It's a late morning in August as Verenice Lopez leans against the passenger seat window of her boyfriend's pickup truck, watching the leafy residential streets of Houston's Fifth Ward speed by. They're on their way to Riverside General Hospital's drug treatment center on Lyons Avenue, which had been ... More >>
Cue the Deliverance banjo music.According to a criminal complaint on file at Harris County District court, the goings-on at Mario Aguilar's house on Sarah's Lane were as horrific as the postindustrial east Houston/Northshore neighborhood in which it stands is godforsaken. The victim is a 20- ... More >>
Jason Woytek was a true Pawn StarIf you believe what Jason Woytek has written about himself on the Internet, you'd think he was a man of many and varied achievements: a man of God, a top salesman, budding author, an Eagle Scout and an elite former soldier. Woytek claims to have been an Army s ... More >>
Philip Grantham counts on his meds and his MHMRA doctor to stay straight. Too bad Texas is slashing funding.
Courtesy of Montgomery County Sheriff's OfficeA former psychologist with the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County, who evaluated defendants in close to 1,000 criminal cases during his time with the agency, recently pled guilty to Medicaid fraud. Matthew Leddy, the ... More >>
Photo Courtesy of Montgomery County Sheriff's OfficeLast month we reported on the arrest of Matthew Leddy, a psychologist working for the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County. His arrest, for alleged Medicaid fraud and theft, caught our attention because he evaluated de ... More >>
The life after death of José and Magdalena Ramirez
Photo courtesy Montgomery County Sheriff's OfficeMatthew Leddy, a local psychologist, was arrested late last month for theft and Medicaid fraud, accused of billing for work that he didn't perform, according to articles in the Houston Chronicle and the Conroe Courier. The articles don't mention, howe ... More >>
Not everyone buys into crisis intervention for the mentally ill
Laura Howard got tossed into a jail treatment program, but it was the wrong one for someone whose mental health was in tatters
Two men went into a walled-in courtyard at a mental hospital. One came out alive.
Exploring the rights and wrongs of independent life for the mentally ill
A group of unsupervised mental patients running from Katrina made it from New Orleans to Houston. Victor Fruge led the way.
Parents plead with the state not to shut down the state schools for the mentally retarded. But it looks like a done deal.
Locked in a labyrinth of codependency, Lolly and Roger spend their days warily together
Too scared to leave her house, Sandy has one last chance: a county crisis team that will come to her
A naked woman's traffic death rekindles concerns about Shed
Kristen Turner was supposed to have a better, safer life while in CPS custody, so how did the 14-year-old end up in the hospital?
Jurist Rory Olsen can put you in a mental institution and cost you hefty court fees. Critics wonder whether he can handle the job. Big deal -- he's a bottom-of-the-ballot Republican.
Houston is scrambling for psychiatric and emergency medical services. But hoping for better state funding is just another psychotic episode.
Area housing for the mentally ill remains deplorable, but a state subsidy might improve conditions
Programs surround a kid and his family with services, hoping for success
For many mentally ill teenagers in Texas, the only way to get treatment is to get arrested.
He was hurt by his mother, ripped away from the foster parents who loved him and put in an institution where he was abused. That's when Alice and Ellery Riha really decided to fight.
Houston Area Mental Health Advocates
Harris County jailers are in no hurry to hand out meds to inmates with AIDS. Inmates claim this and other lockup practices endanger their lives.
MHMRA restricts Medicaid services at mental health clinic pharmacies
HISD and a paid trustee get entangled in the spreading empire of a private firm touting safe alternative schools for troubled kids. So why are some students and parents so scared?
By keeping a constant eye on its mentally ill clients, an ACT team heads off all sorts of troubles
When the sickest of Harris County's mentally ill break down, an ACT team is there to pick up the pieces and put them back together again
Can the system keep up with the evolution of mental health?
Texas Lottery. Let's buy our tickets and bet on the day that Robert Arthur Pearson finally kills himself in public while we all watch
Texas's mentally impaired used to go to treatment centers. Now they go to prison.
Need emergency psychiatric care in Harris County? Have a seat. Or call a cab.