We're YOUR Mental Health Advocacy and Education Organization
Every day, the lives of friends, family, and community members are touched by the work of Mental Health America of Greater Houston. Since 1954, we have served as your mental health advocacy and education organization. As the needs of the community change, our response evolves as well.
For sixty years, the foundation of our work has focused on combating the discriminatory attitudes that surround these illnesses. From that platform, we have tackled a myriad of critical issues including increased access to mental health services, early identification and intervention, quality of care, the continuum of care and safety net issues, the integration of primary care and behavioral health, living well at all ages and stages of life, and more.
Our work with faith communities and law enforcement has formed deep roots and significant impact over six decades. We have endeavored to work in select populations as well as the general public through awareness campaigns, media and events.
A few highlights include:
- advocating for the establishment of the mental health crisis intervention team at the Houston Police Department;
- leading the push that resulted in mental health screenings for youth entering the Harris County juvenile justice system;
- supporting the reintegration of returning veterans through the Veterans’ Behavioral Health Initiative, including co-hosting the first Mental Health Summit with the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center as part of the VA’s efforts to expand mental health resources to meet Veterans’ needs;
- educating and encouraging area corporations and businesses to voluntarily offer mental health and substance use disorders insurance coverage, “parity,” at the same level to their employees before it became the law of the land;
- encouraging legislation that resulted in healthcare institutions offering postpartum depression education for new mothers;
- advocating for changes that resulted in the City’s first standardized Boarding Home regulations;
- supporting the push for Texas' HB 1386 which requires that a list of best practice suicide prevention programs are sent to school districts, and that school districts include suicide prevention in their Improvement Plans;
- advancing integrated health care throughout Texas with organizations that work and learn together, identifying best practices to provide higher quality, comprehensive and coordinated care for individuals and their families;
- leading the fight for the passage of legislation in 2013 which requires mental health trainings in educator preparation programs, mental health trainings for current teachers and administrators, and local school health advisory committees to make recommendations on strategies to prevent mental health concerns among students
As we move forward, our work is guided by 1) the needs of the community 2) lessons learned 3) knowledge of national best practices and 4) our assessment of where we can best serve.
With the help of our Board of Directors and partners in the community, we do our best to determine where the assets of Mental Health America of Greater Houston can best contribute. We gratefully acknowledge our friends and supporters and welcome your thoughts on the Mental Health America of Greater Houston of the future.
If you have suggestions on how Mental Health America of Greater Houston can best respond to the needs of our community, please contact me, Susan Fordice, president and CEO at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Pictured: Members of the Board of Directors (http://www.mhahouston.org/board-of-directors/) and Staff (http://www.mhahouston.org/mha-staff/) at Mental Health America of Greater Houston
(First row - l to r): Denis DeBakey, Suzan Samuels, Connie Estopinal, Curtis Mooney, Yvonne Mendoza, Sally Lehr, Susan Fordice, Gwen Emmett, Theresa Redburn, Anne Frischkorn, Louise Duble, Michael Jhin, Katelyn McClelland and Tony Solomon. (Second row - l to r): Melissa Mitchell, Randy Barnes, Alejandra Posada, Courtney Taylor, Anne Eldredge and Aleida Chavez.