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New Clinics and Services Offer Help for Mental Health Crisis — But Is It Enough?

Posted on · Recently, Memorial Hermann opened its third Mental Health Crisis Clinic in Meyerland. It’s a location that opens from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m. so people in need in the middle of the night can access help. Oftentimes these people can find themselves incarcerated at the Harris County Jail when it’s really mental health services they need. Memorial […]

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Court Helps Veterans Who’ve Committed Felonies

Posted on · On this Veterans Day, we learn about the Harris County Veterans Treatment Court, which has helped rehabilitate more than 170 military veterans who committed felonies in the last six years. We talk with Mary Covington, program director for the Harris County Veterans Treatment Court, and Bill Kelly, director of government affairs and public policy at Mental Health America of […]

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Houston Event Spotlights Suicide Prevention Research, Programs in Texas

Posted on · More than 800 people from across Texas are gathering in Houston today (Aug. 18, 2015) to discuss suicide prevention. The 11th Annual Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium is co-presented by the Texas Suicide Prevention Council and Mental Health America of Texas. The event features suicide prevention research and programs, along with discussions of what are called “postvention” – actions taken […]

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With Psychiatric Hospital Closure, Is there a Gap in Houston Mental Health Services?

Posted on · Last week, Cambridge Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric facility in Houston, closed down. While the hospital had space for 148 patients, Harris County Psychiatric Center COO Steve Glazier tells the Houston Chronicle he believes it was probably only serving 30 to 40. The Texas Department of State Health Services says the hospital surrendered its state license […]

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New Report Says the Texas Mental Health System is in Crisis

Posted on · 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 […]