Funding/RFP Announcement: Austin Travis Integral Care

The Families with Voices/Familias con Voces program is committed to providing quality wraparound services to children and families in the Manor, Texas area.  Wraparound services include plans that are designed to meet the individualized needs of participating families and to address those needs through an array of services and supports in the community.  In order to ensure that a broad array of supports and service options are available to participating families, Integral Care has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP).  The intention of this RFP is build the program’s capacity for families to make individualized choices about their support systems and to ensure that any array of services made available to participating families are best value in terms of choice, quality and cost. RFPs may be sent electronically, by contacting Brody Ballard at beginning May 15, 2017. The deadline to submit a proposal under the RFP is 4 p.m. CST on June 30, 2017. Historically Underutilized Businesses, including Minority-Owned Businesses and Women-Owned Businesses, are encouraged to apply.

Austin Area African American Behavioral Health Network Meeting

Austin Area African American Behavioral Health Network Invites You to a Meeting

May 31, 2017, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CST

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
3001 Lake Austin Blvd, 4th Floor

Please join us for a meeting hosted by the Austin Area African American Behavioral Health Network. This group meets regularly to share resources and information, network, discuss current topics and hear presentations by mental health consumers, family members and professionals interested in mental wellness in the African American community.

Did you know that one of 4ABHN’s latest members is the director of the Health and Counseling Center at St. Edward’s University?Well now you do! Come have lunch and welcome Dr. Calvin Kelly, who will discuss myths about the mental health of college students and the different aspects of integrated care in a college setting.

Please assist us in determining how many people will attend by completing the online registration form TODAY.

Click the "Register" button below to RSVP. Please forward this invitation to interested colleagues.

Parking Permit Required

Please arrive at least 10-15 minutes early to receive a free parking permit from our receptionist to place in your car. This will be a busy day at the foundation. Additional visitor parking is available on the other side of the driveway east of the building. We are located on the 4th floor. See map for directions and parking information.


Please contact me if you have any questions. Thank you for your response. We look forward to seeing you!


Vicky Coffee

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health



Job Posting for CASA of Travis County

CASA of Travis County

Job Description

Position: Intake & Retention Manager

Reports to: Director of Program Innovation

Effective: May 2017

CASA of Travis County has a full-time Intake & Retention Manager position available. The Intake & Retention Manager reports to the Director of Program Innovation and guides CASA of Travis County to identify, institutionalize, and sustain best practices, particularly in the areas of support and retention of volunteers. In this role, the Intake & Retention Manager provides leadership, expertise and ongoing support to staff and volunteers as it relates to performance and retention efforts at CASA of Travis County. Additionally, the Intake & Retention Manager works to ensure appropriate and effective matches between new cases, volunteers, and Child Advocacy Specialists, by working closely with the Director of Program Innovation, the Early Family Engagement Specialist, the Team Leaders, and other members of the Program team. The Intake & Retention Manager works with the Team Leaders to coordinate the process of training and onboarding new Child Advocacy Specialists, ensuring that they receive thorough training in effective volunteer management and other essential skills.

See our website ( for complete list of required qualifications. EOE. Please send cover letter, resume and application to or fax to 512.459.4550. No phone calls please.

Free Manor Independent School District's Family Engagement Conference-June 23-24, 2017 (Friday and Saturday)

Building Bridges Stakeholders, FYI.

· Manor Independent School District  (MISD) and its Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) College Prep Program are hosting MISD’s first, annual Family Engagement Conference, June 23rd-June 24th.

· The free conference will provide a series of informative, interactive sessions focused on academics, health and wellness, and community resources, as well as a resource fair and a series of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

· To be a part of this innovative conference; share your knowledge and insight by submitting a session proposal that engages parents and empowers families. See this link:

· The Conference is free. Food and childcare are provided.

· If interested in being a workshop presenter and for additional information, contact:

Dr. Christopher Harvey

Federal & State Programs Director MISD
AVID District Director
(512) 278-4454

Free CEU--- The Neuropsychiatry of Well: An Intersection of Mind, Body & Soul by Dr. Kimberly Arlinghaus- Wed, May 17th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mind, Body & Soul by Dr. Kimberly Arlinghaus- Wed, May 17th 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Importance: High

Hello Cross Creek Hospital Family & Friends!

Please join us on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 fora very special presentation of “The Neuropsychiatry of Wellness: An Intersection of Mind, Body & Soul” by

Dr. Kimberly Arlinghaus at Cross Creek Hospital from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch will be served.

Please RSVP to:

See you next Wednesday!

TJ McDow

Job Posting: Executive Director, Capital Area Counseling

Executive Director, Capital Area Counseling

Capital Area Counseling (CAC) is nonprofit organization that exists to positively and significantly impact the mental health and well-being of the greater Austin community by providing low-cost, accessible, high-quality mental health services, in the form of psychotherapy, to all central Texans who desire them and an unparalleled training environment for pre- and post-graduate therapists from all the licensed counseling professions.

As an agency that thrives on community we envision a person who values collaborative leadership, is committed to diversity and social justice, actively engages in personal growth and who thrives in a dynamic, connected and fluid environment. 

CAC’s ED is directly accountable to the Board of Directors and is responsible for

·         The financial viability of the agency.

·         Managing the overall operations within the vision and mission of the organization.

·         Supervising CAC staff and supporting volunteer interns.

·         Building and maintaining partnerships and extending community.

·         Ensuring our counseling services remain accessible and of the highest quality we can offer.

Minimum Qualifications, Skills and Experience

·         Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

·         Passion for community mental health.

·         Understanding and commitment to CAC’s vision, mission, core values and way of being.

·         Excellent interpersonal skills.

·         Demonstrated effectiveness working with diverse populations.

·         Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.

·         Skills to collaborate with board members and other volunteers.

·         Proven ability to exercise a high level of discretion and confidentiality.

·         A solid knowledge of budgeting, financial management and resource development.

·         Experience administering or coordinating a program.

·         Experience working with nonprofit organizations and preferred experience working with volunteers or as a volunteer.

·         A community-minded spirit, preferably including experience creating and nourishing internal and external relationships and partnerships through a variety of methods.

This is a full-time 40+ whatever it takes position with a generous paid time off policy.  Salary is negotiable based on experience. 

If you’re interested, please email a cover letter and resume to  

Ruslyn Smith, LCSW

Executive Director

2824 Real Street, Austin, TX 78722

(512) 302-1000 x105

The Art of Science and Love Couples' Workshop Discounts for Healthcare Professionals

Spend two days with your partner in the heart of Austin, Texas learning about how to build friendship, intimacy, and closeness; manage conflict, repair, and heal emotional injuries; and build a strong foundation of shared values, interests, and closeness. Based on Drs. John and Julie Gottman's 40+ years of research, this trademarked workshop offers you the best science based relationship health model. Workshop will be led by Senior Gottman Therapist and Master Trainer for the Gottman Institute, Dr. Vagdevi Meunier.

Time and Location:
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
April 29- 30, 2017
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

$650 before April 15, 2017 early registration
$750 standard registration
Email us for discounts for Students, Health Professionals, and Military Veterans

Register online or email for more questions

Clinical Assistant Faculty Position: UT School of Social Work

Job Description:

The School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin, is seeking applicants for a full-time, non-tenure track position (Clinical Assistant Professor). Responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate and master’s-level courses; placement, monitoring, and evaluation of students’ field practicum experiences; and service to the university through committee structures. Required qualifications are a master’s degree in social work and a minimum of two years of practice experience.  Preferred qualifications include: supervisory, field instruction, and teaching experience; professional licensure, and expertise in teaching and leading initiatives in cultural and ethnic diversity.

Please contact if interested.

Mental Health & Substance Use Recovery in the LGBTQ community

We are looking for people that are LGBTQIA, or their family, friends or allies, that can tell us about their experience accessing mental health or substance use recovery services. Participants should be between the ages of 3-85. 

Please help SHARE this survey far and wide! I had some amazing support and assistance to develop this survey, from the amazing staff at the TA Network, Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA) and so many other expert partners from across the nation and right here in Texas.

If you know families that have lost a child to suicide that may have identified as LGBTQ, please forward to them as well. We need to reach every corner of Texas with this survey by the end of April.

Candace Aylor, RN, CFP

Health Policy & Systems Consultant


Twitter: @CandaceAylor

LinkedIn: @CandaceAylor

Facebook: @CandaceAylorConsulting

Cell: 512-999-4569 

Webinar on Improving Your Practice – A Primer on First Episode Psychosis 4/19/17


A Primer on First Episode Psychosis: Where To Begin Improving Your Practice?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 1–2 p.m. Eastern Time

Many young people have their first experience with serious mental and/or substance use disorders during the ages of 16 to 25. While this period of development can be an effective launch into a solid adulthood, often transition-age youth (TAY) face increased challenges and risks, needing services and supports they may no longer be eligible to receive or know how to find.

This second webinar in the Recovery to Practice series on recovery-oriented clinical treatment and support for TAY will:

  • Describe first episode psychosis.
  • Present an overview of current research on treatment models, such as the National Institute of Mental Health's Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) project.
  • Examine the different aspects of coordinated specialty care treatments and supports for young people who are experiencing first episode psychosis.
  • Explore how practitioners can make concrete changes in services to better meet the needs of youth and their families today.

Featured Presenter:

Lisa Dixon, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and the director of the Division of Behavioral Health Services and Policy Research within the Department of Psychiatry. She also directs the Center for Practice Innovations at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Dixon oversees the implementation of evidenced-based practices for individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness activities for the New York State Office of Mental Health. She leads the innovative program, OnTrackNY, a New York State initiative designed to improve outcomes and reduce disability for young people who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Dr. Dixon's work has joined individuals engaged in self-help, outpatient psychiatric care, and clinicians and policymakers in collaborative research endeavors. Dr. Dixon also serves on the Steering Committee for SAMHSA's Recovery to Practice project.

Newsletter: Black Psychiatrists of America

Read the newsletter here

Newsletter courtesy of:
William B. Lawson MD, PhD, DLFAPA
Associate Dean for Health Disparities
Dell Medical School
George I. Sanchez Building
1912 Speedway
Mail Code D2000
Austin, Texas  78712

Director of Community Health Programs Sandra Joy Anderson Center
and Professor Huston-Tillotson University
Director of Health Disparities Policy and Research
Austin Travis County Integral Care
Emeritus Professor of  Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Howard University

Editor-in-Chief : Journal of the National Medical Association

Ronnie Pait
Assistant to Dr. William Lawson
o: 512-495-4703  |

YWCA April Events

There's a lot going on at the YWCA!

Workshops & Events
April 2017

Women of Color Leading Change: A Community Conversation

Thursday, April 27th

6:30 - 9:00 PM
Location TBA
FREE (Suggested $10 Donation)

On the 110th Anniversary of the YWCA Greater Austin, our Stand Against Racism event honors the self-identified Women of Color and allies that have made history through courage, connection and change.

YWCA Greater Austin
2015 S IH-35, Suite 110
Austin, TX 78741

YWCA Greater Austin is excited to continue their mission to eliminate racism and empower women by educating the community on gender and race-based issues. We hope you join us!

Prices vary by workshop. For discounted prices, sign up to be a YWCA Member, by individual or business!

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EVENT: March 4, 2017-A Building Bridges Toolkit: Connecting and Reconnecting Ourselves-Before-During-After Conflicts- Disconnects-Disunity-Divides

Come to First Saturday Reconciliation in Peace at Mt. ZARC: If you know of and/or have resources, please bring them & share them.

Willingness To Repent and To Forgive Build Bridges of Faith and Peace;

Unwillingness to Repent and To Forgive Build Walls of Fear and Pain.

Dialogue A: All *People (We, You, Me, Us, Them, They & Those), Past and Present, Are Lovable, Forgivable and Reconcilable,

Right Now, When We Know: How, Why and What It Means and Doesn’t Mean To Love, Remember, Repent and To Forgive.

Dialogue B. When you have been wronged, others have been wronged; you have wronged someone and are enemies to ourselves, each other and one another;

How is it possible to Remember, Repent, Love, Forgive and Live in Peace; Harmony; Joy; Togetherness; Grace; Mercy and Reconcile?

Dialogue C. Connecting and Reconnecting Ourselves Before-During-After Conflicts-Disconnects-Disunity-Divides

1. How Do The United States of America, Texas and The Travis County/Austin Area:

a. Remember their Race Supremacy, Race Fear, Race Terrorism Addiction;

b. Resolve Their Denial, Reluctance and Unwillingness to Repent for Constructing Legalized Slavery and Terrorism Against Slaves Then and Racism Against Descendants of Slaves Today and Non-White Communities of Color; and

c. Reconcile the Past and Present Fear and Pain Victim Impacts upon both Non-White Communities and White Communities?

2. How Do Descendants of Slaves and Non-White Communities Today:

a. Remember and Forgive The United States of America, Texas and The Travis County/ Austin Area For their Race Supremacy, Race Fear, Race Terrorism Addiction;

b. Their Denial, Reluctance and Unwillingness to Repent for Constructing Legalized Slavery and Terrorism Against Slaves Then and Racism Against Descendants of Slaves Today and Non-White Communities of Color and

c. Reconcile the Past and Present Fear and Pain Victim Impacts upon both Non-White and White Communities?

Note: Outlining Reference for Ease of Reading and Retention May (or May Not) Be Of Value

· Reference: “Loving Your Enemies”-Martin Luther King, Jr; Nobel Peace Prize Winner-

When: March 4, 2017; 10a.m.-12noon; Casual Dress; Free-

Where: Mt. Zion Action and Resource Center; 2951 East 14th Street Austin, Texas 78702; 512/479-9890; All are welcome-All are respected.

For Counseling, call 211; for emergencies, call 911.

Note: Afterwards, We Are Invited To Attend and Participate in the 1:30p.m.-3p.m. Austin Independent School District Town Hall at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex; 1156 Hargrave; Austin, Texas 78702.

Supports: Travis County/Austin Area Community Advancement Network (CAN)

Supports: City of Austin African American Resource Advisory Commission

Contact: Mike Manor, LCSW, ACSW; 512/854-9172; ; Chair, Building Bridges: Brick by Brick Quality Assurance Program Administrator, Travis County Health and Human Services

Call for MMHPI Summer Internship Applications

February 10, 2017

Dear MMHPI Valued Partner,

We would like to extend an opportunity to you – one of our valued stakeholders – to invite outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in mental health policy to apply for our 2017 Summer Internship Program.

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute (MMHPI) launched its inaugural Summer Internship Program in 2015. The broad objective of the program is to provide wide-ranging experience with mental health policy and related issues facing Texans. Opportunities include high-level participation in quality, nonpartisan and objective policy research and development to improve mental health services in Texas.

We consider Interns valuable contributors to our work, and the program seeks to provide broad exposure to every aspect of our mission and vision. We also attempt to personalize the internship experience. This means encouraging each person to choose an area of interest as a focal point of their internship experience. In the past, interns have focused in areas such as smart justice, evaluation, children’s mental health, and communications.

Please consider forwarding this letter to students you recommend for this experience.

The summer internship opportunity, which runs June 5 through August 11, 2017, may be based in Dallas or Austin. Interns receive a stipend for their participation. If students would like to integrate the internship with a practicum or other credit-bearing experience, we will work with them to meet those requirements. We offer a 10-week (40 hours per week) internship period to maximize exposure and professional development. There is some flexibility in scheduling to meet the needs and goals of students.

Students interested in applying should send a signed cover letter, resume, and one-page writing sample (personalizing their interest in mental health policy) to the following email address: Students should include in their cover letter any time period during the internship program which they would need to be away on vacation or other personal business.

We plan to begin making offers for the internship positions in early March 2017. Students should submit their application materials by Friday, March 17th, but as early as possible for optimal consideration. Offers will be made on a rolling basis and, depending on the strength of the applicant pool, our plan is to offer up to four positions.

We are very excited to once again be able to offer this program, and look forward to an enriching summer experience with successful candidates.

Thank you,

Andy Keller

President & CEO

Hogg Foundation Job Vacancy

The University of Texas at Austin Job Posting

Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Executive Assistant


Hiring department Hogg Foundation

Monthly salary $4,333+ depending on qualifications

Hours per week 40.00 Standard from 800AM to 500PM

Posting number 17-02-08-01-9010

Job Status Open

FLSA status Exempt

Earliest Start Date Immediately

Position Duration Funding expected to continue

Position open to all applicants

Location Lake Austin Centre (Lake Austin Blvd.)

Number of vacancies 1

General Notes

This position is located off campus at UT's Lake Austin Centre on Lake Austin Blvd.

Please click here for more information:

Job opportunities- Austin Public Health

Austin Public Health, Health and Human Services has new employment opportunities within HHSD:

Grants Coordinator (HIV Services/HECE)

  • Supervisor: Greg Bolds
  • Fulltime
  • Regular
  • Posting dates: 02/02/2017-02/23/2017

Public Health Prog. Spec. III (Refugee Clinic/DPHP)

  • Supervisor: Akeshia Johnson Smothers
  • Fulltime
  • Regular
  • Posting dates: 02/01/2017-02/24/2017

HHS Prog. Supervisor (CD Outreach/DPHP)

  • Supervisor: Akeshia Johnson Smothers
  • Fulltime
  • Regular
  • Posting dates: 01/31/2017-02/24/2017

Job opening: Expect Respect Counselor

Expect Respect is looking for a Counselor. This FULL TIME, EXEMPT position will:

  • Provide school-based counseling and support groups for boys who have been involved in or exposed to any form of violence or abuse.
  • Conduct individual intake, clinical/risk assessment and counseling sessions
  • Facilitate weekly curriculum-based group sessions for boys in middle and high schools
  • Work as part of a team to conduct professional training and prevention activities for youth and adults throughout the school year.

For more information and to apply online visit: