MHMR Authority of Brazos Valley to provide Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

July 25, 2022

MHMR Authority of Brazos Valley is working with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) IDD-BH Unit to administer and disperse Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Pandemic Emergency Assistance Funds (PEAF), which was authorized through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (HR 1319).

The TANF PEAF addresses housing and ancillary needs of needy families in which dependent children have or reside with a family who has a diagnosis of a mental health condition, intellectual or developmental disability (IDD), and/or substance use disorder and who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the provision of direct financial assistance or services aimed at short-term stabilization efforts for families. A family may not receive support from these funds for more than four consecutive months (total award range of $7,000-$10,000 based on household size and need) and funds may not be used for tax credits, childcare, transportation, or short-term education and training. Funds can be used for pandemic-related expenses that occurred beginning April 1, 2021.

Please contact Anita Lang at 979 821-9449 or [email protected] or Intake Coordinator, Irene Jernigan at (979) 821-9432 or [email protected] if you have additional questions.