The Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) contributes $750,000 to The Heart of Texas Behavioral Health Network (HOTBHN) to bridge the gap of comprehensive, integrated behavioral health in Limestone, Freestone, and Falls counties.

This EHF grant funding will support, over two years, the launch of comprehensive, integrated behavioral health programming in HOTBHN’s counties where physical and behavioral health care options are often limited. Creating a comprehensive and integrated healthcare system will support individuals and communities to gain greater access to healthcare and health outcomes.

“It’s extremely exciting to receive this funding from EHF, as one of HOTBHN’S primary goals is to advance physical and behavioral health integration throughout its six-county service area, specifically its rural areas,” says Ron Kimbell, Director at HOTBHN’s Klaras Center for Families, which provides Child & Adolescent services for the agency.

Tom Christian, Director of Grants and Special Projects for HOTBHN adds: “Our main goal with this EHF grant, entitled ‘Widening the Safety Net,’ is to launch a comprehensive rural integrated health program, build on already-established partnerships, and coordinate essential resources to accomplish the program’s goals.”

The grant provided by the Episcopal Health Foundation will directly support HOTBHN’s mission by providing a system where individuals and communities are offered accessible, caring, and responsive services.

The Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF) is based in Houston and was founded in 2013 by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. EHF focuses on improving community health and offering individuals in lower socio-economic communities, with few resources, a healthier lifestyle by supporting innovative programs for individuals’ well-being and health. EHF also supports research, various forms of grantmaking, and congregational and community engagement.


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