On Tuesday, officials with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PdNHF) placed an open call for letters of intent (LOI) from eligible organizations for funding consideration to help reduce stigma and negative bias associated with mental illness.
The funding will be based on one of the following interest areas that the organizations can focus on:
- Implementation of evidence-based training to reduce mental illness stigma and bias among people (i.e. teachers, landlords, law enforcement, etc.) who have frequent contact with individuals with a mental health condition.
- Implementation of evidence-based education programs for individuals and families on emotional health, mental illness symptoms, management, and treatment options.
- Implementation of evidence-based navigator training for individuals willing to serve as advocates, system navigators, or volunteer presenters, including people with lived experience.
- Advocacy for policy change aimed at reducing the stigma and negative bias associated with mental illness.
PdNHF officials added that s separate LOI was also released, seeking programs informed by regional behavioral health consortia that address behavioral health system gaps not otherwise covered by the government or reimbursed by health coverage.
The foundation was established in 1995 from the sale of Providence Memorial Hospital to Tenet Healthcare Corporation and seeks to ensure that the people living in far west Texas, southern New Mexico and Juárez, have the knowledge, resources, and skills to lead healthy lives.
The deadline to submit online applications to the Health Foundation website is Monday, April 26, 2021.