Alexa Garcia-Ditta Contributing Writer

Alexa Garcia-Ditta is a graduate student in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas. While earning her bachelor's degree at the University of Texas at Arlington in print journalism and Spanish, she was a reporter and editor at The Shorthorn for three years. A Houston native, she has also interned for The Baytown Sun, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina.

Recent Contributions

Cuts Could Mean Longer Wait for Mental Health Beds

The wait to get into one of Texas' 10 state mental hospitals — already long — may be about to get longer. Last month, as part of its attempt to comply with Gov. Rick Perry’s request that each state agency reduce its budget by 5 percent, the Department of State Health Services proposed eliminating 50 beds from four of the state's 10 mental hospitals: San Antonio, Rusk, Terrell and North Texas Wichita. The state's mental hospitals are already almost at full capacity, with nearly 2,500 self-admitted patients and allegedly criminal patients awaiting treatment so they can stand trial.