Bridging the Gap Gala 2018



A TEXAS-SIZED THANK YOU to all who participated or donated to New Milestones Foundation’s

17th Annual Bridging the Gap gala on November 1, 2018.


Through your compassion and generosity, Integral Care’s program called The Inn will now be able to bridge the gap between what government funds and what makes for a high quality environment of care for one of the most under-served populations in the United States.  That is, individuals who experience a dual diagnosis of mental illness and a disability like cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual impairment, childhood traumatic brain injury or deafness and communication difficulties.


With proceeds from the gala, the Inn staff will have the latest evidence-based tools and therapeutic supplies like a relaxing sensory light machine, a b-Calm headphone system, calming, weighted blankets, a tactile interactive all panel that promotes mental and physical relaxation, a sensory garden, and specialized training.  Now, more people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who also have a mental illness will receive the help they need to regain stability by providing psychiatric care, medicine, 24/7 nursing, alcohol and drug use recovery support and mental health support groups. Staff and The Inn also help that person develop a plan for staying safe and stable by connecting them to ongoing services with Integral Care and other community resources.


We also had the privilege of honoring Dr. Clay Johnston, Dean of the Dell Medical School, as the 2018 Mental Health Champion.  We’re in an exciting time in our community when it comes to mental health and integration. Ground-breaking initiatives are significantly improving the lives of people living with mental illness. Dell Medical School is leading initiatives and partnering across the community to improve mental health care. One such effort is the redesign of the Austin State Hospital, championed by Senator Kirk and ably led by Dell Medical School’s Chair of Psychiatry Dr. Steve Strakowski. This could only happen because of the vision for a medical school that is committed to helping our local community solve some of the biggest challenges we face.


Dr. Johnston’s ambitious vision guides the medical school here in Austin. That vision is laser-focused on solutions, innovation, and deeper integration of care, with a core belief that health is improved when the whole person is treated.  Integral Care is proud to have Dell Med as a partner. Dell Med students experience first-hand the importance of community-based services, shadowing Integral Care staff in the field on a weekly basis, as they support the mental health of individuals experiencing homelessness, crisis, or living with HIV. The two organizations also are leveraging their combined skill sets at the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, and helping meet our community’s growing need for access to quality mental health care, substance use disorder care, and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


The bridge you built will transport people with IDD and mental illness who find themselves in crisis situations to hope, recovery, and wellness. Your support creates transformative change in individual lives, improving the wellbeing of our overall community.