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MCC Receives Multi-Year Funding For School ‘Safe Zones’ Project

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The Austin-based Hogg Foundation for Mental Health recently announced grants to eight organizations and government services, including Montrose Counseling Center, to fund mental health services for Houston and Harris County children, youth, and their families.

“We are very pleased to partner with Hogg Foundation for Mental Health,” said Montrose Counseling Center Executive Director, Ann J. Robison, PhD. “The Hogg Foundation is well-known for its support of behavioral health, and it is particularly gratifying to know that it recognizes the importance of including gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in its initiative.”

The three-year, $392,532 grant is slated to be used to help improve the mental health, well-being, and academic status of LGBT (and questioning) teens through a unique collaboration with Houston Independent School District Counseling & Guidance Department and Communities in Schools Houston. LGBTQ youth are a priority population as published in the 2009 report by the Houston and Harris County Joint City/County Commission on Children. It is estimated that as many as two-thirds of LGBTQ students report feeling unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation, which typically also influences adolescents’ home life and activities beyond campus.

This program already has been successfully piloted in two Houston high schools. – by Nancy Ford

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