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Wayne Young, FACHE


The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD

Wayne Young is CEO of The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD, the state-designated Local Mental Health Authority and Local Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority for Harris County, Texas. As the CEO of one of the largest behavioral health organizations in the nation, Mr. Young is passionate about the planning and delivery of large-scale behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities services to a population that relies on safety-net systems of care.

Mr. Young recently served as chair of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Behavioral Health Advisory Committee. He also has served in governance and leadership roles in various professional organizations such as the American Hospital Association and the Texas Hospital Association. In 2019, Mr. Young was honored to have been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of “Top 25 Innovators” and to have received the 2019 Charley H. Shannon Advocate for Justice Award from NAMI Texas. He is board certified in healthcare management as an ACHE Fellow.


Leadership Insights: Addressing Mental Health Needs in a Digital Age

Presented by Kadesha Thomas Smith, Megan Jones Bell, PsyD, Wayne Young, FACHE at 2:30 PM on Tuesday, March 23rd.

The importance of support, connection and quality mental health care is critical now more than ever. Individuals across the country are struggling with increasing isolation, and healthcare providers are at a significant risk for burnout, high levels of stress and trauma from the effects of the pandemic. Despite increased physical barriers to mental health treatment…