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Health and Mental Retardation Authority

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    With Riverside Hospital Shut Down, Patients Scramble for a Place in Houston's Recovery Care System

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Mario Dean Aguilar: Alleged Rapist of Disabled Man Also Commanded Dog to Attack

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Jason Woytek: Public Servant Accused Of Stealing Dozens Of MHMRA Laptops

    Jason Woytek was a true Pawn Star​If 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 >>

  • 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.

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    Former MHMRA Psychologist Leddy Convicted of Fraud

    Courtesy of Montgomery County Sheriff's Office​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2009

    There's A Whole Ton Of Cases That Might Be Affected By The Allegedly Fraudulent Expert

    Photo Courtesy of Montgomery County Sheriff's Office​Last 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 >>

  • News

    July 30, 2009

    Love in the Time of Leprosy

    The life after death of José and Magdalena Ramirez

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Psychologist's Fraud Arrest May Affect Trials He Testified In

    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 >>

  • News

    December 11, 2008

    Is Harris County Jail the Place for A Mentally Troubled Teen?: Mind-sets

    Not everyone buys into crisis intervention for the mentally ill

  • News

    December 11, 2008

    Is Harris County Jail the Place for A Mentally Troubled Teen?

    Laura Howard got tossed into a jail treatment program, but it was the wrong one for someone whose mental health was in tatters

  • 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.

  • News

    May 11, 2006

    Diary of a Mad Man

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

  • News

    November 3, 2005

    Against All Odds

    A group of unsupervised mental patients running from Katrina made it from New Orleans to Houston. Victor Fruge led the way.

  • 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.

  • News

    June 10, 2004

    Love Hurts

    Locked in a labyrinth of codependency, Lolly and Roger spend their days warily together

  • News

    February 26, 2004

    Getting Out

    Too scared to leave her house, Sandy has one last chance: a county crisis team that will come to her

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    Caring for Clairice

    A naked woman's traffic death rekindles concerns about Shed

  • News

    October 16, 2003

    Attention Deficit

    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?

  • News

    October 31, 2002

    Judging Rory

    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.

  • News

    July 25, 2002

    Reality Check

    Houston is scrambling for psychiatric and emergency medical services. But hoping for better state funding is just another psychotic episode.

  • News

    June 20, 2002

    Common Cents

    Area housing for the mentally ill remains deplorable, but a state subsidy might improve conditions

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Protective Wrapping

    Programs surround a kid and his family with services, hoping for success

  • News

    November 8, 2001

    Sick Kids

    For many mentally ill teenagers in Texas, the only way to get treatment is to get arrested.

  • News

    October 18, 2001

    Saving Nicholas

    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.

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Consumer Advocates

    Houston Area Mental Health Advocates

  • News

    September 13, 2001

    Drug Resistant

    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.

  • News

    August 2, 2001

    Rx for Failure?

    MHMRA restricts Medicaid services at mental health clinic pharmacies

  • News

    May 31, 2001

    Learning How to Survive (at) CEP

    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?

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    Super Vision

    By keeping a constant eye on its mentally ill clients, an ACT team heads off all sorts of troubles

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    Hands On

    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

  • News

    November 9, 2000

    Future Shock

    Can the system keep up with the evolution of mental health?

  • News

    November 25, 1999

    Downing

    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

  • News

    July 8, 1999

    Trouble in Mind

    Texas's mentally impaired used to go to treatment centers. Now they go to prison.

  • News

    October 6, 1994

    Psychotic Reaction

    Need emergency psychiatric care in Harris County? Have a seat. Or call a cab.

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