Violence Prevention

Accessing Coordinated Care and Empowering Self Sufficiency (ACCESS) Harris County is an integrated care-coordination model that works to improve outcomes for vulnerable individuals through a Care Coordination Team. The team focuses on supporting clients holistically by addressing multiple needs to achieve well-being and self-sufficiency.

ACCESS Harris County works with community members experiencing hardships, including health challenges (physical and/or mental), financial and housing needs, substance abuse, and social inequity by providing intensive, wraparound support across Harris County’s safety net system.

The ACCESS Harris County Violence Prevention Cohort aims to improve the health, well-being, sustained recovery, and self-sufficiency of Harris County’s most vulnerable residents impacted by violence.

How the Program Works

Through community engagements by Harris County Public Heath’s (HCPH) Community Health and Violence Prevention Services (CHVPS) programs, participants are referred to the ACCESS Harris County Violence Prevention Cohort.



  • Community members who are currently engaged with the Holistic Assistance Response Team (HART), Community Violence Interruption Program (CVIP), and Hospital Violence Interruption Program (HVIP), located in Cypress Station, Sunnyside, South Park, Greater OTS and South Union areas 
  • Be at least 16 years and are experiencing social vulnerability 
  • Must consent to participate in the Interdepartmental Multi-Disciplinary Team (IMDT) for care
  • Be eligible for long-term case management to address the social determinants of health (SDOH)
  • Live within Harris County

Services Provided

ACCESS Harris County provides program participants with connections to community service providers addressing:

  • Transportation assistance
  • Healthcare enrollment services
  • Food assistance
  • Financial assistance
  • Technology resources
  • General health and wellness
  • Legal assistance
  • Refugee and immigration assistance
  • Housing and shelter
  • Senior resources
  • Maternal and child services
  • Job assistance, training, and continuing education
  • Life skills training
  • Mental health services
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Dietary services
  • And much more!

Partner Agencies

ACCESS Harris County is a division housed in Harris County Public Health (HCPH) and includes other community Safety Net Partners aimed at serving the county's most vulnerable community members. Other participating departments and community organizations include:

  • Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County
  • Harris Center for Mental Health & IDD
  • Harris County Department of Education
  • Harris County Juvenile Probation Department
  • Harris County Community Supervision and Corrections Department
  • Houston Housing Authority
  • Harris County Public Health’s Community Health and Violence Prevention Services Division
  • Harris County Resources for Children and Adults
  • Harris Health System
  • Harris County Sheriff’s Office
  • Harris County Department of Economic Equity and Opportunity
  • Harris County Public Library
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