The Texas Veterans and Family Alliance grant program was created to improve the quality of life of veterans and their families by supporting communities across the state to expand availability and access to mental health treatment and services. Funds are intended to be a catalyst for communities to develop and support sustainable partnerships, collaborative relationships, and coordinated service delivery systems that continue to operate after the life of a grant project.
Specifically, TV+FA grant funding is used to:
- Expand the availability of clinical mental health services for veterans and their families
- Increase access of clinical mental health services in innovative ways
- Enhance mental health service delivery by changing systems through innovative approaches
- Facilitate community partnerships to leverage resources and coordinate case manage service delivery
The TV+FA grant program primarily supports evidence-based behavioral health therapies and treatments, including the following types of services:
- Individual, group, family, couples, and peer support services
- Individual and family counseling
- Suicide prevention initiatives
The program also supports secondary services directly related to a veteran or family member accessing evidence-based behavioral health services, including:
- Navigation services
- Military informed care training
Grantees and Program Performance
Agency staff utilize data-driven program performance measurement and reporting processes as a part of administering each matching grant program. Performance data for each grant-funded project is submitted quarterly by grantees. Agency staff collect and analyze this data to create and disseminate reports, such as annual report cards that lists current grantees:
- Fiscal Year 2022 Report Card (PDF)
- Fiscal Year 2021 Report Card (PDF)
- Fiscal Year 2020 Report Card (PDF)
Organizations eligible for TV+FA funding include local mental health authorities, local behavioral health authorities, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental entities selected based on set criteria. Individual participants must be a veteran or their family member.
TV+FA awards depend on matching funds, which can include cash or in-kind contributions from any person but must not include money from state or federal funds. The match must equal:
- 100 percent of the grant amount if the TV+FA program is in a county with a population of 250,000 or more.
- 50 percent of the grant amount if the TV+FA program is in a county with a population of less than 250,000 but equal to or more than 100,000.
- 25 percent of the grant amount if the TV+FA program is in a county with a population of less than 100,000.
If the TV+FA program is in more than one county, the percentage is the grant amount needed for the largest county.
Legislative Statute and Enabling Legislation
- Chapter 531, Texas Government Code, Section 531.0992
- Established – Senate Bill (S.B.) 55, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, 2015
- Amended – S.B. 822, 86th Legislature Regular Session, 2019
- Amended – House Bill 3088, 87th Legislature Regular Session, 2021
For More Information
- For questions or additional information, contact the TV+FA grant program.
- Find more information on mental health resources.
- Find more information about veteran resources in Texas.
- Find your Local Mental Health or Behavioral Health Authority.
- For information on the program application, visit the Texas Veterans + Family Alliance Grant Program.