Be Well, Be Connected
Be Well, Be Connected, a SAMHSA-funded grant program, awarded to the City of Houston and managed by the Mayor’s Office of Education, in partnership with Baylor College of Medicine, offers access to mental health care to Houston-area youth ages 9-17 who have serious and persistent mental illness. School-based screenings, referrals, and home and community-based services are provided. Direct services are offered to youth who are experiencing disruption and interference in their lives from serious emotional disturbances (SED), including first episode psychosis, bipolar disorder, and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD). The services include family support that is offered in their homes and communities.
The grant additionally provides first level screening in five school public school districts and one charter district across the Houston area, as well as immediate tele-mental health crisis-care at select school campuses, connecting the children and their families with resources beyond the immediate crisis through the Texas State Child Mental Health Consortium. This SAMHSA grant opportunity coupled with the State Consortium will allow better coordination among services and an overall increase in available services – services that are desperately needed.
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Other systems partnering in “Be Well, Be Connected” include: DePelchin Children’s Center, Hackett Center for Mental Health, Harris Health System, Legacy, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute, Menninger Clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital, University of Houston Department of Psychology and Social Work, and the Veteran’s Mental Health Care Line.
For more information about the Be Well, Be Connected Program, please see the flyers, pictured above.