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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. 

Telehealth Enhanced Client's Therapy

Telehealth Enhanced Client's Therapy

Maria* presented to therapy with Paula Moore, PsyD at the IDD STARS Clinic due to depression, pervasive anxiety and a preoccupation with protecting herself.  She was also diagnosed with mild Intellectual Disability and ADHD. Early on, although cooperative, progress was minimal.  After securely establishing rapport, she began to show signs of growth in therapy.  She responded particularly well to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  Not only was she responsive in therapy, but she also demonstrated a keen ability to follow-through on CBT strategies outside of session. 

On the Road to Success

On the Road to Success

Debra* began receiving services from the Southwest Adult Clinic earlier this year. She had faced numerous adversities including trauma, stress, betrayal and fear. Debra shared she decided she owed it to herself to make some changes regarding her mental health. The end of 2020 had been especially difficult for her, and she was ready to take a stand for herself.

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