Nonprofit Newswire | A Local Philanthropic Response to Mental Health Policy Environment

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July 21, 2010; Source: Hogg Foundation | The Hogg Foundation in Texas announced an innovative fellows program yesterday, designed to train and mentor a new generation of policy advocates in mental health. Three organizations in Austin and two in Houston have been awarded grants to hire an in-house fellow who will be mentored. The foundation is also setting up a Mental Health Policy Academy. “Texas needs more advocates who understand the state’s complex mental health system and who know how to improve it through public policy work. These five fellows have a rare opportunity to learn the art of public policy work from seasoned experts,” said Dr. Octavio N. Martinez Jr., executive director of the foundation.—Ruth McCambridge