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The Harris Center is pleased to announce Bianca Daswani as the organization’s new Administrative Fellow.
Daswani comes to The Harris Center after working as a Graduate Assistant at Texas Woman’s University and as a Business Operations Intern at Legacy Community Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Houston and will receive a dual Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration in Business Analytics from Texas Woman’s University in Spring 2022.
During this one-year administrative fellowship, Daswani will gain real-world management experience, working closely with executive leadership members to learn the fundamentals of clinical operations, finance, care delivery, strategic planning and data analytics.
“We are so excited to have Bianca join The Harris Center team as our new Administrative Fellow,” stated Chief Medical Officer, Luming Li, M.D., M.H.S. “Her passion for improving care delivery and utilizing data and evidence-based approaches to enhance operational efficiencies will undoubtedly be an asset to The Harris Center.”
Daswani serves as a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
She will officially join the agency on Jun. 15, 2022.
Wayne Young, MBA, LPC, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Wayne Young currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD (The Harris Center), the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority and Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority for Harris County. As the CEO of the largest behavioral and developmental disability care center in Texas, Mr. Young oversees the planning and delivery of behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services to over 88,000 people per year and manages an annual budget of over $270 million.
Kim Tope is a licensed master social worker and a certified anger resolution therapist. More pertinent to her current role at The Harris Center, Kim is also a certified peer specialist who uses her own lived experience in recovery from mental illness to help those who find themselves in need of support and treatment through a one-of-a-kind program in Texas known as The P.E.E.R.S. for Hope House.
Recovery: one word with countless possibilities. Because there is not one definition of recovery, everyone has their own meaning and their own story.
“The Agency slogan is Transforming Lives, and so, when we think of that and we think of recovery, it means to help someone progress in finding meaning in their life. They are not merely progressing towards eliminating symptoms, but to be able to live a meaningful life past the mental health challenges that they face,” said Ana Oyarvide, Recovery Manager for the Mental Health Outpatient Services Division of The Harris Center.
While the recovery journey is unique for each individual, it is a tie that binds. Those who have lived experience in recovery from mental illness, commonly referred to as peers, offer an insight that is invaluable to those who are either just starting their process or those who find it beneficial to talk to others who understand what it is like to live with a mental illness.
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HOUSTON, TX (June 23, 2021) – Following a competitive national search, The Harris Center is pleased to announce Luming Li, M.D., M.H.S. as the organization’s new Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Li will officially join the organization on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
We are pleased to announce the expansion of The Harris Center's Primary Care Services, in close partnership with The University of Houston's College of Medicine. This service is designed to help clients reach health-related goals, provide access to health coaching, offer healthcare screenings, transportation to and from your scheduled healthcare visits and so much more.
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