The Behavioral Health Outreach and Leadership Development Project (BHOLD) is funded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health’s Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities project.  BHOLD’s goal is to work to create a healthier community in Brooks County that supports resilience, mental health and well-being. 

Over the course of the project, the program will develop a Community Collaborative and Stakeholder Advisory Group, consisting of community members. The community will complete a needs assessment of the area,  a strategic plan and action plan to implement community identified initiatives. One of the aims of the project is to encourage community members to participate in all stages of the project.

We are always looking for volunteers who want to help make a difference in Brooks County. Big or small, your help matters. Want to learn more about volunteering or attending the monthly meetings, contact Crystal Garcia at BHOLD’s collaborative meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 12 - 1 pm.


BHOLD Vision is that Brooks County is an educated, prosperous, strong, healthy, and drug-free community.


The mission of BHOLD is to support, advocate and guide Brooks community residents to be resilient, healthy, drug-free and educated through continued collaboration with other agencies.


Teamwork, Leadership, Inclusive, Accountable, Service, and Success

Needs, Experiences & Wants Survey Results

In 2019, Brooks County residents were surveyed to assess the existing needs within the community. 816 residents responded to the surveys. Of those surveyed, 55% were Spanish speakers. 

are concerned about quality of education and student preparedness for life after school

believe the number and types of doctors are not meeting their physical or mental health needs

believe the availability of safe jobs and access to childcare are predominate concerns especially for young adults

believe Brooks County is a safe community and feel safe in their homes

report having difficulty paying for utilities or food throughout a typical month

believe that there is enough affordable/ safe housing and that neighborhoods were good places to raise families

have access to reliable transportation for school, work & medical visits

believe that drug use is a major problem

believe there are not enough community events and fun activities

believe there are not enough culture and arts present in Brooks County