Regional Center

The Hackett Center for Mental Health

Established by a transformative gift from Maureen and Jim Hackett, The Hackett Center is the Meadows Institute’s first regional center, focused on the unique needs of Greater Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast. Starting with its inaugural effort to help heal communities traumatized by Hurricane Harvey, The Hackett Center has advanced mental health initiatives – primarily focused on children, youth, and families – to improve lives across the region.

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Our Priorities

Putting Policy Into Practice®

With a focus on “Putting Policy into Practice,” The Hackett Center engages in and supports the development and dissemination of best-practice mental health care, research, and implementation among health care leaders, organizations, and systems in the Greater Houston region and beyond. Since its launch in 2018, The Hackett Center has identified the following priority areas:

  • Strengthening mental health recovery and resilience for children affected by trauma and bereavement
  • Improving coordination across systems, including health, education, juvenile justice, and family and protective services
  • Embedding and advancing health equity to reduce mental health disparities
  • Improving evidence-based mental health care for children and families
  • Building capacity of mental health organizations and their leaders to increase their impact by engaging families and co-creating solutions for high-quality mental and behavioral health care
  • Serving as a neutral convener, facilitating collaboration among systems, organizations, and health care institutions to achieve better mental health for children and families
  • Collaborating as a strategic partner of the Meadows Institute in bringing their expertise to Harris County and surrounding regions and leveraging the experience of our community to inform the work of the Institute statewide
  • Supporting and improving women’s behavioral health and fostering resilience in mothers and children through a parental support program, Brain Builders
The Hackett Center

2023 Annual Report

The Hackett Center’s mission is to provide independent, non-partisan, and trusted policy and program guidance in Greater Houston and the Gulf Coast region to improve services and systems so that all Texans can obtain effective mental health care.

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About The Hackett Center

The Hackett Center 2022 Annual Report

2022 Annual Report

In 2022, The Hackett Center for Mental Health highlighted the results of its fifth year of “Putting Policy into Practice” by focusing on four strategic priorities to improve mental health for youth and their families.

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2021 Annual Report

In 2021 Quianta Moore, MD, JD, became the new Executive Director of The Hackett Center for Mental Health.

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2020 Annual Report

In 2020, a global pandemic tested our resolve and laid bare an emerging mental health crisis. The Hackett Center continued its growth, becoming home to the Trauma and Grief Center, and preparing to meet these increasing needs both close to home and far beyond.

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2019 Annual Report

2019 was a year of significant growth. This report highlights key accomplishments and the importance of “putting policy into practice” in Greater Houston, the Gulf Coast Region, across Texas, and throughout the nation.

The Hackett Center

Women's Behavioral Health

Women experience biological events and transitions throughout the life-span that can impact their mental health. Poor mental health among women has far-reaching consequences that extend beyond individual well-being. Undiagnosed, underdiagnosed, and untreated mental health needs can negatively impact individual wellbeing, family dynamics, and community conditions. Addressing women’s behavioral health is a societal imperative with profound implications for the health and success of multiple generations.

Our Approach

The Hackett Center works across and within systems at the community, local, state, and federal levels to pilot approaches and advance policies that support women’s behavioral health with an emphasis on community-driven preventive efforts.

Our approach focuses on the periods when a woman is at greatest risk for behavioral health concerns. We have developed and are advancing comprehensive strategies that involve various stakeholders and levels of intervention during these unique developmental periods.

Collective action, coupled with targeted investments and a commitment to addressing the unique needs of women, can pave the way for a future where behavioral health is prioritized, stigma is reduced, and women receive the support they need to thrive.

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Get in touch

If you would like to discuss how The Hackett Center can help advance your mission and goals, please contact:

Quianta Moore, MD, JD
Executive Director,
The Hackett Center for Mental Health

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To learn about how you can support the work of The Hackett Center through a philanthropic gift, please contact:

Jeremy Edwards
Senior Director of Philanthropy

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This gift is an investment in quality, research-driven work that will prove to be a systemic game-changer.
Maureen Hackett
January 2018

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