Children's Behavioral Health Services
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Children's Mental Health Services

How We Deliver Service

Behavioral illness can affect people of any age, including children. It can make life at school, home, and in the community difficult for your child, but it can also challenge you as a parent. It’s important for you to know that The Harris Center is here to help you. We have numerous children’s programs and services that serve children with serious emotional disturbance and provide early intervention services. Click Locations to find the most appropriate location for you and your family.

  • Walk-in Eligibility Center
  • Southwest Community Service Center
  • Southeast Community Service
  • Airline children and Adolescent Services/YES Waiver
  • Co-Location School Based Programs
  • Choices
  • Community Based Stabilization Unit
  • Juvenile Justice Alternative Education (JJAEP)

Services may also be provided in your child’s home and school and through our co-location clinics.

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For questions about our services, scheduling appointments, and more, contact The Harris Center Patient Access Line.

713-970-7000

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Children and Adolescent Services (CAS)

Children and Adolescent Services (CAS) are behavioral health services available to youth ages 3-17 that reside in Harris County. Referrals for CAS come through The Harris Center CAS Eligibility Center, Juvenile Justice Programs, and local Independent School Districts (ISDs). Services may be provided in the home, school, or community. Services are coordinated by a lead Care Coordinator and include a wide range of approaches, interventions, and treatments to best support the child's individual needs. 

Services:

  • Mental health assessments
  • Skills training
  • Case management
  • Medication education and management
  • Counseling
  • Crisis Management
  • Certified Family Partner support (serves as connection between family and agency)
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Co-Location Clinics

In addition to the Community Service Centers, The Harris Center offers additional Co-Location Clinics that serve as additional sites in the Harris County Area where youth can access services. To receive services at one of the Co-Location sites, youth must be referred by The Harris Center CAS Eligibility Center, Juvenile Justice Programs, and/or local Independent School Districts (ISDs). For eligible individuals, services will be provided at one of the following co-locations: Alief Clinic, Magnolia Clinic, Pasadena Clinic, Spring Branch Clinic, or Northeast Clinic. Services at each co-location are coordinated by a lead Care Coordinator and include a wide range of approaches, interventions, and treatments to best support the child's individual needs. 

Services:

  • Mental health assessments
  • Psychiatric assessments
  • Skills training
  • Case management
  • Medication education and management
  • Counseling
  • Crisis Management
  • Certified Family Partner support 
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    Community Outreach Programs

    Children's community outreach programs take place in the community and allow families to interact with local vendors that provide healthcare, resource, parent trainings, behavioral health, and IDD services. Community outreach programs and presentations may be found at local community events or school functions in partnership with local Independent School Districts. 

    Services:

    • Linkage with community resources
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    Community Unit Probation Services (CUPS) Program

    Community Unit Probation Services (CUPS) is a Juvenile Justice program that provides supervision and rehabilitative services for youth ages 10-17 located throughout Harris County that have been involved with the criminal justice system. The multi-disciplinary team may consist of a case worker, nurse, doctor, Juvenile Probation Officer, certified family partners, and/or the parents of the minor. The goal of the CUPS program is to provide rehabilitative and supervisory services to 

    Services:

    • Probationary and parole supervision
    • Linkage to community resources
    • Therapy services
    • Certified Family Partner support
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    Early Childhood Intervention (ECI)

    The Harris Center provides Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services for children up to age 3 with developmental delays, disabilities, or certain medical diagnoses that affect development. ECI provides support and coaching to families to help their child learn and grow. Referrals for ECI services are accepted through parents, doctors, social services agencies, DFPS, schools, and other community referral services.

    ECI is a statewide program under the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. 

    Services:

    • Early intervention services for children under the age of 3
    • Case management
    • Service coordination
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    Eligibility Center

    The Eligibility Center at The Harris Center provides assessments, treatment plans, and referrals for children and adolescents ages 3-17 that live in Harris County. The Eligibility Center strives to educate youth and families on recognizing and managing behavioral health symptoms and supporting an increased awareness of behavioral health through the coordination of agency and community resources.

    Services:

    • Psychiatric assessment
    • Psychological assessment
    • Skills training
    • Case management
    • Referrals to inpatient and/or outpatient services
    • Family Partner support
    • Crisis management
    • Parent and child skills training
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    Outpatient Behavioral Health Programs at Community Service Centers

    Overview

    Behavioral illness can affect people of any age, including children. It can make life at school, home and in the community difficult for your child, but it can also challenge you as a parent. It’s important for you to know that The Harris Center is here to help you. The Harris Center offers a wide array of services at three locations in the Greater Houston Area:

    • Southwest Community Service Center
      9401 Southwest Freeway, Houston
    • Southeast Community Service Center
      5901 Long Drive, Houston
    • Airline Children and Adolescent Services/YES Waiver
      6032 Airline Drive
    • Northeast Youth and Family Wellness Center
      7200 N Loop East

    Eligibility

    • Child or adolescent ages 3-17
    • Harris County resident
    • May be referred through Children and Adolescents Services (CAS) eligibility center or local school ISD

    Services

    • Behavioral health assessment
    • Medication-related services
    • Routine case management
    • Intensive case management
    • Parent and child behavior-management skills training
    • Counseling (Cognitive Behavior Therapy)
    • Parent partners (peer support for parents)
    • Crisis management
    • Adaptive Aids & Supports
    • Community Living Supports
    • Family Supports
    • Non-Medical Transportation
    • Paraprofessional Services
    • Therapy
    • Supportive Family Based Alternatives
    • Transitional Services

    Services provided in the community and through telehealth and include:

    • Psychiatric Evaluations
    • Medication-related services
    • Routine Case Management
    • Parent and child behavior management skills training
    • Counseling (Cognitive Behavior Therapy)
    • Family Partners (peer support for parents)
    • Crisis Management
    • Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health Services
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    Peer Services Program

    Peer Services is comprised of Behavioral Health Peer Specialists and Certified Family Partners. The program provides nonclinical recovery focused supportive serves and groups to our Adult Mental Health (AMH) and Children and Adolescent Services (CAS) mental health clinics and programs. Peer Services also facilitates recovery training for New Employee Orientation (NEO) with The Harris Center.

    • Operates in conjunction with the MH clinics and YES Waiver
    • Referrals come from the MH clinic to our program by using the Peer services referral email link
    • Peer Services is a voluntary service however must be on the plan of care
    • Services provided in the community, in the home and the clinic
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    Childrens Substance Use Recovery
    Substance Use Recovery Services (SURS)

    The Harris Center provides comprehensive substance use recovery services for adolescents ages 13-17 who have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. This integrated treatment approach is designed to treat both substance use and mental health disorders in adolescents. Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors (LCDCs) at The Harris Center are trained and licensed to provide both individual and group therapy to support adolescents with substance abuse disorders.

    Services:

    • Screening and assessments
    • Case management
    • Substance use treatment
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    Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Waiver

    The YES (Youth Empowerment Services) Waiver is a 1915(c) Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services Waiver that allows for more flexibility in the funding of intensive community-based services to assist children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbances to live in the community with their families.

    YES Waiver services are provided in combination with services available through the Medicaid State Plan, other federal, state, and local programs the individual may qualify for, and the natural supports that families and communities provide.

      Who is eligible for YES Waiver services?
      To participate in the YES Waiver, the child or adolescent must meet the following criteria:

      • Demographic Criteria
        • Be between 3-18 years of age;
        • Reside in Harris County; and
        • Reside in a non-institutional setting with the child’s or adolescent’s Legally Authorized Representative or in the child’s or adolescent’s own home or apartment, if legally emancipated.
      • Clinical Criteria:
        Serious functional impairment or acute severe psychiatric symptoms, as indicated by:
        • Risk of Self-Harm
        • Disruptive or Aggressive Behavior
        • Family Resources
        • School Behavior
        • Current Diagnosis
        • There is a reasonable expectation that without YES Waiver services, the child or adolescent would qualify for inpatient care.
      • Financial Criteria:
        A child or adolescent must be eligible for Medicaid.
        • For current Medicaid recipients - you may already meet financial requirements for the YES Waiver or additional information may be required. 
        • For non-current Medicaid recipients, you may qualify to receive Medicaid through the YES Waiver (Special Waiver Income Group).

      Financial eligibility is based on standards to determine eligibility for Medicaid in institutions and parental income is not counted. All YES Waiver participants will also receive benefits to access all Medicaid State Plan Services that are medically necessary.

      To obtain more information or to register on the Inquiry List, call (713) 970-7212.

      Wait List
      The amount of time you may have to wait to see if you are eligible will depend on whether there is a YES Waiver spot currently available and the date you were registered on the Interest List. When a spot is available, the Local Behavioral Health Authority will contact you by phone and in writing notifying you of an available spot and to schedule an appointment to begin the eligibility determination process. You may continue to receive other services that you qualify for while on the YES Waiver Inquiry List.

      Services:

      • Adaptive Aids and Supports
      • Community Living Supports
      • Family Supports
      • Minor Home Modifications
      • Non-Medical Transportation
      • Paraprofessional Services
      • Therapy
      • Respite Services
      • Supportive Family Based Alternatives
      • Transitional Services