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New Clinics and Services Offer Help for Mental Health Crisis — But Is It Enough?

Recently, Memorial Hermann opened its third Mental Health Crisis Clinic in Meyerland. It’s a location that opens from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. so people in need in the middle of the night can access help. Oftentimes these people can find themselves incarcerated at the Harris County Jail when it’s really mental health services they […]

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Recently, Memorial Hermann opened its third Mental Health Crisis Clinic in Meyerland. It's a location that opens from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. so people in need in the middle of the night can access help. Oftentimes these people can find themselves incarcerated at the Harris County Jail when it's really mental health services they need.

Memorial Hermann also opened up a jail kiosk staffed by two social workers from the hospital to sit in the inmate release area to help direct inmates with mental health needs to various resources like housing, work, clothing, etc.

So, why are these clinics being opened in the community and what kind of need is there for more of them?

We learn more from Bill Kelly, director of government affairs and public policy at Mental Health America of Greater Houston, and from Theresa Fawvor, associate vice president of behavioral health services for Memorial Hermann.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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