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New UTHealth Houston academic psychiatric hospital opens next month in partnership with state
2/3/2022 - Newswise

A new academic psychiatric hospital, part of the John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center, will combine the most advanced patient care, research, and education when it opens next month at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth Houston) in partnership with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Medical Center. 

“We will also partner with our local mental health authority, the Harris Center, to provide a housing component to our continuum with the new supported housing units they have recently opened. By providing a complete and integrated continuum of care, we expect to get much better outcomes for our patients.”

UTHealth Houston unveils new public psychiatric hospital, the first in Texas in 25 years
2/2/2022 - Houston Chronicle

"Bringing this type of capacity and expertise to our community will be transformational and will dramatically impact the mental health of our community.” - Wayne Young, CEO of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD.

Houston, Harris County aim to cut homelessness in half with $100 million investment
1/26/2022 - Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle - Important announcement about an initiative to house thousands of people experiencing homelessness and to make critical enhancements that will bring the region closer to ending homelessness. 

Planned Houston center to help decommission homeless camps meets opposition in Fifth Ward
1/25/2022 - Houston Chronicle

The center, which would have around-the-clock security, would offer resources to the community. Plans include giving neighbors access to services from the healthcare system Harris Health, the mental health provider The Harris Center...

Statewide resource helps with pandemic-related stress
1/18/2022 - KLTV

Texas Health and Human Services says they’ve received more than 20,000 calls to their COVID-19 mental health support line since March 2020. Operated by the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the support line offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid from mental health professionals.

How Mental Illness Can Increase COVID Risk: Shots
1/3/2022 - ApXap

The risk of death from COVID-19 increased by 50% for people with a history of mental illness compared to those without such a history, says Li, who is now the Chief Medical Officer of the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD in Texas.

States, cities setting up mental health hotlines for those struggling during pandemic
1/3/2022 - ABC Action News

The pandemic has taken a toll on many people's mental health, leading health agencies across the country to set up hotlines for struggling people. Jennifer Battle with the Harris Center for Mental Health in Texas said the agency has been getting phone calls from health care workers, parents and teachers.

Victim of violent crime in Houston area? This is help you need to know about
12/31/2021 - KPRC

See resources available to anyone who has been impacted by crime and their families.

Pandemic exacerbates anxiety, depression in Bay Area residents
12/27/2021 - Community Impact News

According to data from The Harris Center, the center’s crisis line has seen a 58% increase in callers since April 2020 who presented symptoms, concerns or suicidal ideation requiring a telephonic mental health assessment as well as a 34% rise in calls from county residents via the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is answered by The Harris Center crisis line.

COVID-19 in Texas: Omicron may exacerbate pandemic mental health concerns
12/24/2021 - Defender Network

Earlier in the week, someone called the state’s COVID-19 mental health support line to talk through their family’s decision to cancel Christmas celebrations amid the rapid spread of the omicron... 

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