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Strategic Plan for
Fiscal Years 2022-2024

Our new strategic plan is now posted on our website. Read about our focus areas, goals and strategies as we continue our mission of transforming lives.

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The Respite, Rehabilitation,
and Re-Entry Center

The City of Houston and Harris County have each invested $5 million toward the new COVID-19 Homeless Respite, Rehabilitation, and Re-Entry Center to fill the need for a safe, clean, and secure place of respite and rehabilitation in our community.

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Telehealth Visits Available Now

We encourage you to use this easy and convenient service to interact with your care provider by using your smartphone, tablet or computer through live video and audio on your own device. To schedule your next telehealth appointment, please call 713-970-7000.

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COVID Support Line and Resources

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations such as infectious disease outbreaks. You may feel anxiety, stress, fear and worry. You are not alone. We are here to help you take care of your mental health during this difficult time.

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Crisis Line

24 –hour Crisis Line - The Crisis Line is available 24 hours per day/7 days per week. It serves anyone in Harris County who is experiencing a mental health and/or an intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) related crisis. If you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis, you may call The Harris Center Crisis Line at 713-970-7000, option 1.

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Transforming Lives

Welcome to The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. Our work is centered around the individuals we serve. Our breadth and depth of services are designed to treat the whole person within a warm and caring environment. Providing the highest level of quality and integrated care, we work to successfully navigate the complexities of each individual, nurturing them along the way and, ultimately, transforming lives.

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Our Services

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD strives to provide high quality, efficient, and cost effective services so that persons with mental disabilities may live with dignity as fully functioning, participating, and contributing members of our community. We do not deny services based on a patient’s inability to pay, nor for any reason including race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Discounts are available based on family size and income, and a sliding scale rate schedule is available.

If you need immediate assistance for a mental health and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities related crisis, or if you are a current client and have an after-hours medication concern, please call our 24-hour Crisis Line at 713-970-7000, option 1,to speak with a crisis counselor. If this is not a crisis, but you are interested in receiving information on available services, please press option 2.

Outpatient Mental Health Services

Provided at our outpatient clinics throughout Harris County, our treatment teams create service plans that are uniquely designed to meet the needs of each person based on diagnoses, symptoms and functioning levels.

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Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program

Prompt and high quality assessments, and efficient stabilization services for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

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Intellectual Disability & Autism Services

From respite care to Home and Community-based Services and day habilitation drop-in programs, we coordinate caring, compassionate support for individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities and their loved ones.

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Forensic Mental Health Services

Effective assessment and treatment in the community and in supervised settings for clients who are involved in the criminal justice system.

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Harris County Mental Health Jail Diversion Program

This voluntary program serves as a one-stop shop for law enforcement to divert persons with mental illness who have been picked up for low-level, non-violent offenses, such as trespass. 

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Contact Us

If you need immediate assistance, please call our 24-hour Crisis Line at 713-970-7000, option 1. If this is not a crisis, please press option 2.

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Letter by a Housing Program Client

I was a single man just trying to make it on my way. I was the type of person to be a fair and honest, respectful man working for a living. I was going from job to job, never really holding a job down because of my alcoholic problems. I didn’t want to admit to myself and my family that I had a severe problem with alcohol

Empathetic Engagement and Teamwork Secured Placement for Client and His Service Dog

The phone rang at 6 p.m. on a Wednesday night at the Crisis Line. Isabella Rowe, a fairly new member of the Crisis Line team, answered the call. The caller shared he was having a really rough time getting through a terrible divorce and was currently homeless. He was feeling desperate and so hopeless that he had thoughts of dying by walking in to traffic earlier that day. Many of these feelings were due to the love he felt for Sanaa, his service dog of 7 years, who helped him due to a seizure disorder.