FORT WORTH, TX, JULY 26, 2017 — Challenge of Tarrant County has been selected to receive the inaugural Organization of the Year Award from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).  The award will be presented to Challenge staff at the Austin Convention Center on August 2, 2017, at 11:30 AM during the 2017 Texas Behavioral Health Institute.


The Organization of the Year award is to be presented annually by HHSC to one Texas agency demonstrating outstanding community collaboration in order to provide education and services that truly make a difference for individuals with behavioral health needs. HHSC values the critical role that community partners play in helping the state achieve its goal to enrich the quality of life for persons with mental health and/or substance use disorders in Texas and is pleased to now recognize the agencies that bring these partners to the table.


"I am so proud of and grateful for the extraordinary work the Challenge staff does each day,” says Challenge’s Executive Director, Jennifer Gilley. “However, our staff could not accomplish all they do without the support of many equally dedicated and enthusiastic coalition partners. Together we engage in work that has a true and lasting impact on individuals, families and communities. Collaboration is the key ingredient to any success we achieve.”


HHSC funds over 200 substance abuse prevention contracts throughout the state of Texas. Challenge operates four of these contracts: community coalitions based at Texas Christian University, the University of Texas at Arlington, Weatherford College and in the City of Keller.


ABOUT CHALLENGE: Founded in 1984, Challenge of Tarrant County is a non-profit based in Fort Worth, TX, that is dedicated to confronting substance abuse by identifying needs, educating the community, mobilizing resources, promoting collaboration, and advocating for sound public policy. In addition to HHSC funded coalitions, Challenge is also host to a SAMSHA Drug-Free Community program based in the City of Arlington and manages Tarrant County’s Family Drug Court. For more information on Challenge, or to become involved with a coalition, visit the agency website at





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