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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.

HCSO expands tele-psychiatry program
9/11/2020 - KHOU-11

In December 2017, KHOU reported on a pilot program that would connect people in crisis with mental health clinicians. All deputies needed to make the connection was an Apple iPad. We reported the ...

An inside look at The Harris Center and its 24/7 crisis hotline
9/9/2020 - KHOU-11

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been associated with mental health challenges related to the morbidity and mortality caused by the disease and to mitigation activities ...

Harris County sheriff launches Project Guardian to improve interactions with residents with autism
9/7/2020 - The Houston Chronicle

A new initiative from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office aims to help deputies avoid causing stress or trauma by alerting them that they’re about to interact with a person on the autism spectrum.

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