Jennifer Battle, President

Jennifer Battle
Program Director
9401 SW Freeway, Houston, TX 77074

Jennifer is a Program Director in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD in Houston, Texas.  Jennifer oversees The Harris Center Crisis Line which serves as the crisis line for 34 Texas counties. The Harris Center Crisis Line partners with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as well as the national Crisis Text Line.  Jennifer is a Mental Health First Aid, ASK about Suicide to Save a Life, and SafeTalk Trainer and supervises the Community Training Department for The Harris Center.   In collaboration with the Houston Police Department, Houston Fire Department, and Houston Emergency Communications Center, Jennifer supervises the Crisis Call Diversion Program.  This team routes people calling in through emergency services who have stated they have a mental health concern away from a law enforcement or EMS response and to a more appropriate level of care through local behavioral health options.

In addition to her work at The Harris Center, Jennifer serves as the President of the Board for the National Association of Crisis Organization Directors (NASCOD) and is the past Co-Chair and current member of the Texas Suicide Prevention Council.   She serves on the Steering Committee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  Jennifer is currently part of the Zero Suicide Texas (ZEST) Learning Collaborative and serves at the Suicide Prevention Officer for The Harris Center.

Jennifer is a proud Social Worker and teaches as adjunct faculty at her alma mater the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.  She also enjoys teaching Bachelor level social work classes at the University of Houston – Clear Lake and University of Houston – Downtown.  Jennifer is best reached via email at or on Twitter @Battle4Justice.