School-based telehealth program to increase access to mental health services for disadvantaged adolescents

The Foundation's Local Initiative Funding Partners Program is a matching grants program designed to establish partnerships between the Foundation and local grantmakers in support of innovative, community-based projects that improve health and health care for underserved and vulnerable populations.The stress of hurricanes Katrina and Rita intensified the need for adolescent mental health services in Galveston, Texas, in a school district where 60 percent of the students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) already staffs four school-based teen health clinics in Galveston and has used telemedicine and telepsychiatry successfully in rural areas. The purpose of this project is for the University to install state-of-the-art video conferencing workstations in the teen clinics so that students and their parents may consult with psychiatric specialists on the UTMB campus. The principal focus will be on diagnosing and treating depression, anxiety, eating disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders and other behavioral problems. However, the staff may take advantage of the equipment for a wider range of remote medical consultations. This project may develop new best practices as telepsychiatry emerges as an effective way of delivering behavioral health care for adults and teens. Funding partners include Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust Fund, The Jamail Galveston Foundation, The Moody Foundation, The Mary Moody Northern Endowment and Rockwell Fund.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $500,000.00

Awarded on: 6/22/2006

Time frame: 7/1/2006 - 6/30/2011

Grant Number: 58030


University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

301 University Boulevard
Galveston, 77555-5302


Ben G. Raimer
Project Director