MHMRA of Harris County - Annual Report FY 2012 2012 - Page 4

Investing in Healthy Minds and a Healthy Community MHMRA at a Glance MHMRA of Harris County serves the residents of Harris County who are financially disadvantaged and living with a serious mental disability. We care for people through three service divisions: Mental Health Services Major mental illness is a chronic condition - it can affect people for long periods of time and in multiple aspects of their lives. It is important to provide continuous appropriate care for individuals living with mental illness to ensure that their symptoms are manageable, that their risk of experiencing a psychiatric crisis is lower than it would be without services, and that they can lead productive, dignified lives. Our Mental Health Services Division provides an array of outpatient clinical services in the community, including medication, nursing, talk therapy, and case management, as well as specialized services for individuals who are involved in the justice system. Our data shows that individuals who receive our outpatient mental health services for more than three months reduce their admission rates to emergency services such as MHMRA’s Psychiatric Emergency Services (49% reduction), the Harris County Psychiatric Hospital (50% reduction) and the Harris County Jail (36% reduction). In FY 2012, we evaluated 12,700 individuals for eligibility to receive our services. We treated 21,900 adults who had a primary diagnosis of major depression, schizophrenia, or bipolar disorder, over half of whom had no form of health insurance coverage. We also served around 9,300 children between the ages of 3 and 17 who were diagnosed with a mental illness disorder. 4| 2012 Annual Report| MHMRA of Harris County Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Programs A psychiatric crisis is a traumatic event and can include thoughts or actions pertaining to harming oneself or others, acute psychotic symptoms, increased substance abuse, and sudden changes in mental status. Crises demand rapid attention and intervention to ensure that the individual experiencing the crisis is as protected and safe as possible. Many services provided through our CPEP Division are available to all adults living in Harris County, regardless of their financial standing or diagnosis. Some services are also available to children. The CPEP Division served 12,747 individuals in FY 2012, often times serving one individual through several programs. Our services include a 24/7 phone counseling hotline, an emergency room specifically for individuals experiencing psychiatric crises, community mobile crisis services and short-term residential programs for those who need time to recover from their crisis. In many instances, psychiatric crises can cause individuals to act in ways that lead to incarceration. We have developed strong partnerships with local law-enforcement to divert people committing low-level offenses away from jail and into appropriate mental health care services where they can receive treatment for the root causes of their behavior. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services Intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) involve delays or impairments in physical, learning, language, or behavior. These conditions may impact day-to-day functioning, and usually last throughout a person’s lifetime. Examples of these conditions include Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Down’s Syndrome, and others. Intellectual and developmental disabilities affect over 200,000 individuals of all ages in Harris County. Through funding received from state and local sources, our IDD Services Division was able to serve 17,185 people in FY 2012. The Division provides a wide range of services and supports to assist people affected by IDD, all of which are focused on helping people rise to their full potential and be as integrated in the community as they can be. Services include Early Childhood Intervention, employment assistance, supervised residential living, autism services, and clinical services for individuals diagnosed with IDD and mental illness or a behavioral challenge.