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The Harris Center is operating the 24/7 statewide COVID-19 mental health support line launched by Texas Health and Human Services. The support line offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.
You're not alone. You or someone you know may get help by accessing the statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line at 833-986-1919.
Harris County Public Health: http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus
Ready Harris Self-Assestment Tool: https://checkforcorona.com/harris-county#/welcome
What makes a good listener? Common responses to this question include someone who is attentive, engaged, non-judgmental, helpful, knowledgeable and empathetic.
Over the past year, the Access Division team has been working diligently to offer as many opportunities and communication channels for individuals experiencing emotional distress to receive the help and support they deserve.
HOUSTON, October 1, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the vulnerability of individuals who are homeless and have mental illnesses. It is not only the unhealthy conditions on the streets that make the unsheltered homeless “at-risk” to COVID-19; most suffer from underlying, chronic health conditions. An estimated 15-25% of individuals experiencing homelessness throughout Harris County and the greater Houston area suffer from severe mental health issues making it difficult for city, county and local partners to quickly assist and house them out of harm’s way. Social distancing requirements have also reduced homeless shelter capacity. These extremely acute individuals have a large impact on first responders and hospitals by routinely requiring emergency intervention. These individuals increase the risk of COVID-19 exposure to first responders and the community
The Harris Center Foundation recognizes the passion, compassion and ingenuity of Harris Center staff – no one knows our mission and clients like our dedicated team members. So, The Harris Center Foundation has awarded up to $100,000 to programs enhancing care delivery for the people we serve.
To help raise awareness about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, The Harris Center has partnered with Superior HealthPlan and the Pro Football Hall of Fame to create a series of public service announcements to help inform our communities on the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
As an incentive for getting fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Division (IDD) of The Harris Center will provide a $50 gift card to the first 300 eligible IDD individuals.
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The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD strives to provide high quality, efficient, and cost effective services so that persons with mental disabilities may live with dignity as fully functioning, participating, and contributing members of our community, regardless of their ability to pay based on a sliding scale rate schedule.
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