The Center for Child and Family Studies Receives Grant to Hire Mental Health Policy Fellow


The Center for Child and Family Studies (Center), a supporting 501c3 organization of the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services, has been selected to receive a two-year grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health for a fully funded policy fellow position. The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health announced this week that the Texas Center is one of the few organizations selected for this prestigious award.  

The Center has started the hiring/selection process with a targeted start date of July 1st, 2020. Details on requirements for this position and how to apply can be found here, applications will be accepted through June 8th.

The Hogg Foundation first launched the Mental Health Policy Academy and Fellows initiative in 2010. The program builds both individual and organizational capacity for effective mental health policy and advocacy work. Hired fellows and their mentors attend the Hogg Mental Health Policy Academy that provides training and support for advocacy work in Texas. This award will help reinforce the connection between mental health and child welfare.  

“This grant provides a significant opportunity to further support child welfare providers and to increase their abilities to better understand and support children’s mental health needs within the child welfare system. Children, youth and families involved or at-risk of becoming involved in the child welfare system often face barriers to accessing mental health services, yet, it is a widespread need. We look forward to welcoming a new team member to assist in supporting these efforts,” said Katie Olse, CEO of the Center for Child and Family Studies and the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services.

The Mental Health Policy Fellow will assist with policy-related projects designed to catalyze change and improve the mental health of children and families involved in or at risk of becoming involved in the child welfare system. Projects will be focused on the needs of direct service providers and community organizations serving these children and families.

“The next legislative session will be taking place either amid the COVID-19 pandemic or in its immediate aftermath, so the state’s mental health needs will be especially severe,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation and Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin. “We all stand to benefit from the difficult and important work that these policy fellows will be doing.  We are grateful to the Texas Center for their leadership and commitment to improving direct services for children and youth.  We look forward to the work ahead.”