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Governor Abbott Appoints Keeney to Board of Pilot Commissioners for Harris County Ports
3/22/2021 - Office of the Texas Governor

Jon Keeney of Taylor Lake Village is the Mayor of the City of Taylor Lake Village. He is a former member of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and former board chair of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, Interfaith Caring Ministries, and Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. 


Alternatives to Policing
3/18/2021 - Harvard Magazine

“We found a number of cities that were doing neat things,” says Roberts. In Texas, Houston and surrounding Harris County law enforcement officials have worked closely since the 1990s with a mental-health organization, the Harris Center, whose clinicians assist officers in responding to crises; clinicians themselves respond to mental-health emergency calls, and the organization serves as a crisis drop-off center for police officers bringing in people who need such support. 


The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD Partners with Ascend HR Corp for Chief Medical Officer Search
3/9/2021 - Houston Chronicle

Largest behavioral and developmental disability community center in Texas treats nearly 80,000 patients each year partners with Ascend HR Corp | HR Maximizer Inc on Chief Medical Officer (CMO) search.


Support line available if you feel stress/anxiety over mask mandate removal & the reopening of Texas
3/8/2021 - CW39 Newsfix

The Harris Center has a free 24/7 Mental Health Support Line for Houstonians who might be experiencing anxiety, stress, or emotional challenges, due to the Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order lifting the mask mandate and reopening Texas.


Free mental health support for Houstonians
3/4/2021 - Fox 26 Houston

As the pandemic continues to affect people's mental health, Jennifer Battle, Director of Access for the Harris Center, was featured on Fox 26 this morning to discuss our COVID Mental Health Support Line


Funding Cuts So Deep They Kill
3/2/2021 - Houston Chronicle

In the fall of 2018, Harris County established the Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Diversion Center, where people picked up on low-level misdemeanors can be sent for mental health support instead of jail.


The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD and the Texas Health and Human Services Continues to Offer the COV
1/14/2021 - Woodlands Online

Texas HHS launched a statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress, or emotional challenges.


Houston police reform advocates seek to bolster resources for mental health interventions
1/10/2021 - Community Impact News

This article is the third and final part of a series exploring Houston’s police reform task force report


The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD and the Texas Health and Human Services Continues to Offer the COV
12/28/2020 - The Katy News

 In March 2020, the Texas Health and Human Services launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress, or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Operated by the Houston-based The Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual Development and Disability  (The Harris Center), the support line continues to offer trauma-informed support and psychological first aid as COVID-19 cases increase and the pandemic brings new challenges during the holiday season.


Support line offers Texans free mental health help amid COVID-19, holidays
12/24/2020 - The Houston Chronicle

This holiday season, COVID-19 concerns and gathering restrictions can leave people feeling lonelier and more anxious, but there is a number Texans can call for free confidential support.


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