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Mental Health Care Meltdown
The mental health care system for Austin and Travis County is increasingly overwhelmed, with no relief in sight.
"...Austin Police Department mental health officers Art Fortune, Joel Pridgeon, and Sgt. Jeff..."

Dec. 20, 2002 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Mental Health by the Numbers:
A statistical summary of mental health care in Texas.
"...Texans with mental illness: 3.1 million..."

Dec. 20, 2002 News Feature

Mental Health Care Meltdown: Is There Room for Hope?
Austin police and mental health advocates make recommendations for patching Travis County's tattered safety net.
"...Will Travis County's mental health care system take flight or remain mired in..."

April 4, 2003 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Jose Villegas: A Retardation Claim
Jose Villegas: A retardation claim
"...order to allow time to have his claim of mental retardation evaluated by a court. Lawyers for the state..."

April 11, 2014 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Point Austin: A Blueprint for Mental Health
The Mayor's Task Force issues its report, but the real work is yet to come
" plow through the "Final Report" of Mayor Wynn's Mental Health Task Force, released last week. It's a dispiriting..."

Feb. 4, 2005 News Column by Michael King

Death Watch: Mental Illness Claims Fail; Death Awaits
After a 2005 murder, Clifton Williams is set to be executed
"...Appealability) that Williams suffers from a wide range of mental illnesses, including paranoid schizophrenia, with which he was diagnosed..."

July 10, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

The mentally handicapped again are used as vehicles for our own best intentions.
"...good intentions and a rousing message about "mainstreaming" the mentally disabled – whom, the movie quite seriously suggests, have..."

Oct. 24, 2003 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Two Lives Lost
Danielle Martin and Jackson Ngai shared a close friendship, a passionate love for music, and mental illness. They cared for each other as best they could. And then he killed her.
"...had more than once sought help from the Texas mental health system. In a story becoming increasingly familiar, he..."

Nov. 12, 2004 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Death Watch: Texas Goes Through With Wilson Execution
Supreme Court declines to intervene in case of man with IQ of 61
"...Despite the lingering questions about Marvin Lee Wilson's mental abilities, both Gov. Rick Perry and the U.S. Supreme..."

Aug. 8, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: After Appeal Denied, Death Row Inmate to Die
Claims of mental retardation did nothing to stop the state's next execution
"...PTSD as a result of his traumatic upbringing, and mentally retarded – did nothing to sway either court, largely because..."

Oct. 2, 2015 News Feature by Chase Hoffberger

Managing Disease – or Money?
State's latest strategy for mental health care looks like rationing
"...Ngai story – that only homicide brought him adequate mental health care – aren't lost on Joe Lovelace, executive..."

Nov. 12, 2004 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Karen Bernstein's 'Are the Kids Alright?' examines the state of mental health care in Texas
"...might receive the treatment that he required for his mental illness. Now, at 18, Jeremy, living in a residential..."

July 9, 2004 Screens Feature by Anne S. Lewis

Recovery Projects
Help for defendants who are homeless, alcoholic, or mentally ill
"...cooperation with Austin Travis County Inte­gral Care (formerly the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center), provides housing for up..."

March 26, 2010 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Why Is Doil Lane Still on Death Row?
Despite a Supreme Court ban on the execution of the mentally retarded, those prisoners remain on Texas' death row.
"...Doil Lane is mentally retarded; doctors believe his brain may have been deprived..."

Oct. 17, 2003 News Feature by Rita Radostitz

Smart Enough to Die
In 2002, the Supreme Court banned the death penalty for mentally retarded defendants. Still, Texas finds a way.
"...And that is a key issue, because Chester is mentally retarded, says Orlansky, a circumstance that should make him..."

April 19, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Our readers talk back.
"...for your reporting on Texas' attempt to execute the mentally retarded ["Why Is Doil Lane Still on Death Row?"..."

Oct. 24, 2003 Column

Texas Justice Flawless
"...the difference between right and wrong? Nada mas, campers. Mentally retarded people are not totally helpless and incapable of..."

Oct. 20, 2003 Postmarks

Naked City
Travis Co. selects finalists for the hospital district board
"...Hemlock, associate medical director with the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation; Victoria Hsu, outgoing director of..."

July 23, 2004 News Feature by Amy Smith

Death Sentence Overturned
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals narrowly sides with argument that killer is mentally retarded
"...and federal courts for nearly 25 years and was instrumental in raising the debate over whether it is constitutionally..."

Oct. 14, 2005 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Death Watch: Texas Set to Kill Mentally Disabled Man
Few hours remain for Supremes to step in
" advocates continue to cry foul. Indeed, Wilson is mentally retarded and execution of the mentally disabled is, in..."

Aug. 7, 2012 News Post by Jordan Smith

Home on the Ranch
Life at Marbridge Ranch defies rehab and assisted living clichés.
"...infants each year are born with some form of mental retardation. So as I drove through the picturesque winding..."

April 20, 2001 Features Feature by Stuart Prestidge

Cruel and Unusual
The Supreme Court decides the death houses can do without a few more victims
"...6-3 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, declaring the execution of mentally retarded prisoners unconstitutional, must be acknowledged as one small..."

June 28, 2002 News Column by Michael King

The Short Unhappy Life of Sophia King
The APD shooting death of Sophia King was a tragedy waiting to happen.
"...two, frequent flyer in both the criminal justice and mental health systems, predator and prey, she was just 23..."

Aug. 2, 2002 News Feature by Lucius Lomax

Three Executions Pending
Three more executions scheduled and under appeal
" of Lewis, the issue is whether he is mentally retarded, and thus ineligible for the death penalty. On..."

April 5, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Perry the Executioner
Texas leads the country in executions, and Rick Perry holds the record tally
"...measure that would have banned the execution of the mentally retarded. "[A]fter many difficult and emotional days of analysis..."

Sept. 16, 2011 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Naked City
Headlines and happenings from Austin and beyond
" ARCIL press release, "Institutions include nursing facilities, state mental retardation facilities, Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services..."

July 22, 2005 News Feature by Lee Nichols

Death Watch
Chester to die June 12
"...What remains in question, however, is whether Chester is mentally retarded. To date, the courts have declared that he..."

June 7, 2013 News Feature by Jordan Smith

Capitol Chronicle
No Mercy: Perry to Decide If Texas Will Continue to Execute Mentally Retarded
"...Ellis, which would in principle ban the execution of mentally retarded defendants. The bill would allow a jury or..."

June 8, 2001 News Column by Michael King

Naked City
Student accused of murdering piano professor may proceed to trial
"...of a psychotic episode. He had been diagnosed with mental illness months earlier and treated by the Austin State..."

Nov. 5, 2004 News Feature by Emily Pyle

Naked City
The Open Door Preschool, which offers its services to low-income, disabled, and non-disabled children alike, gets to stay in its old building -- from which its landlord had planned to evict it -- at a new, more expensive, lease.
" spite of, Open Door's landlord, the Austin/Travis County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center, depending on whom you ask...."

May 4, 2001 News Feature by Kevin Fullerton

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