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Texas Mental Health Hospitals, Personal Finance, and Astros on the Rise: Houston Matters for Monday, June 9, 2014

Last month, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which is tasked with identifying and eliminating inefficiencies in state government, released a critical report on the Texas Department of State Health Services. The report characterizes the state’s mental health hospital system as being “in crisis,” adding that “individuals waiting to enter the state mental health hospital system are at risk of not […]

Last month, the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which is tasked with identifying and eliminating inefficiencies in state government, released a critical report on the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The report characterizes the state’s mental health hospital system as being “in crisis,” adding that “individuals waiting to enter the state mental health hospital system are at risk of not being treated in a timely manner or in ways that best address their needs.”

Back in March we discussed how Houstonians deal with the challenges of mental illness. Today, we turn our attention to how state and local government addresses those challenges. We talk with Bill Kelly from Mental Health America of Greater Houston, and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. (The Texas Department of State Health Services declined our request to appear on this program).

Also on this edition of Houston Matters: We welcome your personal finance questions for Benjamin Hatfield, a financial planner and registered investment advisor with TBH Financial Group.

And: the Houston Astros continue their winning ways, taking two of three from the Angels and Twins. Now, they face a home-and-home interleague challenge from the Arizona Diamondbacks. We discuss the quirks of this year’s major league baseball schedule, which has interleague play interspersed all season long. We also consider whether the Astros have an opportunity this week against the D-Backs and Rays to climb significantly closer to .500 and respectability. We discuss other sports goings-on as well, with CultureMap Houston sports columnist MK Bower.

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