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Mental health resources available in Harris County 

Chief Medical Officer, Daryl Knox M.D. and Harris County Mental Health Program Manager for the Crisis Counseling Program, Dana Sobers Ben, MSW share resources available in our area for mental health with Isiah Carey.


Employers: Is Your Workplace Trauma-Informed? 

Access Director Jennifer Battle shares what a trauma-informed workplace includes and ways for employers to look for signs of significant stress in an employee.


FCC grants $29.41M more in telehealth funding to 77 providers 

The Federal Communications Commission approved its 12th wave of COVID-19 telehealth program applications June 24, granting another $29.41 million to 77 healthcare providers nationwide.


Cornyn: Houston Area Clinics to Receive $932K in Funds to Improve Telehealth 

The funding, which was appropriated by Congress in March as part of the CARES Act, comes through the Federal Communications Commission.


Mental Health Hotline Open to All Texans During Pandemic 

There's a new hotline open to Texans battling the secondary health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic: the strain on mental health.

The Texas Health and Human Services department is running the COVID-19 crisis hotline as an outlet for moments of crisis or just a listening ear.


New Harris Center COVID-19 Support Line Offers Comfort Across the Lone Star State 

The hotline is free and operational 24/7.


Quarantine Anxiety: Do you or someone you love need help? 

The impact of the coronavirus is taking a mental health toll on so many. More people are taking anti-anxiety medication and experts believe it could get worse.

How do you know if you might need help? What about someone you love? We are here to help.


Doctors seeing major increase in anxiety, depression among patients amid COVID-19 pandemic 

Mental health care professionals and others in the medical community are seeing the coronavirus pandemic take its toll on their patients.


Strong demand for mental health support in Houston area 

The coronavirus pandemic hasn’t just caused physical pain and suffering. It’s also taken quite a toll on the mental health of thousands of Texans.

The COVID-19 crisis is taking a mental toll. Anxiety and anger over the potential infection, job loss, and isolation are showing up in calls for help with mental issues. 5/12/2020


Mental health hotline is helping Texans navigate the pandemic 

Within the first month of its launch, the state’s new mental health support line received nearly 2,000 calls from Texans in 100 counties who were struggling with fears of getting sick, feelings of isolation from social distancing and anxiety over a crashing economy caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


Mental health hotline helping Texans navigate COVID-19 pandemic 

The Harris Center, a health authority in the Houston area, and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission — which had seen a 500% jump in traffic to its webpages on mental health and substance abuse resources — joined forces and provided the service to callers statewide March 31.


We’re Living in Traumatic Times Thanks to Coronavirus, So Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself 

Houston mental health experts discuss how the pandemic is affecting our brains, and what that means.


Mental health organizations see increase in demand as COVID-19 crisis continues 

Health, financial security, and a multitude of other anxieties can corrode mental health during the novel coronavirus pandemic. These factors have combined to create a spike in people seeking mental health resources in the greater Houston area.


High school friends team up to give cookies to area hospital 

An executive for BP Oil’s Houston office, Butler also runs Missouri City-based bakery DB Delectables, while Long is a data systems manager for the Harris Center for Mental Health. They said they took a break from their jobs April 7 and teamed up to deliver 700 cookies and treats to the staff at CHI St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital, where Long’s sister, Dawn, works as a nurse.


How coronavirus could affect suicide rates in Greater Houston 

Suicide rates, which had been on the rise long before the coronavirus pandemic, could continue to increase because of it, according to Cammy Hazim, southeast Texas area director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.


Leadership Conversations: The Harris Center 

We spoke with Wayne Young, CEO of The Harris Center, about how his organization uses the Lifesize platform to deliver personalized care and consultations to their clients. 


For People Struggling With Mental Health, ‘Social Distancing’ Can Be More Difficult 

Social distancing guidelines, recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread of COVID-19, could cause more psychological distress on those who already suffer from mood disorders and other mental health issues.


Feeling stressed? How positive reframing may help 

Many of our lives have been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. Some of us are parenting and working from home. You may be worried about you or someone you love getting sick. We are in is a stressful time.


Crisis concerns coming into Harris County hotline 

Since March 18, the Harris Center for Mental Health has been taking calls from across Texas.

They’ve found many of us are experiencing abnormal amounts of anxiety, fear, and feelings of isolation.


New statewide support line for mental health needs related to COVID-19 

Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.


Watch our interview with Judge Lina Hidalgo on coronavirus in Texas and its impact on Harris County 

We hosted an interview Friday with Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, who discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the Houston community.


COVID-19 mental health support line opens to Victoria area 

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD located in Houston is providing a COVID-19 24/7 mental health support line that covers Victoria.


People with Medicare can now visit doctors from home 

 There are now more options for people who might need to see a doctor without having to leave their homes.


GCSW Alumna Jennifer Battle Discusses Harris County Crisis Diversion Program and Mental Health 

As discussions regarding mental health have become more socially acceptable and a frequent topic of conversation, many social workers have been spearheading these efforts throughout their careers. 


Texas To Get Funds To Improve Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

Texas Health and Human Services is getting a financial boost from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline aimed to help more Texans get the mental health help they need… The other organizations that receiving grant funds are the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, Integral Care in Travis County and Emergence Health Network in El Paso County.


State Capital Highlights: Hegar transfers excess revenue into rainy day, highway funds 

Grant to enhance Lifeline - Health and Human Services plans to contract with four local mental health authorities to implement the grant in March 2020: The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD; Integral Care (Travis County); MHMR of Tarrant County; and Emergence Health Network in El Paso County.


Harris Co. program lowers jail costs, population but cuts out punishment 

Harris County is booking hundreds fewer offenders since the Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Diversion Center opened in September 2018.


Rethinking 911: Are Police The Right Response When Mental Illness Is Involved? Advocates Say No 

On a September day in 2017, police were called to a red brick multi-family home on Pratt Avenue in the Eastchester section of the Bronx. They went to perform a “wellness check” at the request of a landlord who was concerned about his tenant.


The Harris Center mentioned in Mundo Latino TV 

Training Coordinator Consuelo Martinez and Communications Specialist Jazmin Almanza shared about the services The Harris Center provides (minute 35:45)


How do you find therapy in Houston? 

Experts say there are a number of factors to keep in mind when picking a Houston-area mental health professional, such as office location and specialties.


As part of The Mayor's Challenge and National Suicide Prevention Month, Mayor Turner joins local active military and veterans organizations to raise awareness and promote programs that support veterans and their families 

MCOT Program Director Sarah Strang provided an interview after the press conference to share about the supports The Harris Center offers


Houston Wants To Raise Awareness Of Veteran Suicides — And Provide Help 

The city is participating in an initiative by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. National statistics indicate that 20 veterans die by suicide every day.


Suicide Care Initiative aims to connect Texans with the right resources 

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is launching the Suicide Care Initiative across the state to offer additional training for local mental health providers. 


Top 25 Innovators - Wayne Young, CEO, Harris Center for Mental Health 

 CEO Wayne Young was named among the top 25 innovators by Modern Healthcare.


Behind the hotline, counselors and others ready to help at the Harris Center 

Reaching out for help is often difficult, even more so when you are in a crisis. 


Texas County Pilots Telehealth Crisis Response Program 

News article about the Tele-Psychiatry Program. Ann MacLeod, Dr. Vinay Kapoor and Wayne shared with the reporter about this innovative program. 


Resources for Santa Fe students, parents as classes resume 

HOUSTON - For students and parents in Santa Fe, every day since the shooting has been an emotional battle. Even small tasks, like going to the school to get backpacks, have a heightened sense of anxiety...


Newsmakers for Jan. 7: Mental health help for Harvey victims 

HOUSTON - As we start 2018, the challenges created by Hurricane Harvey remain.

The recovery process is still slow for some and stressful for all. That’s where Texans Recovering Together can help those dealing with problems that can lead to serious mental health concerns...


How do you talk to your kids about the Vegas shooting? 

HOUSTON--The mass shooting in Las Vegas has added another horrific moment to the American history books.

Today, October 3 is the 274th day of the year and according to the Gun Violence Archive, in 2017 there have been 273 mass shootings and counting...


County mental health agency hires new CEO 

The agency in charge of Harris County's indigent mental health services has selected a Fort Worth administrator as its new CEO, the first change in its top leadership in a quarter century.

The trustee board for the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, formerly known as the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority, Tuesday voted to hire Wayne Young, senior vice president of behavioral health for the Tarrant County Hospital District.


Houston Harvey victims tending to their mental health needs during suicide prevention month 

HOUSTON -- When Annie Woodard's Sunnyside home flooded out, she went to Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in southeast Houston for shelter and supplies. But what she found, was someone to talk to...


Texas Prisoner Responds To Theory That He’s Responsible For Galveston Serial Murders 

Houston Matters recently brought you the story of two investigators who have a theory as to who might’ve killed eleven young women in and around Galveston in the 1970s...


Harris County needs more funds to address scope of mental health concerns 

“The good news is, in a world that has become very partisan and very uncivil in terms of politics, everybody agrees mental health is an issue we can all work on,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett said.


Texas falls short on mental health access, spending 

As part of the program, the county works with law enforcement to identify individuals with multiple arrests who have potential behavioral health issues. Instead of booking them again in the county jail, individuals are referred to health care professionals for medical care.


Baylor moves aspiring psychiatrists into new classroom: Harris County Jail 

Psychiatric residents treat inmates as part of new program. The Harris Center for Mental Health and Intellectual Developmental Disorder, a county agency formerly known as MHMRA that serves the jail, received $60,000 in new state money to fund a correctional psychiatry rotation with Baylor College of Medicine residents, making the jail a sort of unorthodox teaching hospital.


Why (and when) outsourcing security makes sense 

Offloading security strategy and day-to-day operations to a managed security service provider can free up IT resources. But be prepared: It’s not an entirely hands-off proposition.