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Our Clinician and Officer Remote Evaluation (CORE) partnership with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) was recognized with the "Innovation at Work" Award by National Council for Mental Wellbeing for using the latest technology to deliver patient care on the streets of Houston. In collaboration with our HCSO partners, we use this technology to connect mental health clinicians with law enforcement first responders at the time of 9-1-1 dispatch.
CORE is a collaboration between Harris County law enforcement and The Harris Center. Licensed master-level crisis clinicians connect with law enforcement officers in the field with via a computer tablet. The clinicians conduct a brief crisis assessment of the individual and assist the officers in determining the course of action to take. The team efforts between law enforcement officers and clinicians allow ensured safety and consideration of the individual’s mental health.
During COVID-19, our team adapted quickly to deliver services in the safest way possible for everyone. A spirit of flexibility has been essential.
Anaira noted Maritza’s baby seemed happy and well cared for, but during her observations, she became concerned about Martiza when she noticed changes in Martiza’s self-care.
The Harris Center Foundation recognizes the passion, compassion and ingenuity of Harris Center staff – no one knows our mission and clients like our dedicated team members. So, The Harris Center Foundation has awarded up to $100,000 to programs enhancing care delivery for the people we serve.
The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, in cooperation with Harris County Probate Court 3 and the University of Houston, has received a grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for an Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) program for people with serious mental illness.
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.
It is early morning, and stepping out of the Metro bus is Sh’Clara Smith. She makes her way to the front doors of The Harris Center’s Gessner Day Program where she signs in and greets her friends ready to take on the day. As she sits, other participants gather around and they begin sharing what they did over the weekend.
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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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