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HARLINGEN, RGV – Cameron County Mental Health Task Force celebrates its 10th Anniversary with a reception at Stefano’s Brooklyn Pizza in Harlingen this evening.

And coming soon is the non-profit’s 4th Annual Fishing Tournament. It is the group’s major fundraising project of the year. It takes place May 6, 2017.

Rose M. Gomez

CCMHTF is a local non-profit organization that is comprised of representatives from local mental health, social service agencies, hospitals, school districts, mental health practitioners and community representatives.

“Our goal is to raise money that will be used for mental health scholarships. In order to meet this goal, we are asking for sponsorships from local businesses and individuals,” said Rose M. Gomez, CCMHTF Chair.

“By donating to our annual event you’ll be supporting the Cameron County Mental Health Task Force’s efforts in having a scholarship fund with the goal of increasing the number of mental health professionals in our community.

Gomez points out that the Rio Grande Valley, and particularly Cameron and Willacy counties, are among the most underserved communities for mental health professionals.

“We seek to invest in the future by supporting higher education for mental health related professions. Last year, we awarded three $1,000 scholarships to high school and graduate students,” Gomez said.

The sponsorship rates are $250.00 at the Bronze level, $500.00 at the Silver level, and $1,000 at the Gold level. Gomez said all donations will be recognized at CCMHTF events in several ways, including having the sponsors name placed on all materials and banners that publicize the event as well as announced at the event itself.

Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted

CCMHTF has also announced it will be accepting scholarship applications from both high school and graduate students.

“We are committed to increasing mental health services and resources by increasing community awareness about mental health and substance use issues,” Gomez said.

CCMHTF has created a scholarship fund with the goal of increasing the number of mental health professionals in the community. Over the last two years, it has awarded $9,000 to nine undergraduate and gradates students.

“We commit to this investment by assigning a CCMHTF mentor to the recipients in order to provide continued support and guidance,” Gomez said.

The scholarship is available to eligible students pursuing higher education in one of the following programs of study: Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Social Work, Guidance and Counseling, Rehabilitative Counseling, School Psychology, Psychology, or other mental health related fields.

The scholarship application can be downloaded in the CCMHTF website http://cameroncountymentalhealth.org/ Applications and attachments should be submitted to [email protected]

For more information, phone Rose M. Gomez at (956) 399-3075 or (956)459-9927, or e-mail her at [email protected]