What is Hand in Hand?
Hand in Hand is designed to develop a system that will support healthy behavioral and emotional development for children from birth through age 6.
Hand in Hand is:
- Child Centered
- Family Driven
- Strengths Based
- Community Based
- Culturally Competent
What area does it cover?
The target area for the grant includes Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker and Tarrant Counties outside of Fort Worth.
What do the funds cover?
The funds support the growth and enhancement of Mental Health Connection as a coordinated "System of Care" throughout the five-county area. The cooperative agreement also includes a wraparound initiative for approximately 250 children from birth through age 6. Wraparound provides families with community-based supports to help them manage their children’s emotional and behavioral issues while working with multiple agencies and working toward their goals.
The funding also supports social marketing to change attitudes, beliefs and behaviors about early childhood care; DataLink, an online information and referral system; training; and evaluation.
How Will Hand in Hand help families?
Families who have children with emotional and behavioral issues will receive:
- Guidance through medical systems, social services and school systems
- Assistance with referrals to community programs and services
- Support and mentoring from families who have had similar experiences
- Networking activities
- Empowerment (see the Family Leadership Ladder)
For a brochure about Hand in Hand and wraparound, click here for English and click here for Spanish.
Who is eligible for services?
All children from birth through age 6 who live in one of the five counties (excluding the City of Fort Worth) and either have a mental health diagnosis or are at imminent risk of a diagnosis are eligible for wraparound services provided by Hand in Hand. Children up to age 5 will be screened with the ASQ-SE, a tool also used by Early Childhood Intervention (ECI). To arrange for an assessment, call 817-569-5720 or email.
How can someone make referrals to wraparound?
Anyone can refer a child to Hand in Hand in one of three ways:
- Call Hand in Hand at 817-569-5720
- Fax the referral form to 817-569-5734
- DataLink, the Mental Health Connection client information and referral system (for more information, click here)
Are there other ways to help?
As a cooperative agreement, Hand in Hand is committed to matching the federal dollars with local in-kind contributions. If you or your agency can provide any in-kind services, ranging from meeting space to staff support or anything in between, please let Hand in Hand know by calling
Visit the Hand in Hand Web site
Brochure for Families - English
Brochure for Familes - Spanish
2013-14 Hand in Hand Match Information and Forms
2012 List of Respite Resources for Special Needs Children
A Family Guide to Hand in Hand and Wraparound
A Family Guide to Hand in Hand and Wraparound - Spanish
Wraparound Referral Form
Brochure for Providers
Family Leadership Ladder
Hand in Hand Year Four Evaluation Report
Hand in Hand Year Three Evaluation Report
Hand in Hand June 2011 Brief Evaluation Report
Hand in Hand Year Two Evaluation Report
Hand in Hand Governance Structure
For more information, call the main number for Hand in Hand: 817-569-5720.
Hand in Hand is an $8.3 million federally funded six-year cooperative agreement with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The program is designed to support the growth of a system that will provide seamless care for the behavioral and emotional needs of children age birth through 6. It is administered by MHMR of Tarrant County in partnership with Mental Health Connection. Hand in Hand received its initial funding in September 2008, and will continue through September 2014. Hand in Hand must match the federal funds with in-kind contributions from the community.