The Texas Health and Human Services Commission granted the University of North Texas with $400,000 to expand its Health Community Collaborative program to rural areas. The program is designed to combat homelessness and criminal recidivism.
With the grant, program leaders will work to develop and implement ways to provide consultation and training for people in rural areas who interact with at-risk populations, from emergency personnel to clergy members.
“By training community leaders in these areas to recognize the barriers to successful recovery and providing them with appropriate, evidence-based mental health and/or substance use disorder interventions, post-arrest jail diversion options, housing services and meaningful job development strategies, we anticipate a positive impact for individuals who are homeless and those with repeated arrests,” said Chandra Carey, chair of the Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services and co-principal investigator for the grant, in a news release.
The 15-month project will work with several rural counties in Texas: Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Gonzales, Marion, Harrison, Panola, Victoria and Lamar.