DeRay Mckesson at BookPeople- 9/15 at 6PM

Join us Saturday, September 15 at 6pm at Central Presbyterian Church

Join DeRay Mckesson – the internationally recognized civil rights leader and host of the podcast Pod Save the People – for a timely conversation on culture, social justice, and politics. Drawing from his own experiences as an organizer, educator, and public official, DeRay will explore the issues of the day and discuss the subtle structures and inherent biases that impact our communities. The conversation will also examine the core themes of DeRay’s upcoming first book, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope, a meditation on resistance, justice, and freedom, and an intimate portrait of the Black Lives Matter movement from the front lines. DeRay will be joined by special guests for a live, no-holds-barred conversation about inclusion, community, and progress designed to empower a new generation of leaders.

Presale for tickets begins Tuesday at 10am. Enter code DERAYBP and click "show available tickets" to gain access.



Office Space Available

If you are a psychiatrist or psychotherapist looking not only for office space but a professional family in which to work, our group (one psychiatrist, 4 psychologists and one psychological associate) has two offices available, furnished or unfurnished:

154sf rectangular office with windows, available M-Th after 2pm and all day F-Su, or

134sf interior office (no windows) full-time with rent reduced.

Both offices can accommodate individuals, families, or groups of 6-8 members.  Our office suite is conveniently located in northwest Austin near Steck and Mopac.  These offices are ideal for a therapist or psychiatrist interested in private practice with office management support. 

Our office suite contains a waiting room, private bathroom, and small kitchen.  The office building is located in an area with beautiful live oaks and plenty of free parking.  It is handicapped accessible and near a bus route. 

The exceptional benefits of practicing with this group of independent practitioners are compatible colleagues, weekly meetings to discuss clinical or practice management issues, a referral base, and our experienced office manager, who answers the phone, greets clients, schedules appointments and accepts payment if needed, does filing, bookkeeping and banking, and files insurance claims.  

I have been part of this group of therapists for over 25 years, and I have appreciated the daily contact with colleagues, our experienced office manager (who is great with clients), and the location.  I owe my practice success in large part to the support and expertise of my officemates.  My colleagues come from a nicely diverse collection of training programs and we are always learning from each other.  

If you or someone you know is looking for office space and a practice home, feel free to contact me at or call me at (512) 346-2332.

-Dr. Janice Morris

FREE Lunchtime Storms of Life Webinar Series

Join the FREE Lunchtime  Storms of Life Webinar Series

 presented in collaboration with

 Hogg Foundation on Mental Health, African-American Faith-Based Mental Health Initiative, 

Grace School of Theology

and CAREForce 


 Navigating the Storms of Life

Thursday, July 12, 2018

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Everyone has stressors...

from natural disasters, to cancer diagnosis, 

to interpersonal relationships. Learn how to

provide support to those in crisis. 


Suicide Talk

Thursday, July 26, 2018

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

What are your beliefs and ideas about suicide? 

 Why is it a difficult subject to talk about? 

 Gain a better understanding of suicide and

 how to help make your community suicide-safe.


To register, go to:

July is Minority Mental Health Month


It Takes a Village to Educate a Child - Seeking Donations


Sent per the request of Dr. Rosalee Martin. Please contact Dr. Martin with any questions at

As many of you know I, Dr. Rosalee Martin, have spent 46 years pouring into the lives of students;  consequently influencing how they walk in the world.  My love for students and their education will definitely be part of my legacy as will be the work I do in mental health.  I support my children and their children in securing an educational pathway that they are passionate about and where they can make major contributions to the world. Today I need your help to make my granddaughter's educational and professional dreams be realized. It takes a village to raise a child: it takes a village to educate a child!

Naomi Ruth Lands is a 17 year old young lady who recently received an associate degree from ACC and a HS degree from Reagan Early College HS .  Even though she was skipped a grade, Naomi was named salutatorian and spoke at her HS graduation; but with recalculation of her grade was told this week she was actually tied for valedictorian. What a n amazing accomplishment! Naomi wants to be an architect and selected Savanna College of Arts and Design 7 year architect program that includes a BFA, Masters in Architect and certification.  That program costs $56,000 per year (tuition, room and board).  The college only offered her $10,000, leaving 46,000 for the family to raise so that Naomi would not have such a heavy debt after college.  Naomi's father set up a go fund me page where you can make as small or as large a contribution you would like.  Pouring into the lives of our children and youth becomes everyone's responsibility.  I am asking you to pour into the life of a specific youth, Naomi Lands. 

The go fund me page is Please forward this page to your contacts, providing them with a opportunity to make a difference in Naomi's life. Thank you so much for whatever decision you make.

Fundraiser by Richard Lands : Naomi Scholarship Fund

Richard Lands needs your help today! Naomi Scholarship Fund - The purpose of this fund is to support a dynamic young lady that has made a great investment in her own education She will be graduating high school a few weeks after her 17th birthday with an associates degree in general studies in liberal arts.

Rosalee Martin

News from Travis County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition


June 30, 2018 Newsletter

Change Happens with the Preventing Opioid Misuse in Girls Project!

The Travis County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (TCYSAPC) in partnership with Cardea received a federal grant to prevent prescription and non-prescription opioid misuse among girls ages 10 to 17. One aspect of this project is the creation of a Preventing Opioid Misuse Among Girls Community of Practice (CoP). This involves calls, meetings, and training opportunities such as the March 22 workshop for Region 13 school personnel and the May 4 webinar for clinicians and school nurses on Opioid Misuse in Adolescents: Prevention and Detection. So far, the project has trained over 145 participants, and the reviews are excellent. 

To read more about the project and the activities, check out the website. To watch the recording of the May 4 webinar, click here.

75% of webinar attendees have plans to change how they work after learning about opioids & adolescents!

“Great training. One of the best I have been to in a long time”

“[I will] change the way I talk to the adolescents when I interview them”

"[I] know the best way to listen and ask questions to best screen for substance use. Now I know more of signs that should raise red flags of concern."


Opioid Drug Overdose Facts in Travis County

Although Travis County may not be in a major opioid crisis as other areas of the country, an average of 127 drug overdose deaths still occur locally each year.  This reflects an upward trend in the number of drug overdose deaths since 2006 reported Jeffery Taylor with Austin Public Health during the February TCYSAPC meeting.  He noted that from 2006 to 2016 in Travis County, 590 people died from an opioid overdose, adding that In Travis County, the rate of opioid overdose death is highest in white males, followed by black males, white females, Hispanic males, and Hispanic females.  Opioids like heroin, methadone and prescription narcotics make up 42 percent of the overdose deaths locally.  Austin Public Health notes that over-prescribing of pain medication has been the driver of the opioid epidemic with 51 prescriptions per 100 people in Travis County.  
For more on Travis County Opioid News, please go here.


TCYSAPC Invites Local Experts to Bi-Monthly Meetings

TCYSAPC has enjoyed a variety of fascinating speakers at bi-monthly meetings this Spring including Dr. Martinelli with UT Austin Dept of Neuroscience presenting on the Neurobiology of Addiction; Cathy Collins from Christi Center on their Loss to Overdose group; Camille Clark with LifeWorks discussing their Community-Based Peer Support and Counseling Program for transition-age youth trauma, impact substance use; and representatives from the Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative (TONI) on role and administering of naxolone for opioid overdose. 

Our next TCYSAPC meeting will be August 5th at LifeWorks East from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. 

For more information on TCYSAPC Meetings, please go here.


Therapist needed ASAP

We've been informed of a 26 year-old female who would like to start working intensively with a therapist but her family is having difficulty finding someone who is taking new patients. She needs to start working with a clinician as soon as possible.

They are seeking the following:

  • A clinician who accepts Scott and White Health Plan, preferred HMO for State of Texas employees - a SWHP provider is ideal, but not likely - so sliding scale would be helpful
  • In the Austin/Round Rock/Cedar Park area - likely needs to be seen at least weekly
  • Experienced in treating patients with mood disorders and chronic and persistent suicidal ideation
  • Prefer someone willing to treat Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Prefer someone certified in EMDR
  • Registered play therapist would also be helpful
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)preferred
  • No gender preference

Please email Dawn at or by phone at 512-731-6739. Please copy on the email as well, for referral tracking purposes only.

Thanks kindly!!

Integral Care Career Opportunities

About Integral Care

Vision:  Healthy Living for Everyone

Mission:  To improve the lives of people affected by behavioral health and developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.

Integral Care is committed to fostering an open, inclusive and supportive environment that welcomes and embraces diversity of all forms. Applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged.

To view career opportunities, go to:

Call for Proposals- 3rd Annual South Asian Mental Health Conference

CALL FOR PROPOSALS for Symposia and Poster Sessions at the

3rd Annual South Asian Mental Health Conference

November 2018

Fremont, CA

We are considering to possibly have a 2-day format. So the dates will be November 10 ( 1 day format ) and November 11 ( 2 day format)

We are seeking proposals, which are informed by research, theory, and practice in South Asian mental health.  Topics can address any aspects of South Asian mental health including but not limited to stigmas of mental health, barriers to utilization of services, lack of research, importance of religion/culture, experiences working with the South Asian community, highlighting projects/theories utilized in work with the South Asian community and gaps in support and supervision.  We would like the proposals to integrate multicultural perspective and have a social justice focus.  We are welcoming any types of proposals (dissertations, research studies, community projects, grassroots work models/theories, etc.)  We aim to showcase work, which illustrate the importance of providing culturally informed and competent mental health services to the South Asian community.  We are interested in providing a conference that highlights the unique experiences of the South Asian community and have attendees walk away with tools they can utilize in their clinical work.  

Proposals can be submitted by any individuals in the mental health field (undergraduate students, graduate students, professionals, etc)  

Details and submission requirements are as follows:

1. The submission form must be completed and emailed to

2. The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2018 at midnight

3. Co-authors are welcome (including graduate and postdoctoral students)

Details of the submission:

1. Title

2. Type of proposal :

3. Abstract (250 words limit)

4. Summary of what will be covered in your poster or symposia (600 words limit)

5. Author’s contact (Name, email, phone number)

Author’s school or organization affiliation

[If there is more than one author, please provide info of other authors]

Only Applicants who are accepted will be notified by September 20, 2018

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Preet K. Sabharwal, PsyD or Nina Kaur, M.A. at

Podcast: 4ABHN-Hope for Healing Event

Thanks to each of you who supported the Hope for Healing event in April. Hogg Foundation's public affairs representative, Imani "Ike" Evans, interviewed Rev. Joseph Parker and a few other guests and recorded this outstanding podcast highlighting the event. 

Click on the link below to listen to the podcast: 

During the last couple weeks of March, a series of package bombings shook the community of Austin, Texas and made national headlines. This tragedy hits close to home for many in Austin, including us here at the Hogg Foundation. In response, we co-organized an event, called Hope for Healing, which took place in East Austin—the area of town where a number of the bombings occurred. The event offered dialogue, healing and connection, as well as candid conversation about what many of us experienced.

One of the featured speakers was Joseph Parker, Senior Pastor of David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Austin. In this conversation, he share his thoughts on the role faith has to play in community responses to, and ultimate recovery from, trauma.

Click on the link below to listen to the podcast: 

FELLOWSHIP: Peer Policy Fellowship at Texas Jail Project

Hogg Foundation’s Peer Policy Fellowship at Texas Jail Project

We are: A small advocacy group based in Austin, Texas that strives to empower Texas families to find services and solutions for incarcerated loved ones in crisis and to transform Texas county jails into more humane, healthier facilities. 

We want: A Peer Policy Fellow who brings direct experience into the conversations about mental health, addiction, and criminal justice reform. With support from your supervisor and mentor, you will build relationships with key stakeholders, raise awareness about the cruel links between mental health challenges/addiction and criminal justice involvement; gather and analyze information about current issues and TJP cases; and develop written, audio, and video materials for social and traditional media. This position is funded through a two-year grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

You have:
• Lived experience with mental illness and/or substance use leading to experience with incarceration.
• Two years paid or volunteer experience being a recovery or reentry coach.
• Demonstrable history of willingness to use your lived experience for systems advocacy.
• Skill in communicating in formal and informal settings. 
• Self-direction and ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in teams.
• A passion for improving Texas criminal justice policy.

You might also have:
• Certification as a Reentry Peer Specialist or Recovery Coach.
• Work experience related to jails and mental health agencies at the state and county levels.
• Familiarity with the diverse cultures and languages of Texas.

Why should you apply?
You will be part of a small, nimble organization in Austin and will report directly to the Executive Director, Diana Claitor. The position pays $43,000 annually plus benefits and includes intensive professional development, networking, and content learning through participation in the Hogg Mental Health Policy Academy and mentorship provided by Lynda Frost.  Most importantly, Texas Jail Project* works on the front lines of policy change for some of Texas’ most vulnerable people.


*The Jail Project of Texas is our official name as a nonprofit tax-exempt organization in IRS and Secretary of State records, but we do business as Texas Jail Project.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references to:

Texas Jail Project
Att: Diana Claitor
1712 E. Riverside Drive Box 190,
Austin, Texas 78741

We will review applications beginning May 28th and will accept applications until the position is filled.

The Texas Jail Project is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, citizenship status, Vietnam era or special disabled veteran's status, or sexual orientation.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Integral Care Career Opportunities

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About Integral Care

Vision:  Healthy Living for Everyone

Mission:  To improve the lives of people affected by behavioral health and developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.

Integral Care is committed to fostering an open, inclusive and supportive environment that welcomes and embraces diversity of all forms. Applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged.

Manager/Supervisor/Team Lead positions - Depending on the level of leadership, leadership positions require a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a major specialization in the related field.  Salary varies.  There are 9 current leadership openings including:

·       2 Program Specialist


·       1 Grants Manager


·       3 Supervisor


·       3 LPHA Team Lead


Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts (LPHA) - All LPHA positions require a Master's degree with a major specialization in Human/Behavioral/Social Services or related field.  Licensure as an LPHA, LPC, LCSW, Licensed Psychologist, or LMFT is required.  Salary is at $55,602 - $63,616 annually, depending on licensed experience.  There are 7 current LPHA openings including:

·       6 LPHA


·       1 School Based Therapist


Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC/CI) positions - All LCDC/CI positions require a Bachelor's degree with a major specialization in Human/Behavioral/Social Services or related field.  Typically a minimum of two years of direct service provider experience working with adults experiencing substance use disorders or dually diagnosed with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders is preferred.  Licensure as an LCDC or LCDC-I is required.  Salary is at $37,140 - $45,024 annually, depending on licensed experience.  There are 3 current LCDC/CI openings including:

·       3 LCDC/CI


Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) positions - All QMHP positions require a Bachelor's degree with a major specialization in Human/Behavioral/Social Services or related field.  Typically a minimum of two years’ experience in mental health is preferred.  Starting Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) salary is at $35,819 - $37,914 annually based on experience, but internal applicants are subject to Integral Care’s QMHP career ladder.  There are 20 current QMHP openings including:

·       6 QMHP


·       2 Case Manager


·       9 Service Coordinator


·       1 Housing Specialist


·       3 Rehabilitation Specialist


In addition to these opportunities, Integral Care employs a variety of non-direct service positions.  To view all career opportunities, please visit our Careers page at

TRAINING: Leadership Austin 2019 Applications NOW OPEN


This year decide to do something for yourself personally and professionally. Come learn about our community at a systems level and how to lead in the midst of those systems.

Why Leadership Austin? Leadership Austin offers established and emerging business and community leaders a unique opportunity to be part of a group that has come together to:

  • Develop their personal and professional leadership skills;
  • Learn about the issues affecting Greater Austin through open and balanced civic discussion; and,
  • Build relationships with others who seek to find solutions to the issues facing our region. 

Leadership Austin is recruiting for our 2019 Essential and Emerge programs. Not sure which program might be right for you? Review our program comparison and join us for any one of our upcoming recruiting receptions. Applications now available and due June 30th.  


Are you an established leader who wants to gain a better understanding of the most challenging issues in the Greater Austin area -- apply to our Essential program.



Are you a young professional who is looking to grow in your leadership skills and to meet an amazing group of motivated community contributors -- apply to our Emerge program.


EVENT: NAMI Bridges to Hope: Mental Health Training for Faith Leader, 4/28/18

Bridges to Hope  | Saturday, April 28 | 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Wesley United Methodist

Bridges to Hope is a 3-hour interfaith mental health introductory training developed by the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The introductory training includes

  • An informative overview of prevalent mental health myths and common symptoms of mental health disorders
  • Simple ideas for building “bridges to hope” for your faith community
  • A tool kit of community mental health resources
  • A tool for developing an action plan to address the needs in your community and optional post-training support

The team presenting the training includes Ricky Allen, a young man living with schizophrenia, who will share his story and how his faith community has supported his recovery. 

I encourage you to watch this short video of Ricky and his family

Registration is required. Please click here to register today!

EVENT: Mental Health Awareness Workshop, 5/5/18

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Good afternoon,

Please note the attached information regarding a "Mental Health Awareness Workshop" that David Chapel's "Health & Wellness" and "Stephen Ministry" ministries are presenting onSaturday, May 5, 2018, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.  A workshop for children and youth, ages 10-18, is also available.

Free breakfast will be provided and RSVP is required.  

Please distribute and thank you for your support.

Until we meet again, be blessed!


Pastor Joseph C. Parker, Jr., Esq., D.Min.
David Chapel Missionary Baptist Church
Follow on Twitter @PasParkerParker