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Bruce was referred to the Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver program in April 2018. He struggled with family stress and experienced intense school and interpersonal conflict. His file included reports of emotional outbursts and physical aggression.
Upon referral to the Community Living Support program, Bruce began seeing a recreational therapist who taught him coping skills to help him solve problems more effectively. He also developed a crisis plan to implement the strategies he was taught.
Bruce graduated the program with demonstrated ability in decreasing emotional outbursts and aggression. Communication at home and school also improved. His legal authorized representative reports Bruce thriving during challenges now.
Bruce continues to receive services through The Harris Center and engages with a psychiatrist monthly to ensure he takes all medication as prescribed to continue making progress.
Felicia Mirghassemi, MS, LPC
Clinical Team Leader
*The name of the client has been altered to safeguard the client’s privacy.
Jail Re-Entry Program: Mr. Simon* is an Iraq War veteran who was referred to us by Brothers in Arms, a program assisting veterans at the Harris County jail. Shortly before Mr. Simon was released, we offered him a bed at our new Jail Re-Entry program during the time Veterans Affairs coordinated permanent housing for him. Mr. Simon was admitted to our program on Jan. 11 this year.
Savannah was referred to our YES Waiver program in November 2019. At that time, she was engaging in self-harm and was also fighting depression and anxiety.
Eileen is a 24 year-old woman diagnosed with a severe intellectual and developmental disability. Because of her diagnosis, Eileen has had to endure several unique challenges. One challenge in particular has caused Eileen some distress over the years - not being able to control her urination and defecation, having to wear supportive undergarments since she was an infant.
Marcus was the first graduate of the Southwest Adults Clinic Anger Management program completed this course in October. He expressed gratitude for the progress he has made. Marcus shared with us that he is now able to use coping skills.
Anaira noted Maritza’s baby seemed happy and well cared for, but during her observations, she became concerned about Martiza when she noticed changes in Martiza’s self-care.
"I received a call from a woman who was depressed and felt like no one appreciated her. She stated that her sons always responded when she requested assistance, but they never just called to check on her and say 'hello.'
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