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Mayor Sylvester Turner highlights local efforts to prevent suicides among veterans, active military and family members

Mayor Sylvester Turner highlights local efforts to prevent suicides among veterans, active military and family members

The City of Houston and local agencies are working closer together to increase suicide awareness and prevention support for those who have bravely served our country, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Thursday in conjunction with the start of National Suicide Prevention Month.

The effort is part of the Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families. Houston is one of the initial seven U.S. cities to participate in the challenge, founded last year by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Coming Soon: CARF International

Coming Soon: CARF International

A survey team from CARF International* will be visiting on September 25 - 27, 2019. We invited the surveyors to evaluate how well we meet international standards for quality. The survey will tell us what we are doing well and ways we might improve. As a result of this survey, we may earn or continue accreditation.

As part of the survey, the surveyors will interview people who receive services, their families, our staff, and others. Some questions the survey team members might ask people are:

The Harris Center is now a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic

The Harris Center is proud to announce that we are now a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). This accomplishment helps pursue The Harris Centers goal of becoming the most innovative behavioral health system in the country. 

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

At The Harris Center we understand how crucial it is for everyone to care about mental health. Our team had a great time celebrating Mental Health Awareness Month and everything we do together to promote the importance of mental health in our community. How awesome it is to be part of this worthy cause!


Harris County Mental Health Jail Diversion Program

Harris County Mental Health Jail Diversion Program

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg and The Harris Center’s CEO Wayne Young met with law enforcement leaders from throughout Harris County earlier today to give an update on the success of the Harris County Mental Health Jail Diversion Program, which includes the Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Diversion Center. This innovative program provides law enforcement with a community-based alternative for persons with mental illness who have been picked up for low-level, non-violent offenses such as trespass.

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