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‘Pandemic within a pandemic’: Mental health issues surge during pandemic in Houston area
12/8/2020 - KPRC Local 2

The Houston Health Department’s new hotline to address mental health issues during the pandemic has received hundreds of calls since launching in October.

13 Investigates 'safer ways' for homeless to get mental health, addiction help
11/25/2020 - ABC13

When Jason Cavitt started feeling hopeless again, his family said the 40-year-old thought the best way to get help for his addiction and mental health struggles was to get arrested again.

‘Groundbreaking’ New Center Tackles Homelessness, Serious Mental Illness with Unique Model
10/8/2020 - Behavioral Health Business

Homelessness and mental health issues often go hand-in-hand, making it hard for behavioral health providers to successfully solve one of those problems without also addressing the other. And now, COVID-19 has complicated things even further.

City, county partner on COVID-19 homeless rehab center
10/7/2020 -

The City of Houston and Harris County are making an effort to help a community that has become one of their most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Houston, Harris County each pledge $5 million to mental health center for homeless
10/2/2020 - Houston Chronicle

The city of Houston and Harris County each invested $5 million in a new respite and rehabilitation center for people experiencing homelessness.

Houston To Launch COVID-19 Mental Health Support Program
9/30/2020 - Houston Public Media

The program — called “Let’s Beat COVID-19: Health Education, and Support Services,” or HESS — launches Thursday, and includes a support hotline, virtual support groups, and other resources, according to the city’s health department.

Dallas on Forefront of Nationwide Effort to Fix Problems with Mental Illness, Criminal Justice System
9/25/2020 - NBCDFW

Dallas Deflects, a model based off of The Harris Center's Jail Diversion program, is set to launch in the coming weeks. Featured in the story is our Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Young.

Mental health minute: Police training for mental health crises
9/22/2020 - KHOU-TV Ch. 11

Of the nation's roughly 18,000 police departments, only about 3,000 get specialized training in handling mental health crisis calls...

Amid debate to defund the police, Dallas County DA’s plan to divert mentally ill offenders does something better
9/14/2020 - The Dallas Morning News

Amid debate to defund the police, Dallas County DA’s plan to divert mentally ill offenders does something better Commissioners will vote Tuesday on critical funding to get ...

Harris County, Houston to consider $10 million partnership on new facility for homeless individuals
9/14/2020 - Community Impact Newspaper

A partnership is expected to move forward this week between the city of Houston and Harris County to open a new facility to help the area's homeless population during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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