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New county initiative hopes to provide services to keep homeless, substance users and mentally ill out of jail
4/27/2021 - Austonia

Travis County officials announced plans to build a diversion center that will connect homeless people and those with substance use disorders and mental illness to housing, healthcare and jobs outside of a jail setting.


Harris County Sheriff's Office 2020 Special Projects Annual Report
4/22/2021 - Harris County Sheriff's Office

Collaboration is central to the way we lead. We work closely with residents, advocacy groups, nonprofits, law enforcement agencies and mental health care centers, such as The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD.


Texas County Expands Tele-Crisis Response Program
4/13/2021 - Psychiatric News

One hundred and fifty deputies—including many training officers—in the Houston region now have access to mental health specialists via iPads as part of the countywide expansion of the Clinician and Officer Remote Evaluation program.


Closing the gap in healthcare
4/12/2021 - Business Chief North America

Wayne Young has spent his entire career working in the field of behavioral health. Wayne is passionate about the planning and delivery of large-scale behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services to a population who rely upon safety net systems of care.

This article can also be found in Healthcare Global Magazine and Technology Magazine.


Meet Stephen: Harris County Mental Health Jail Diversion Program | Healthcare Global
4/12/2021 - Healthcare Global

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a year of grief. A Texas expert tells us how to cope
4/8/2021 - The Houston Chronicle

For many of us, our mental health has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be helpful to talk to someone in times like these, especially if you’re facing anxiety, depression or stress.


Lake Houston-area organizations providing services to disability community offer stability throughout pandemic
4/2/2021 - Community Impact News

While offering virtual services has posed challenges, participation has remained consistent in most programs, said Robert Stakem, vice president of the IDD division at the center.


Speak Your Mind Podcast: EmpowHER - Female Leaders in Mental Health
3/29/2021 - Speak Your Mind

March is Women's History Month! The Harris Center's: Speak Your Mind Podcast recorded a special episode to celebrate Female Leaders in Mental Health. We sat down with Tiffanie Williams Brooks, Director of Child and Adolescent Services at The Harris Center and Carmen Martinez, Director of Development at NAMI Greater Houston to recognize the work they are contributing to their fields. 


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. 


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