National Day of Action

Renewing Federal Funding for Community Health Centers Before any of us had heard of COVID-19, Health Centers were advocating for the long-term renewal of their federal grant funding, also known as the Community Health Center Fund. At the end of 2019, Congressional approval was delayed, and we were granted a short-term extension to give lawmakers… Read More

Community Blood Drive

MD Anderson Blood Drive Scheduled for June MEHOP will host a community blood drive for MD Anderson on June 11th from 1pm-6pm at their Women and Children’s Center located at 111 Ave. F in Bay City.  “Blood donations are an essential need in our community, said Sheryl Dickerson, MD Anderson Community Representative. The MD Anderson… Read More

#GivingTuesdayNow

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our friends and neighbors are struggling due to the effects on businesses during this time. Many have lost income and need assistance with prescription costs, food, medical care and supplies. Donations received will be used to help MEHOP patients… Read More

Clinic Updates

As things begin to open back up around our state and guidelines begin to change, it is important to stay informed. MEHOP is continuously keeping up with these changes and continues to enable healthcare services that ensures access to care and also meets the needs of our patients and the community during this challenging time.… Read More

Mental Health Support Line

Texas Health and Human Services Commission

Phil Wilson, HHS Executive Commissioner

HHS Launches Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line

AUSTIN – Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.

“Through this new effort, we are connecting Texans with mental health professionals who can help provide support to those who are feeling overwhelmed and stressed,” said Sonja Gaines, Deputy Executive Commissioner for Intellectual and Developmental Disability and Behavioral Health Services. “It can be helpful to talk to someone when you are facing anxiety, depression and stress, which are not uncommon to experience in the face of a rapidly changing situation like a pandemic.”

Operated by the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the support line offers trauma-informed support and psychological first aid to those experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge to people who call the hotline.

“It is important to recognize how our mental health can be affected by the pandemic,” said Sen. Jane Nelson. “The mental health support line for COVID-19 will go a long way to ensure Texans who are struggling with anxiety, depression or other mental health issues can access the care they need.”

For general health-related information and precautions on COVID-19, people can visit the DSHS webpage and the CDC webpage. To stay up-to-date on the latest news impacting HHS services and regulated providers, people can visit the HHS COVID-19 webpage.

For more information on mental health resources, find your local mental health authority here.