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New Report Says the Texas Mental Health System is in Crisis

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 […]

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).

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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