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The Harris Center and Harris County Probate Court 3 Announce New Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program

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 Importance of Mental Health Awareness

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. 

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.


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.


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