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The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD Provides Counseling to Astroworld Festival Attendees

Nov. 15, 2021 – HOUSTON - A person’s response to a traumatic event can vary. Depending on their history of past trauma, their direct exposure to the traumatic event and other factors, symptoms could carry on long after the event has passed. 

 

In an effort to support Houstonians following the tragic events at AstroWorld Festival, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD (The Harris Center) is offering counseling services to anyone impacted by these events – including friends and family members of those who have been impacted.  

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

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. The caller had a really hard time finding a spot in a shelter since most won't take Sanaa. The caller reported feeling increasingly worried about caring for her properly on the street.

MonaLisa Jiles Joins Board of Directors for the Treatment Advocacy Center

MonaLisa Jiles Joins Board of Directors for the Treatment Advocacy Center

​​​​​It is with great pleasure that we announce MonaLisa's appointment as a Board of Director for the Treatment Advocacy Center.

COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive for IDD Individuals

COVID-19 Vaccination Incentive for IDD Individuals

As an incentive for getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Division (IDD) of The Harris Center will provide a $50 gift card to the first 300 eligible IDD individuals.

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD Receives $8.93m to Lead New Community Initiative for Mental Wellness and Resiliency

 As a response to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021, The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD (The Harris Center) is collaborating with Harris County to lead a new community wellness and resiliency program to support communities in Harris County, Texas. Healthy Minds, Healthy Communities, a locally led mental wellness and resiliency initiative, will focus on ten Harris County zip codes (i.e.,77093, 77504, 77022, 77076, 77090, 77060, 77033, 77091, 77038, 77450) that underutilize traditional mental health care and have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 as well other public health issues, such as suicide. The program aims to leverage natural and existing social support systems to create a community-led network of emotional supports and assistance. 

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