Scholarships for Anxiety Treatment. Support for Change.

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Scholarship Awards

The amount of the award will vary and will be based on these criteria:

  • The financial need of the recipient, as based on consideration of their income tax statement from the previous year, expenses, and sources of income.
  • Initial awards may include the fees for approximately 1-2 months of treatment, only to be renewed after contact with provider confirms satisfactory treatment adherence and evidence of treatment gains. Collaborating providers will be asked to minimally negotiate their rates to further support the recipient. For example, we estimate that 1-2 months of weekly outpatient therapy would cost between $450-$1100. 
  • Following the initial award amount, compliance in treatment will be a significant factor in determination of additional financial support. This will be determined by routine collaboration with the recipient's treating provider(s).
  • The level of care being sought. We aim to assist as many people as possible and will therefore prioritize support for individual outpatient therapy sessions. The struggles of some individuals may warrant a higher level of care, i.e. intensive outpatient programs (IOP) or residential treatment. These applicants will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Up to 25 percent of annual scholarship funds may be directed to intensive treatment.

Keep it up!

As a community organization, HOAP seeks to help individuals phasing out of treatment in accessing ongoing support. We have established connections with volunteer organizations and community activities that can offer opportunities for social involvement to help prevent relapse of anxiety and mood problems and further boost recipients' quality of life. Please contact us for assistance.

Who are we?

HOAP is made up of a combination of local providers and other residents who are familiar with the nature of anxiety and its treatment. We have opportunities for individuals of all backgrounds to get involved, from selection committee to fundraising event participation.


  • Ginny Fullerton, Ph.D. President
  • Kim Rinehart, M.A. Vice President
  • Saharah Shrout, M.A.Treasurer
  • Christen Sistrunk, M.A. Secretary


  • John Hart, Ph.D.
  • Angela Smith, Ph.D.
  • Throstur Bjorgvinsson, Ph.D.


Wanna help? Email us, and come aboard!

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Anxiety Disorders

Information about Anxiety

Anxiety disorders include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, and specific phobias. In children, this list extends to separation anxiety disorder. For more information about specific anxiety disorders, click here.


  • Approximately 40 million American adults ages 18 and older, or about 18.1 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have an anxiety disorder.1,2
  • Anxiety disorders frequently co-occur with depression or substance abuse, and many people with one anxiety disorder also have another anxiety disorder. 1
  • Approximately 9.9 percent of children and adolescents will be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder by age 16.3
  • Nearly three-quarters of those with an anxiety disorder will have their first episode by age 21.5 4­­­

Helpful Links

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) Information about anxiety and treatment

International OCD Foundation (IOCDF): Promotes education about OCD and treatment

OCD Texas: Texas organization promoting awareness and support for OCD sufferers, families, and providers

Houston area OCD Support Group

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies : Promotes the advancement of cognitive and behavioral therapies and other evidence-based treatments.

Fred Penzel Article: "Fight for Your Rights: Getting Your Insurance Company to Pay for OCD Treatment."

University of Houston Psychology Research and Services Center (PRSC): Local sliding-scale services

OCD Challenge:  OCD self-help website





1. Kessler RC, Chiu WT, Demler O, Walters EE. Prevalence, severity, and comorbidity of twelve-month DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). Archives of General Psychiatry, 2005 Jun;62(6):617-27.

2. U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates by Demographic Characteristics. Table 2: Annual Estimates of the Population by Selected Age Groups and Sex for the United States: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2004 (NC-EST2004-02) Source: Population Division, U.S. Census Bureau Release Date: June 9, 2005.

3. E. Jane Costello, PhD; Sarah Mustillo, PhD; Alaattin Erkanli, PhD; Gordon Keeler, MS; Adrian Angold. Prevalence and Development of Psychiatric Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence.Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2003;60(8):837-844.

4. Kessler RC, Berglund PA, Demler O, Jin R, Walters EE. Lifetime prevalence and age-of-onset distributions of DSM-IV disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R). Archives of General Psychiatry. 2005 Jun;62(6):593-602.