In Texas, we already knew there was plenty of work to be done to alleviate the tired and overburdened public mental health care system. In Dallas, we know that we have the same stretched resources that are reported statewide, but in addition we have also not received the majority of recent state fun ... More >>
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 >>
State District Judge Jeanine Howard quickly backtracked on her sentencing of a convicted rapist to volunteer at a rape crisis center after we called her office last week to ask what would happen if no rape crisis center wanted to accept him. "She's going go back and modify those conditions and give ... More >>
Sir Young may have hated to say that he was a rapist, but he couldn't deny it, either. "That's rape," he said in a recorded interview with a Dallas police detective, describing his encounter with a 14-year-old girl. Young was 18 at the time. They were both students at Booker T. Washington High Schoo ... More >>
At the end of September, researchers at Sam Houston State University's Crime Victims' Institute compiled a study of sexual assault resources offered by 74 Texas colleges and universities for the state legislature. The results were underwhelming. On the bright side, most of the schools had on-campus ... More >>
Music can be incredibly therapeutic. Whether it's keeping us from road rage during rush hour traffic, helping us fall asleep, or uniting us with others as we sing along at a concert, music has a certain unique healing power. Locally, the Windsor Senior Living facility in Dallas uses music to help ... More >>
It's been a decade since the city of Dallas announced the development of a 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness, a quest that, as a short stroll downtown will tell you, has fallen short of its goal. There are still plenty of people without homes. That's not to say the program, which has focused ... More >>
In July of 2006, Dr. Barry Fenton began treating a woman for depression and anxiety at the office of the Uptown practice of Live Oak Counseling Center. It was 16 months later that the relationship moved outside of his office, not to mention the bounds of the typical relationship between mental healt ... More >>
Perry and Tea Party make a blue Christmas for needy kids.
I'm having particular trouble this year with Toys for Tots. Put it on me for being a grinch. But, look. I see this big smarmy hoopla on the TV news every night with the weatherman and a bunch of shiny-eyed volunteers in North Face parkas handing out useless plastic Big Box crap for the poor ... More >>
Cronenberg analyzes 20th century madness.
DBDT stages some therapy
Thursday, March 1, at the Double Wide
This week: Ted Haggard, Sherman Allen and the ever-popular concept of holiness This morning I'm launching an occasional Bible Girl feature called Three Points and a Lame Joke, which will allow me to tackle multiple subjects in the same column. The name honors the evangelical formula for preaching -- ... More >>
Marshall Colt, the guy who fumbled away the Big Game in North Dallas Forty, is now a sports-psychology consultant. Uh...Tony? This week's issue of Sports Illustrated, which is out today, doesn't merely point out the obvious (and the already pointed-out): that Tony Romo's bobble of the field-goal sna ... More >>
C'mon. You just knew if there was a book called Can Homosexuality Be Healed? that sooner or later Bible Girl would get around to it. The response to last week's Bible Girl has left me feeling warm and fuzzy all over, so I thought I'd excerpt from my interview with Francis MacNutt, a Charismatic Cat ... More >>
This small electrical device may be the last hope for the chronically depressed
Sam Krasniqi was acquitted of sexual abuse. So why won't the state let two children have their parents - or their religion?