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Mental Health Diversion Pilot to Begin by August
24 / 7 care instead of jail time
"...Travis County’s mental health diversion pilot – aimed at providing psychiatric care instead..."

June 14, 2024 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Austin State Hospital Reopens This Summer
Texas overhauls psychiatric system aiming to free up jails
"...Hospital, a renovation project six years in the making and integral to Travis County’s efforts to divert people with..."

May 31, 2024 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Having a Plan for When Shit Hits the Fan: A Journey in Prepping
What disaster preparedness experts have to say about best-laid plans for worst-case scenarios
"...natural disaster? Catastrophic power grid failure? A deadly, uncontrollable pandemic? A solar flare that zaps communication systems on a..."

April 26, 2024 Arts Feature by Kevin Curtin

In the Worst Moments of Austinites’ Lives, APD Victim Services Shows Up
Inside one of APD’s most-celebrated divisions
"...put out the call for assistance from a victim services counselor. As a crisis counselor with the Austin Police..."

April 19, 2024 News Feature by Austin Sanders

Texas Has Kicked 1.3M Kids Off Medicaid, Most Often for Incomplete Applications
The state has the rest of April to process another 195,000 pending cases
"...Ninety-five thousand newborns, twice as many toddlers and preschoolers, and more..."

April 12, 2024 News Feature by Maggie Q. Thompson

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...Canadian-American, “unintentional.” But reports from CNN, The Washington Post, and more Tuesday pointed to evidence that Israel struck the..."

April 5, 2024 News Feature

SXSW Panels Explore What’s Next for Sustainable Food
How to transition from “eco-depressed” to “making regenerative living sexy”
"...Several SXSW sessions are exploring climate-friendly food and regenerative agriculture by asking questions like: Could tech play..."

March 8, 2024 Food Feature by Jessi Cape

After a Million Texas Kids Were Kicked Off Medicaid, Thousands More Are Still in Limbo
Application backlog grew from December to January
"...million Texas kids in low-income families have lost their health insurance since last spring, according to state-reported data. Three..."

Feb. 16, 2024 News Feature by Maggie Q. Thompson

Plethora of Riches: How Richard Samuel Turned an Art Gallery Into a Community Center
RichesArt launches annual Black History Month exhibit with new philanthropic initiative
"...– witnessing artistic creations up close – with a healthy dose of restrictions. Keep quiet, and keep your hands..."

Feb. 9, 2024 Arts Feature by Carys Anderson

The Debate Over How and Whether to Jail Kids in Austin Is Just Getting Started
Travis County proposes a new facility to hold kids accused of crimes
"...Rundberg Lane in North Austin. Both groups drew guns and shot. A 32-year-old man lost his life. Wallace was..."

Jan. 26, 2024 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Recommended Austin Events
Highlights for your week in music, arts, community, and more
"...into a major cultural arts org. Explore photographs, posters, and other records at the exhibit on view through July..."

Jan. 26, 2024 Column

Feds Approve Texas’ Plan to Expand Medicaid to Postpartum Moms
Texas is one of the last states to offer new moms coverage
"...since the Texas legislature passed a law aiming to expand Medicaid access to moms 12 months postpartum and now,..."

Jan. 17, 2024 News Post by Maggie Q. Thompson

Is Medicaid for Postpartum Moms Still Happening? Most Likely.
Federal agency has a track record of long delays answering Texas’ requests
"...the highest numbers of pregnancy-related deaths in the nation and extremely restricted access to legal abortions, free health care..."

Jan. 12, 2024 News Feature by Maggie Q. Thompson

Texas Can Ban Urgent Abortions in Emergency Rooms, Appeals Court Rules
Federal ER mandate doesn't apply to abortions, court rules
"...administration told hospitals that they "must" provide emergency abortion services if the life of the mother is at risk,..."

Jan. 3, 2024 News Post by Maggie Q. Thompson

With Mental Health Diversion Center Forthcoming, Sheriff Still Wants More Humane Jail Facilities
Can healing happen in jail?
"...Sheriff Sally Hernandez has not given up on her dream of new..."

Dec. 29, 2023 News Feature by Maggie Q. Thompson

Oops!
"...In “State Health Care Agency Urging 55-Hour Christmas-Themed Work Weeks” (News, Dec...."

Dec. 15, 2023 Column

State Health Care Agency Urging 55-Hour Christmas-Themed Work Weeks
The request is an effort to address Medicaid and SNAP backlogs
"...12:07pm: This story has been updated to correct errors and to include information provided by HHSC after publication. All..."

Dec. 8, 2023 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Hundreds of Thousands Denied Medicaid and Food Assistance in Texas
It's a department of dysfunction, and it isn’t getting better
"...hungry this Christmas because of dysfunction at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, whistleblowers at the state agency..."

Dec. 1, 2023 News Feature by Brant Bingamon

Gobble Gobble Yada Yada
In this week’s issue: Evil MoPac speaks, holiday shopping begins
"...scarf action, end-of-year movie binges, quality time with friends and fam. But it's also, let's be honest, about fighting..."

Nov. 24, 2023 Column by Kimberley Jones

Going to Bat for Bats
"...problems we create for ourselves. With each ice storm and heat wave we Texans experience, however, it’s becoming clear..."

Nov. 21, 2023 Postmarks

Black Pumas’ Eric Burton Bets on Himself
After an abrupt break, Chronicles of a Diamond completely reinvents the band dynamic
"...in New Mexico to help support his mom through health issues. It was then, in 2014, that he wrote..."

Nov. 17, 2023 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

New “One-Stop Shop” for Trauma Recovery Is the First in Texas
It opens Nov. 1
"...of violent crime can receive clinical case management, psychotherapy, and legal advocacy. Earlier this year, Travis County matched that,..."

Oct. 27, 2023 News Feature by Lina Fisher

Samsung-Adjacent Affordable Housing Complex Is Probably Not Cheap Enough for Factory Workers
What does “affordable” really mean?
"...“affordable” units aren’t as cheap as you might expect, and most will likely be out of reach for Samsung..."

Oct. 16, 2023 News Post by Mae Lackey

Democrats Continue Urging Federal Investigation Into Medicaid Coverage Losses
More whistleblowers flag broken screening process
"...off of Medicaid, a procedural error by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission cut at least 100,000 eligible..."

Sept. 21, 2023 News Post by Lina Fisher

The Austin Chronic – Which Is Better: Marijuana or Fentanyl?
According to the government, cannabis is scarier than the drug killing over 150 people a day
"...Two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended the DEA reschedule cannabis in..."

Sept. 15, 2023 Column by Kevin Curtin

With 500,000 People Kicked Off Medicaid, Local Legislators Demand Investigation
Rep. Doggett points to worsening maternal mortality crisis
"...kicked off of Medicaid in the last four months, and most of them were improperly rejected, according to whistleblowers..."

Sept. 8, 2023 News Post by Brant Bingamon

Abbott Signed Medicaid for New Moms Into Law, but It Might Not Happen Anyway
Gears of bureaucracy turn slowly (and sometimes not at all)
"...session after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Democrats and Republicans alike said it was time to show support..."

Sept. 1, 2023 News Feature by Maggie Q. Thompson

Headlines / Quote of the Week
"...Warning As many as 600,000 Texans have had their health coverage erroneously terminated in the past four months while..."

Sept. 1, 2023 News Feature

First Xylazine-linked Overdose Deaths Reported in Travis County
Overdose reversal drugs don't work on this tranquilizer
"...for treating high blood pressure, but never approved for human use, Travis County Chief Medical Examiner J. Keith Pinckard..."

Aug. 30, 2023 News Post by Lina Fisher

You Have a Right to Counsel. So Why Doesn’t Travis County Allow Attorneys at Bail Hearings?
Get out of jail free $10K
"...Office staff – often working on a skeleton crew and sometimes working double shifts – will search you, take..."

Aug. 4, 2023 News Feature by Maggie Q. Thompson

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