If the proposed funding cuts go through, people like Philip Grantham could suffer. For the second time in less than ten years, Texas legislators, faced with a massive budget shortage, are talking about major cuts in mental health funding. If it happens, Texas, which is 48th in the country for suc ... More >>
During the reporting of "Houston's Craziest," a Houston Press cover story from a few weeks back about a new Houston Police Department program that identified the 30 craziest people in Houston, we noticed a trend among the people on the list: Almost all of them used drugs. Not psychotropic drugs, but ... More >>
In a one-of-a-kind short list, HPD names the 30 most troubled mentally ill in the city.
Photo by Chris Curry Travis Bonser is one of Houston's 30 craziest people. Travis Bonser learned how to shoot heroin from his mother. It happened when he was 14, after his mom became too fat to tie her own arm or leave the house to pick up the dope from her dealer. It wasn't long before Bonser was ... More >>
Looking for quick help, some patients instead found themselves locked in a county mental health unit and not going anywhere.
This week's feature about Laura Howard also deals with crisis-intervention training in law enforcement.According to several sources from the story, the Harris County Sheriff's Office has been slow in accepting crisis intervention as a method of handling suspects and inmates at the jail. Apparently, ... More >>
Yesterday we wrote about Kristen Dewald killing her husband – a University of Houston professor – after hearing voices. Dewald's next hearing is scheduled for December 3, and it seems likely the judge will issue a not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity verdict. A psychiatrist with the Mental Healt ... More >>
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.
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.
Despite suicides and inner strife, Asian-Americans resist psychotherapy
When it comes to housing the mentally disabled, is better-than-nothing good enough?