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In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month during the month of May, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, in partnership with Texas Systems of Care and Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health, presents the 2021 Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest for both children and adults. A prize will be awarded to three special winners and their submissions will be featured on the contest’s online gallery.
This annual event is designed to shine a light on the often-taboo topic of mental illness and further the effort to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. As a result, we believe more Texans of all ages will seek help when needed.
The theme of this year’s event is “Why Mental Health Matters to You.” The contest is open to all Texans as we invite students and adults to participate in their respective age-group: Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Adults. Through their entries, contestants will help demystify mental illness and spread awareness by sharing their unique expressions of what mental health looks and feels like to them.
A team of judges will select the top submissions for each category and grade level. Judging will be based on originality, creativity, and how well an entry expresses this year’s theme.
HHSC and its partners will award a special price to each winner. Winning submissions will be featured through the contest’s online gallery at https://gallery.txsystemofcare.org/.
Prior winning submissions were recognized in public galleries, including a showing at the Texas State Capitol. However, this year due to COVID-19, this option will be assessed for feasibility as we approach May 2021.
If you have questions regarding the 2021 Mental Health Awareness Creative Arts Contest email firstname.lastname@example.org
HOUSTON – Feb. 11, 2020 – The Board of Trustees of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD approved today a significant step to move forward with the implementation of an Electronic Health Record system (EHR) that will bring improved health outcomes for those with serious mental illness in Harris County. The Harris Center is working with Harris Health System to implement a tailored to fit EHR to support the center’s complex health care operations.
We visited with Miss Harris County 2020 Madison Lamont to chat about why mental health awareness is so important for everyone. Our Director of Access Jennifer Battle and Suicide Prevention Manager Wykisha McKinney joined us for a lively conversation!
Our Harris Center team shared about the unique ways we educate and promote mental health, and Miss Harris County shared about her passion for mental health awareness. Please listen in to learn more about The Harris Center's education and outreach programs and Miss Harris County's social initiative: Educate about mental health, Erase the stigma about mental illness and Encourage dialogue to promote awareness.
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Harris County now has a new resource to help keep people with mental illness out of the Harris County Jail. The new Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Diversion Center provides law enforcement with a community-based alternative for persons with mental illness who have been picked up for low-level, non-violent offenses such as trespass. The Diversion Center celebrated its ribbon-cutting and dedication October 1, 2018 at 9 a.m.
The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD received $836,243 from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) COVID-19 Telehealth Program to enhance its telehealth service infrastructure. The FCC received funding for this program through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act. The FCC funds will enable The Harris Center to further expand access to behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services for Harris County residents via telehealth platforms.
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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, regardless of their ability to pay based on a sliding scale rate schedule.
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