Advocacy Inc.

  • News

    September 16, 2010

    Mental Cases

    Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.

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    June 11, 2009

    The Recruit

    Places all over Houston want Trevor Falk and pitch the wonders of community life. He is 24 and has Down syndrome, which makes him a hot commodity for private group homes.

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    Checking In on the Disabled After Hurricane Ike

    The managing attorney for Advocacy Inc., a group that represents the rights of the disabled, went over to the Villas on Winkler this afternoon to check on the disabled residents there. Attorney Sarah Guidry was escorted out by security guards as soon as she mentioned she’d like to talk to any of ... More >>

  • News

    August 21, 2008

    Gone to Hell: Mental Illness and Harris County Jail

    Even though Alexander Hatcher is bipolar and schizophrenic, he wasn't given his meds for his first three months in jail. He got in fights with the guards. Now he's sentenced to prison for a long, long time.

  • News

    June 26, 2008

    What Happens When Chronically Ill Kids Grow Up

    Physically disabled young adults who weren't supposed to live this long find themselves hemmed in by an unprepared heath care system

  • News

    October 25, 2007

    Death at West Oaks Hospital

    Two men went into a walled-in courtyard at a mental hospital. One came out alive.

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2007

    Cover Story: Mental Patient Beaten to Death in West Oaks Hospital

    Mario Vidaurre never attracted much good attention in his 41 years of life – at least not after his teenage years when he was a featherweight boxing champ in Louisiana. He had a family who loved him, but that wasn’t able to keep up with his increasing insanities due to his “schizophrenia wit ... More >>

  • News

    May 11, 2006

    Diary of a Mad Man

    Exploring the rights and wrongs of independent life for the mentally ill

  • News

    November 18, 2004

    Beggars Can't Be Choosers

    Parents plead with the state not to shut down the state schools for the mentally retarded. But it looks like a done deal.

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    November 9, 2000

    Catch Us If You Can

    Steve Chesser went to MHMRA for help. Sent home from its emergency clinic without medicine or therapy, he shot his and killed himself. Diagnosis: A mental health care system in free fall.

  • News

    May 20, 1999

    School Outings

    Forcing all the retarded from institutions may not be in anyone's best interests

  • News

    May 12, 1994

    The Crip Patrol Rolls

    Disabled activists take businesses to task over accessibility