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Houston police see increase in mental health calls since start of COVID-19 pandemic
7/31/2020 - KHOU-11

On the streets of Houston, fighting crime isn’t the only job police officers are doing these days. “We can say we have seen an increase in mental health related calls for service to HPD," Asst. Chief Wendy Baimbridge, with the Houston Police Department, said.

Experts talk mental health as start of school draws near
7/30/2020 - The Houston Chronicle

Region 4, in partnership with the Harris Center for Mental Health and the Texas State of Mind/Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, has trained about 1,900 teachers and staff members in Mental Health First Aid,” Wells said. “But mental health for students is not just a function of dealing with trauma: it also involves helping students develop resilience and life skills.”

Amidst Calls for Defunding Police HPD Dedicates More Dollars to Mental Health Unit
7/23/2020 - Reform Austin

Following the death of George Floyd and the corresponding protests about police brutality, there has been a push across the nation, including here in Texas, to defund the police.

Opinion: More iPads, less arrests — Telehealth helps law enforcement deescalate mental health crisis calls
7/10/2020 - The Houston Chronicle

While communities across the country are implementing innovative strategies to divert people away from jails and prevent this churn, Harris County is ahead of the curve thanks to a cutting-edge telehealth program — one that could serve as a model for the country.

'The wave of the future': How police and social workers partner up to help those in crisis
7/9/2020 - The Houston Chronicle

Michael Hawkins and his partner, a Houston police officer, pulled up to a Memorial City gas station last week, responding to a report of a possibly suicidal man.

AV rises to the challenge’ special: tech for good
7/7/2020 - AV Magazine

In healthcare, as in other sectors, the pandemic is accelerating technology adoption. Zoe Mutter examines how innovation has been lending healthcare professionals a helping hand.

Mental health resources available in Harris County
6/25/2020 - FOX26 Houston

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?
6/25/2020 - Forbes

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
6/25/2020 - Becker's Hospital Review

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
6/25/2020 - The Katy News

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

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