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Needs of Houston's homeless with mental illness intensified due to pandemic

The COVID-19 disaster is having a detrimental impact on the ability of homeless individuals with mental illness to find a safe place to shelter following stabilization and discharge from inpatient crisis psychiatric treatment.


Representative Garnet Coleman proposed utilizing an existing state Healthy Community Collaborations grant to enable three local organizations to provide transition shelter and supporting services for homeless people who have mental illness. The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center and Open Door Mission will join forces to open a 24-hour facility with 28 beds.

COVID-19 Support Line and Resources

Toll Free COVID-19 24/7 Support Line: 833-986-1919

The Harris Center is operating the 24/7 statewide COVID-19 mental health support line launched by Texas Health and Human Services. The support line offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.

You're not alone. You or someone you know may get help by accessing the statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line at 833-986-1919.


Transforming Lives: Our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019

Transforming Lives: Our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019

Our Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Report marks the first year of the implementation of our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan: The Harris Center team's road map to empower people with behavioral health and IDD needs to improve their lives through an accessible, integrated and comprehensive recovery oriented system of care.

New Electronic Health Record System promises to improve health and care coordination in Harris County

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.

CARF: Mission Accomplished!

As you may know, The Harris Center hosted a site visit from CARF International, a non-profit organization that offers accreditation services and support for health and human services programs, at the end of September. 


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