Transforming Lives

Welcome to The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. Our work is centered around the individuals we serve. Our breadth and depth of services are designed to treat the whole person within a warm and caring environment. Providing the highest level of quality and integrated care, we work to successfully navigate the complexities of each individual, nurturing them along the way and, ultimately, transforming lives.

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Crisis Line

24 –hour Crisis Line - The Crisis Line is available 24 hours per day/7 days per week. It serves anyone in Harris County who is experiencing a mental health and/or an intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) related crisis. If you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis, you may call The Harris Center Crisis Line at 713-970-7000, option 1.

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Gessner Day Program

The Harris Center strives to provide initiatives, like the Gessner Day Program, that help individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities live in the community independently. Join us as we take a look at a day in the life of one of the program’s participants.

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The Harris Center collaborates with Federally Qualified Health Centers within our Community Mental Health Centers to help consumers access both behavioral health and primary health care services within the same location.

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Our Services

If you need immediate assistance for a mental health and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities related crisis, or if you are a current client and have an after-hours medication concern, please call our 24-hour Crisis Line at 713-970-7000, option 1,to speak with a crisis counselor. If this is not a crisis, but you are interested in receiving information on available services, please press option 2.

Outpatient Mental Health Services

Provided at our outpatient clinics throughout Harris County, our treatment teams create service plans that are uniquely designed to meet the needs of each person based on diagnoses, symptoms and functioning levels.

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Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program

Prompt and high quality assessments, and efficient stabilization services for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.

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Intellectual Disability & Autism Services

From respite care to Home and Community-based Services and day habilitation drop-in programs, we coordinate caring, compassionate support for individuals with intellectual & developmental disabilities and their loved ones.

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Forensic Mental Health Services

Effective assessment and treatment in the community and in supervised settings for clients who are involved in the criminal justice system.

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Harris County Mental Health Jail Diversion Program

This voluntary program serves as a one-stop shop for law enforcement to divert persons with mental illness who have been picked up for low-level, non-violent offenses, such as trespass. 

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Contact Us

If you need immediate assistance, please call our 24-hour Crisis Line at 713-970-7000, option 1. If this is not a crisis, please press option 2.

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The Community Training Department - Empowering with knowledge

As The Harris Center’s crisis division, the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) provides services to individuals in Harris County experiencing a mental health crisis.  From its 24-hour Crisis Line to its internationally-recognized collaborations with law enforcement, the CPEP is constantly working to reach those who need help.

Living in Recovery - Picture Progress

Each young person receiving services works with a rehab clinician to determine a list of achievable goals based on the child or adolescent’s unique situation. This is known as a recovery plan.