Alex Smith is the Executive Director of the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority, the agency that oversees the North Texas public mental-healthcare system. He's made his living deciphering the ins and outs of the very messy system here, and is well versed in what it takes to properly care for ind ... More >>
Related: It Really Sucks to Be Old in Texas Texas' notoriously porous mental-health system is in the news even more than usual this week. At Parkland, the psychiatric ER is yet again facing allegations of patient abuse. Last weekend, Dallas Police shot and killed Jason Harrison, a 38-year-old sever ... More >>
After years of struggle, Dallas may be on its way to regulating the city's boarding home facilities. Finally. City Council members are set to vote Wednesday on a new ordinance that would require licenses and annual inspections for boarding homes, as well rules aimed at keeping the homes "safe, sanit ... More >>
Texas lawmakers gave cities the power to regulate homes for the mentally ill -- but so far, Dallas hasn't used it.
In this week's cover story, we wrote about Dallas' boarding houses, which are home to thousands of the city's mentally ill, elderly, and disabled, as well as people recovering from alcohol and drug abuse. The homes aren't regulated by any state agency, and despite a law passed some three years ago t ... More >>
If you happen to own or rent a house and you enjoy exploiting the elderly and the mentally ill, the city of Dallas has a legal loophole made just for you. A representative from Mental Health America of Greater Dallas warned the city's Senior Affairs Commission yesterday that despite years of public ... More >>
For a growing number of Texas kids with mental illnesses, the only place to get help is behind bars.