Paso del Norte Center - MMHPI - Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Regional Center

Paso del Norte Center at the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Established by a grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the Paso del Norte Center provides trusted policy and program guidance to cultivate collaboration and create lasting improvements so that mental health and emotional well-being services and support are available where and when they are needed.

Our Priorities

Advancing mental health care systems in the Paso del Norte region

The Paso del Norte Center, a regional center of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, was established in July 2021 by a grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation to build upon the numerous improvements made to the region’s mental health care systems over the past decade.

The Center will collaborate with regional community leaders and other stakeholders to implement policy, program, and practice improvements and will share successes and learning experiences with other communities.

Where we’re starting & where we’re headed

The Paso del Norte Center’s focuses on El Paso and Hudspeth counties in Texas, with plans to expand into Doña Ana, Luna, and Otero counties in Southern New Mexico; and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

The PdN Center plays a lead role in providing technical support and promoting public awareness to further Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s mental health and emotional well-being initiatives, including Think. Change, the El Paso Behavioral Health Consortium, and other regional consortia.

By cultivating collaboration and strengthening connections to state and national programs and other resources, the PDN Center is contributing to the long-term health and well-being of people in the Paso del Norte region.

This exciting new venture will integrate all of [our] previous efforts in an unprecedented way and help guide mental and behavioral health care development, transforming the way behavioral health is understood, evaluated, and improved in the Paso del Norte region.
Tracy J. Yellen
CEO, Paso del Norte Community Foundation
The Paso del Norte Health Foundation was … an early leader in recognizing the need for better mental health care. The region’s leaders have been a dedicated, driving force in taking the steps necessary for significant, lasting improvements to happen.
Andy Keller, PhD
President and CEO, the Meadows Institute
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Get in touch

If you would like to know more about the Paso del Norte Center, please contact:

Enrique Mata,
Executive Director,
Paso del Norte Center

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Josue Lachica
Project Manager

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To learn about how you can support the work of The Paso del Norte Center through a philanthropic gift, please contact:
Emily Church
Vice President of Philanthropy

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The Paso del Norte Center is a game-changing investment in a healthier future for our families, friends, and communities in the region.
Enrique Mata
Executive Director, Paso del Norte Center
Paso del Norte Center’s

Leadership Cabinet

 

Sharon Butterworth, Chair

Civic Leader; Board Member, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Tracy J. Yellen, Vice Chair

Chief Executive Officer, Paso del Norte Community Foundation

Henry Gallardo

Managing Partner and Director, Investment Management of Strategic Wealth Advisors

John Hjalmquist

President and Chief Operating Officer, Pizza Properties, Inc.

Lisa Piesen

L&F Distributors

Mark Walker

Attorney, Dickinson Wright

Stacey Hunt Spier

Community Advocate; Civic Leader

The founding leadership cabinet members represent incredible talent and experience, as well as a shared commitment to making the region a model for community-led mental health improvements.
Andy Keller, PhD
President & CEO, the Meadows Institute