What is Hand in Hand?
Hand in Hand is a grant-funded program designed to develop a system that will support healthy behavioral and emotional development for children from birth through age 6. The grant funding will end on September 29, 2015. The final year is focused on helping rural counties build collaborations and emphasizing the family voice.
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 a coordinated "System of Care" throughout the five-county area. The cooperative agreement also included Wraparound services for approximately 220 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 making progress toward their goals. New Wraparound clients are no longer being accepted.
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 Has Hand in Hand helped families?
Families who have children with emotional and behavioral issues have received:
- 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
For more information about Hand in Hand and Wraparound, click here for English and click here for Spanish.
Are there 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 817-569-5720.
Visit the Hand in Hand Web site
2014-15 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
Hand in Hand Year Five Evaluation Report
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.