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Houston Matters for Friday, May 31, 2013

Houstonians new and old need to prepare for hurricane season, which starts Saturday and continues through November. On Houston Matters, we discuss what you should know – and how you should prepare – in advance of the season, with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, and FEMA’s Patty Mancha. Listeners also ask questions about hurricanes and other weather phenomena for […]

Houstonians new and old need to prepare for hurricane season, which starts Saturday and continues through November. On Houston Matters, we discuss what you should know – and how you should prepare – in advance of the season, with Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, and FEMA’s Patty Mancha. Listeners also ask questions about hurricanes and other weather phenomena for area meteorologists David Paul and Frank Billingsley. Also callers compete to win prizes in Houston Matters’ first annual hurricane preparedness quiz!

Also, while a special session of the Texas Legislature continues, the regular session concluded earlier this week, after lawmakers restored funding for a number of programs – including millions for mental health and substance abuse services – money that was slashed a decade ago. We find out what this funding will support and consider what it means for how we value mental health in Texas. The Medical Director of the Mental Health Division at MHMRA of Harris County and the Policy Director for Mental Health America of Greater Houston discuss what the increased funding means. We’ll also talk with a young woman undergoing mental health treatment programs in Harris County.

Audio of this program will be available later this afternoon.

 

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