioral Health System Improvement
The Health Foundation does not fund illness treatment services. The Health Foundation’s role, in conjunction with the Empower Change Backbone, is to serve as a neutral convener and facilitator on each of the community collaboratives and related work groups. Work to improve the Paso del Norte region’s behavioral health systems under the Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being Priority Area will strive to achieve an “Ideal Behavioral Health System.” The El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium leaders accepted the definition of an ideal behavioral health system as: an inclusive collaborative system (including criminal justice, law enforcement, veterans’ services, juvenile justice, child welfare, schools, homeless providers, health systems); organized within whatever resources are available at every possible level (policy, program, procedure, and practice); customer-driven and focused on meeting or exceeding the service and support needs of individuals and families; person-centered, recovery and resiliency-oriented; integrated, trauma-informed, culturally competent, and organized from a population health perspective; set up to meet the needs of individuals and families with complex, co-occurring conditions of all types (mental health, substance use disorders, medical, cognitive, housing, legal, parenting, etc.); and prepared to support individuals and families as they make progress to achieve the happiest, most hopeful, and productive lives they possibly can. Other communities in Texas are using this ideal system definition to compare against their community’s current behavioral health system. LOIs submitted to the Health Foundation will be in complement with goals from the following regional Consortia and related workgroups:
El Paso County: The El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium (Consortium) was convened in 2013 to examine the El Paso County behavioral health system in preparation for future service needs and funding trends. The Health Foundation played a lead role in transitioning the Consortium into an effective system of care collaborative. An assessment of the El Paso County behavioral health system was completed in early 2014. The assessment describes what an ideal behavioral health system of care should be for El Paso and it compares El Paso County’s system to the ideal system of care making specific recommendations on ways to address known system gaps. The Consortium leadership accepted the report as a benchmark and developed a council structure with an aim to achieve the ideal behavioral health system. Consortium action plans can be found at: HealthyPasodelNorte.org
Southern New Mexico: In 2016, the Health Foundation began efforts to develop similar collaborations in Southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juárez. At that time an existing collaborative in Doña Ana County had a priority to address behavioral health concerns within the justice system. With a Health Foundation partnership to enhance the 2016 Domenici Institute Annual Conference, the collaborative was strengthened and confirmed its name and structure as the Doña Ana Wellness Institute. The Doña Ana Wellness Institute and the Local Behavioral Health Collaborative - 3 in Doña Ana County work on goals to improve the system of care. In Otero County, the Otero County Community Health Council and the Local Behavioral Health Collaborative – 12, also work with community stakeholders to improve the system of care; Health Foundation and Empower Change team members participate in these groups and support their efforts. For more information on Doña Ana and Otero County behavioral health systems, contact Enrique Mata at 915-218-2617 or email@example.com .
Ciudad Juárez: In 2016, a consortium was also developed in Ciudad Juárez with the assistance of the Mexican arm of the United States/Mexico Border Health Commission. The group, now known as ROTMENAS (an acronym describing the charge of the group to improve the Juárez behavioral health system, inclusive of treatment and health promotion services for mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), and other related disorders including substance use disorders) now convenes regularly and is building strength, structure and synergy among the more than 33 organization partners. The ROTMENAS strategic plan and goals can be found at: https://rotmenas.saludfronterizachihuahua.org/
Deadlines & Schedule
- Letters of intent are due via the Health Foundation’s on-line application system by: May 16, 2019.
- Invitations for full proposals will be announced by: June 4,2019.
- Full proposals are due by: July 18, 2019.
- Projected funding cycle start date is: November 1, 2019, but other dates may be proposed.
Eligibility And Selection Criteria
Eligible applicants include nonprofit tax-exempt organizations, including churches and units of government, located in the Paso del Norte region. See the Paso del Norte Health Foundation website: www.pdnhf.org for more information about grant guidelines.
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation operates in a unique binational environment, which stretches across two countries and three states. This region serves the 2.4 million people living in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties in far west Texas, Doña Ana, Luna, and Otero Counties in southern New Mexico, and the municipality of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
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