The Mental Health Needs Council consist of the executive leadership of the major mental health service, professional, and advocacy organizations in Harris County.
The Council's Primary purposes are:
To investigate mental heath problems and make recommendations for their solution.
To promote ongoing communication between the primary mental health leaders in Harris County.
To regularly make recommendations to country and state elected officials concerning the needs of Harris County children, adolescents, and adults with mental illness.
What We Do
The Council was established in 1977. Since that time, it has published
biennial reports on the number of children, adolescents, and adults in
Harris County with mental illness, their unmet services needs, and recommendations
for meeting those needs. The Council has played a major role in the creation
of psychiatric services in the Harris County Jail, the Harris County Psychiatric
Center, and the Neuropsychiatry Center. In 1997, the Council produced
the award winning documentary "In Their Shoes." Officials in Austin, Texas,
and Washington, D.C., have endorsed the methodology the Council uses for
its mental health needs assessments.
The Mental Health Needs Council
is committed to the ongoing expansion and improvement of the Harris
County mental health service system.