The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD As the largest behavioral and developmental disability care center in Texas, The Harris Center provides a full continuum of services to 86 sites across Harris County.
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Our mission is to transform the lives of people with behavioral health and IDD needs. The Harris Center is the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority and Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) Authority serving Harris County, Texas. Our vision is to empower people with behavioral health and IDD needs to improve their lives through an accessible, integrated and comprehensive recovery-oriented system of care.

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The sun will rise and we will try again! This is a friendly reminder that you CAN handle whatever this week throws at yo...
03/29/2021

The sun will rise and we will try again! This is a friendly reminder that you CAN handle whatever this week throws at you. #MondayMotivation

Teachers play a crucial role helping children navigate stress. For your own mental health, it’s important to be aware of...
03/29/2021

Teachers play a crucial role helping children navigate stress. For your own mental health, it’s important to be aware of your stress levels. Know your stress signals. If you need to talk, call 833-927-1806 for free emotional support. #TexansRecoveringTogether

Parents – we know your children mean the world to you. Prioritizing your mental health as a parent is good for the famil...
03/26/2021

Parents – we know your children mean the world to you. Prioritizing your mental health as a parent is good for the family. If you need to talk, call 833-927-1806 for free emotional support. #TexansRecoveringTogether

03/24/2021

We stand firmly in solidarity with the AAPI community against all forms of violence, racism, prejudice and hate. These acts of violence are unacceptable and have no place within our society.

At The Harris Center, we believe diversity strengthens our community. Stand Up to #StopAsianHate.

03/23/2021

Did you know about The Harris Center's partnership with Bloom Fitness? March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all areas of community life. #DDAwareness #DisabilityNotDefinition

Providing supported single room occupancy with 25 beds, 1215 Dennis  offers onsite programming for its residents. Learn ...
03/19/2021

Providing supported single room occupancy with 25 beds, 1215 Dennis offers onsite programming for its residents. Learn more: http://bit.ly/3vsCHml.

Tag us and use #MakeADifference to show us how you choose to transform lives!

03/19/2021

That feeling you get when it's Friday🎉 Our Respite, Rehabilitation, and Re-Entry Center recently had a field day with games, food and prizes!

This center not only provides proper housing, but also houses cutting-edge services and programs to address the psychological, emotional, occupational, interpersonal, health and other effects to support individuals ability to function in society. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/MGiV50E2Gv9

"We all come in here with low self-esteem and they make you feel so welcome"-Resident of 1215 Dennis Street.  Learn more...
03/17/2021

"We all come in here with low self-esteem and they make you feel so welcome"-Resident of 1215 Dennis Street.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/3vsCHml

#MakeADifference

It's World Social Work Day! We thank our team members within the agency who work so hard to improve the lives of others....
03/16/2021

It's World Social Work Day! We thank our team members within the agency who work so hard to improve the lives of others. You are appreciated!

Our team is so passionate about their work, it is more than a job to them. Donna from the Harris Center tells us what being a social worker means to her.

How do I know if my 6 to 10-year-old is struggling with #COVID19? They may be angry, destructive or even revert to young...
03/15/2021
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

How do I know if my 6 to 10-year-old is struggling with #COVID19? They may be angry, destructive or even revert to younger behavior, like asking you to feed or dress them. @SAMHSA can help you talk to your kids. #TexansRecoveringTogether
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregivers-Parents-and-Teachers-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/PEP20-01-01-006

This fact sheet provides parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes potential reactions among youth and the support adults can provide to help them.

Model good mental health behaviors for your kids. Keep a routine, exercise regularly, meditate and try to express your f...
03/12/2021

Model good mental health behaviors for your kids. Keep a routine, exercise regularly, meditate and try to express your feelings instead of bottling them up. If you need to talk, call 833-927-1806 for free emotional support. #TexansRecoveringTogether

The Harris Center's Sarah Strang, Mobile Crisis Outreach Team and Project CHANGE Director, was invited  by Cypress-Fairb...
03/11/2021

The Harris Center's Sarah Strang, Mobile Crisis Outreach Team and Project CHANGE Director, was invited by Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Guidance and Counseling to to share about the work she and other members have done with the Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Veteran Suicides. You can view the presentation on CFISD Guidance & Counseling at 2pm on Facebook Live : http://ow.ly/6VMX50DWriG

For parents and caregivers of children with learning disabilities, this guide offers resources, activities and tools jus...
03/10/2021
COVID-19 Resources for Parents of Children with Intellectual or Other Developmental Disabilities

For parents and caregivers of children with learning disabilities, this guide offers resources, activities and tools just for you. For help coping with the stress of #COVID19, call 833-927-1806 for free emotional support. #TexansRecoveringTogether
https://myemail.constantcontact.com/COVID-19-Resources-for-Parents-of-Children-with-Intellectual-or-Other-Developmental-Disabilities.html?soid=1114625386453&aid=7uHDuQO0UDE

1215 Dennis is a program encompassing a setting that fosters and promotes wellness and behavioral health wrap around sup...
03/09/2021

1215 Dennis is a program encompassing a setting that fosters and promotes wellness and behavioral health wrap around supports for those transitioning from homelessness.

Tag us and use #MakeADifference to show us how you choose to transform lives!

Happy International Women's Day! Today we celebrate and appreciate the hard-working women within The Harris Center for M...
03/08/2021

Happy International Women's Day! Today we celebrate and appreciate the hard-working women within The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. A special playlist has been created on Spotify to highlight girl power and bring some good vibes to start off this week. Listen here: http://ow.ly/rW8b50DTqz1

Teens are going through developmental changes while coping with a pandemic. Teachers can help by being good listeners an...
03/08/2021
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Teens are going through developmental changes while coping with a pandemic. Teachers can help by being good listeners and offering healthy activities. Volunteering, drawing and writing about their feelings can help teens cope. Tips from @SAMHSA:
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregivers-Parents-and-Teachers-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/PEP20-01-01-006

This fact sheet provides parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes potential reactions among youth and the support adults can provide to help them.

This past year has been filled with uncertainties & challenges but our employees have risen to the occasion. Today and e...
03/05/2021

This past year has been filled with uncertainties & challenges but our employees have risen to the occasion. Today and everyday, #HappyEmployeeAppreciationDay to our team members for all of your hard work, dedication and commitment in carrying out our mission: To transform the lives of people with behavioral health and IDD needs. Thank you!

Signs children ages 6 to 10 are anxious or stressed include pulling away from friends or acting younger than their age. ...
03/05/2021
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Signs children ages 6 to 10 are anxious or stressed include pulling away from friends or acting younger than their age. Kids may also get angry for no reason or easily distracted. Here are some tips for helping them cope. #TexansRecoveringTogether
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregivers-Parents-and-Teachers-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/PEP20-01-01-006

This fact sheet provides parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes potential reactions among youth and the support adults can provide to help them.

As the pandemic continues to affect people's mental health, Jennifer Battle, Director of Access for the Harris Center, w...
03/04/2021

As the pandemic continues to affect people's mental health, Jennifer Battle, Director of Access for the Harris Center, was featured on Fox 26 this morning to discuss our COVID Mental Health Support Line. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for those in need: 1-833-986-1919.

To view the video, please click here: http://bit.ly/3beo7Xt

Daniel K. was a resident at 1215 Dennis St. and says the program helped change his perspective. Show us how you choose t...
03/03/2021

Daniel K. was a resident at 1215 Dennis St. and says the program helped change his perspective. Show us how you choose to #MakeADifference in your community by tagging us & using the hashtag. Keep an eye on our socials this month to learn more about the Harris Center's 1215 Dennis Street facility!

03/03/2021

Adults can help children see the good in a traumatic situation like #COVID19. Point out the selfless acts of frontline workers and ways your community is supporting one another. Recognizing the positive can improve mental health. #TexansRecoveringTogether

March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month! Over 5 million Americans are estimated to have a developmental disabi...
03/01/2021

March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month! Over 5 million Americans are estimated to have a developmental disability. Learn more about the Harris Center's IDD services offered: http://bit.ly/3ripgTq
#DDAwareness #DisabilityNotDefinition

Teachers – your mental health matters. The old adage that you must take care of yourself before you can take care of oth...
03/01/2021

Teachers – your mental health matters. The old adage that you must take care of yourself before you can take care of others is true. Make time for stress-relieving activities. If you need to talk, call 833-927-1806 for free emotional support. #TexansRecoveringTogether

Black mental health matters. Few touch on the emotional stoicism of Black men. Take a second to watch Actress Jada Pinke...
02/27/2021

Black mental health matters. Few touch on the emotional stoicism of Black men. Take a second to watch Actress Jada Pinkett Smith sit down with Grammy-winning rapper Kid Cudi on Red Table Talk to discuss his mental health problems & battle with addiction: http://ow.ly/ZyPV50DL0ih

Eliza Boquin, MA, LMFT & Ebonie Harris, MA, LPC, LMFT founded Melanin & Mental Health out of a desire to connect individ...
02/26/2021

Eliza Boquin, MA, LMFT & Ebonie Harris, MA, LPC, LMFT founded Melanin & Mental Health out of a desire to connect individuals with culturally competent clinicians committed to serving the mental health needs of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities. They are committed to promoting the growth and healing of Black & Latinx/Hispanic communities through their website, online directory, and monthly events. To learn more about their efforts, head here: http://ow.ly/PLSk50DKXpg

Help your 6 to 10-year-old manage the stress of #COVID19. Encourage them to draw, write or do something to help others, ...
02/26/2021
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Help your 6 to 10-year-old manage the stress of #COVID19. Encourage them to draw, write or do something to help others, like calling a lonely family member. Helping others relieves stress. #TexansRecoveringTogether
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregivers-Parents-and-Teachers-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/PEP20-01-01-006

This fact sheet provides parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes potential reactions among youth and the support adults can provide to help them.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) recently received approximately $1.3 billion to help Texas...
02/25/2021

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) recently received approximately $1.3 billion to help Texas renters pay rent and utility bills, including past due rent and utilities. This relief program is available through the federal Coronavirus Relief Bill Rental Assistance Program. TDHCA began accepting applications from landlords and tenants on Feb. 15, 2021. To learn more & see if you qualify, visit TexasRentRelief.com or call 833-9TX-RENT (833-989-7368).

Most children want to talk about how #COVID19 is affecting them. Be a good listener. Accept and validate their feelings....
02/24/2021

Most children want to talk about how #COVID19 is affecting them. Be a good listener. Accept and validate their feelings. Tell them sadness, anger or whatever they’re feeling is OK. Talking helps us process our emotions. #TexansRecoveringTogether

The Harris Center's Director of Government and Public Affairs, Amanda Jones, had the opportunity to serve on a panel for...
02/23/2021

The Harris Center's Director of Government and Public Affairs, Amanda Jones, had the opportunity to serve on a panel for Advocacy 101 sponsored by Network of Behavioral Health Providers and presented an introduction to the Texas state budget. #behavioralhealthcommunity

Texas' winter storm has taken a toll on many. A daily reminder to take a step back & breathe. Harris County residents, i...
02/22/2021

Texas' winter storm has taken a toll on many. A daily reminder to take a step back & breathe. Harris County residents, if you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, The Harris Center's Crisis Line is available 24 hours per day/7 days per week: 713-970-7000, option 1.

Teachers – watch for these signs that a child aged 6-10 might be anxious or stressed. They may pull away from friends, b...
02/22/2021
Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Teachers – watch for these signs that a child aged 6-10 might be anxious or stressed. They may pull away from friends, be angry for no reason, get easily distracted or act younger than their age. #TexansRecoveringTogether Learn more from @SAMHSA:
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregivers-Parents-and-Teachers-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks/PEP20-01-01-006

This fact sheet provides parents, caregivers, and teachers with strategies for helping children manage their stress during an infectious disease outbreak. It describes potential reactions among youth and the support adults can provide to help them.

Parents and caregivers! @Sesame-Street is a go-to spot for activities that support young children during #COVID19. It’s ...
02/19/2021
Caring for Each Other

Parents and caregivers! @Sesame-Street is a go-to spot for activities that support young children during #COVID19. It’s full of videos, games and interactive experiences that bring comfort and playful learning to this moment. #TexansRecoveringTogether
https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring

Your friends on Sesame Street are here to support you during the COVID-19 health crisis.

College students – how are you creating structure during this weird time? Even if you’re home with your family and going...
02/17/2021

College students – how are you creating structure during this weird time? Even if you’re home with your family and going to college from your old bedroom, routines can help your mental health. Try waking up and going to bed at the same time each day. #TexansRecoveringTogether

This isn’t a normal school year for teachers. Try to accept the unpredictable and give yourself some grace. What can you...
02/15/2021

This isn’t a normal school year for teachers. Try to accept the unpredictable and give yourself some grace. What can you do to manage the stress of teaching in this environment? If you need to talk, call 833-927-1806 for free emotional support. #TexansRecoveringTogether

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9401 Southwest Fwy
Houston, TX
77074

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Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(713) 970-7000

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