HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Council on Recovery has received a grant from the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to provide services at no cost to qualified hurricane victims who are City of Houston or Harris County residents. The Council will use the funds to provide free help for people still struggling with storm-related trauma, mental health issues, or substance use disorders nearly eight months after the hurricane hit.
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. The Council’s grant is earmarked for providing behavioral health and substance abuse programs to those affected by the storm.
“Since the hurricane, we’ve continuously provided help to both flood victims and those whose lives were disrupted by the storm,” says Mel Taylor, President & CEO of The Council. “The trauma people suffered precipitated or compounded many addiction and mental health issues that we still deal with,” Taylor says. “For some, the financial distress caused by Harvey made treatment unaffordable at any cost. This funding allows us to serve those people and remain the starting point for anyone who still needs help.”
The Council on Recovery will provide direct services across its broad spectrum of behavioral health and substance abuse programs. Services including assessment, evaluation, intensive education, clinical treatment, case management, and recovery support will be expanded beyond current capacity. Houston and Harris County residents affected by Hurricane Harvey who qualify will receive these services free of charge.
“Our slogan is ‘You Know Someone Who Needs Us’,” Taylor says, “and Hurricane Harvey amplified that message across the Houston area. Thanks to the generous grant, we will continue to meet the vital needs of our community with commitment and compassion.”
For information, call The Council at (713) 942-4100 or visit www.councilonrecovery.org.
About The Council on Recovery: Founded in 1946, The Council is Houston’s oldest and largest non-profit organization providing prevention, education, intervention, treatment, and recovery services for individuals and families who are affected by alcoholism, drug abuse, other addictions, and co-occurring mental health disorders.