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2020-2021 vitalvoices Speaker Series Season Is Back


By Sheryl E. Taylor

The Center for Public Service & Community Research is hosting its first vitalvoices speaker series of the fall semester, “Public Service at the CORE: Law Enforcement and Mental Health Providers Working Together in Crisis Response,” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The virtual event will discuss CORE, a joint project of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD. In December 2017, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office implemented a tele-psychiatry pilot program that partners law enforcement with mental health providers to offer assistance to people before they may become involved in the criminal justice system. Already successful, organizations around the country have asked for help to replicate the program in their local area.

In addition to discussing CORE’s inception, implementation, implications and future, featured panelists include:

  • Harris County Sheriff’s Office
  • The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD
  • Arnold Ventures (project funder)
  • UHD College of Public Service Faculty

If you are interested in learning about this innovative program, register this virtual event via zoom. Time will be allotted for a Q&A with the panelists.

The 2020-2021 vitalvoices season will address some of the issues we are facing as a nation. The purpose of the speaker series is to offer positive examples of how people are working to address the issues that underlie the discord we see and feel.

For more information, contact Steven Villano, Director of Center for Public Service & Community Service, at chatcpscr@uhd.edu.


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.