Innovation, Collaboration, and Partnership between Crisis Services and 1st Responders in Harris County, Texas

Sponsor: National Council for Behavioral Health

Description: The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, located in one of the most diverse communities in the United States, Houston, Texas, has a long history of effective and innovative collaboration with first responders.  Some of their most recent innovations include the CORE program which is a strategy of responding to mental health crisis calls using a tablet and a HIPAA-approved technology platform to connect a law enforcement first responder with a mental health clinician in the community at the time of the 911 dispatch; a new Respite, Rehab, and Re-Entry facility which provides pre-charge jail diversion in partnership with many collaborators including The Houston Police Department and Harris County Sheriff’s Office; and a 911 Crisis Call Diversion program in partnership with the Houston Fire Department and Houston Police Department.  During this webinar we will talk about how The Harris Center was able to coordinate with first responder partners to bring these programs to fruition and the outcomes they are seeing in their community due to these collaborations.


  • Wayne Young, MBA, LPC, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer at The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
  • Wendy Baimbridge, Assistant Chief at the Houston Police Department
  • Jose Gomez, Sergeant at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office

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Event Details

January 23, 2021
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm