Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Philip Grantham: One Of Many Who'll Be Affected By Further Cuts In Texas' Mental-Health Budget

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    The Life Of One Of "Houston's Craziest," Caught On Video

    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 >>

  • News

    December 31, 2009

    Houston's Craziest

    In a one-of-a-kind short list, HPD names the 30 most troubled mentally ill in the city.

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2009

    The 30 Craziest People In Houston: An Official HPD List

    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 >>

  • News

    December 24, 2009

    Holiday Madness

    Looking for quick help, some patients instead found themselves locked in a county mental health unit and not going anywhere.

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2008

    Sheriff's Deputies Who Worked As Sensitivity Trainers Punished For Being Insensitive

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    UH Prof Killer Likely To Escape Prison Due To Insanity

    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 >>

  • 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

    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

    September 14, 2000

    Tackling the Taboo

    Despite suicides and inner strife, Asian-Americans resist psychotherapy

  • News

    July 6, 2000

    Board and Care(less)

    When it comes to housing the mentally disabled, is better-than-nothing good enough?