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A report released Tuesday by the Vera Institute of Justice offers several policy recommendations for law enforcement agencies that emphasize treatment and diversion for sex workers and individuals with mental illnesses and addictions.
A report released Tuesday by the Vera Institute of Justice offers several policy recommendations for law enforcement agencies that emphasize treatment and diversion for sex workers and individuals with mental illnesses and addictions.

Report Recommends Police Reform Mental Health Policies

Holding up San Antonio as an example, a report released Tuesday by the Vera Institute of Justice recommends law enforcement agencies change their practices regarding mental illness, sex workers and addiction.

Dr. John Hellerstedt will be the next leader of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Dr. John Hellerstedt will be the next leader of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Hellerstedt to Lead Texas Public Health Agency

John Hellerstedt, now chief medical officer of the Seton Family of Hospitals in Central Texas, will be the next commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, officials said Monday.

State Health Tests Prodded Blue Bell Recall

Shortly after lab tests on two Blue Bell ice cream flavors — Mint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough — came back “presumptive positive” for Listeria, Kathy Perkins, an assistant commissioner at the state health agency, reached for the phone to call Brenham. 

Terrell State Hospital is one of 10 state psychiatric hospitals.
Terrell State Hospital is one of 10 state psychiatric hospitals.

Terrell State Psychiatrists Resign After Accusations

Two psychiatrists at Terrell State Hospital resigned this week after they were accused of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from a pharmaceutical company to use their state positions to promote the company’s products.

State of Mind: Finding a Way to Cover the Uninsured

Texas hospitals want state lawmakers to find a way for the state to draw down billions in federal Affordable Care Act dollars to cover the uninsured and alleviate the burden on local taxpayers. Health officials hope the Legislature looks at a program in San Antonio that they say has the makings of a Texas solution. This is the third video in our eight-part State of Mind series.

Dr. Lakey questions witness during the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response at the Texas Capitol on October 23rd, 2014
Dr. Lakey questions witness during the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response at the Texas Capitol on October 23rd, 2014

Lakey Leaving Health Agency for Position at UT System

The state's top public health official, David Lakey, will leave the Department of State Health Services to accept a joint position with the University of Texas System and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, sources familiar with the plans say.

 

Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Director Dr. Brett Giroir during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol on October 17th, 2014 joined by Gov. Perry, Dr. Kyle Janek, Col. Steve McCraw and Chief Nim Kidd
Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Director Dr. Brett Giroir during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol on October 17th, 2014 joined by Gov. Perry, Dr. Kyle Janek, Col. Steve McCraw and Chief Nim Kidd

Ebola Task Force's Report Includes Call for New Facility

In a new report, the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response called for the establishment of a treatment facility specifically for children, among other recommendations.

Texas Women Seeking Abortions May Look to Their Doctors

When federal appellate judges ruled last week that the state could enforce strict new abortion restrictions while a legal challenge winds its way through the courts, Texas was left with just eight abortion clinics authorized to perform the procedure. While many Texas women now live hundreds of miles away from such facilities, some may still have another option: their doctor’s office.