HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Female veterans take part in The Lotus Project, a nonprofit group that serves women veterans in Houston, TX
Female veterans take part in The Lotus Project, a nonprofit group that serves women veterans in Houston, TX

Female Veterans Find Solace, Support Through "Sisterhood" (Video)

More female veterans call Texas home than any other state in the country, according to 2015 figures. One nonprofit group in Houston ensures that female veterans get a safe space to receive counseling and learn from one another's experiences.

Female Veterans Find Solace, Support Through "Sisterhood" (Video)

Female veterans take part in The Lotus Project, a nonprofit group that serves women veterans in Houston, TX
Female veterans take part in The Lotus Project, a nonprofit group that serves women veterans in Houston, TX

More female veterans call Texas home than any other state in the country, according to 2015 figures. One nonprofit group in Houston ensures that female veterans get a safe space to receive counseling and learn from one another's experiences.

For Foster Kids, a Push to Ensure Medical Care Treats Psychological Pain

Bari Greenwood, who adopted her daughter after she was removed from her biological parents by Child Protective Services, stands at the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care in Plano, Texas, May 4, 2016. Greenwood and her family received services at the center.
Bari Greenwood, who adopted her daughter after she was removed from her biological parents by Child Protective Services, stands at the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care in Plano, Texas, May 4, 2016. Greenwood and her family received services at the center.

State officials hope a new network of clinics will better connect foster children with trauma-informed behavioral health care.

State Spending More on Mental Health Care, but Waitlist Grows

The Austin State Hospital is shown on April 29, 2016. Despite an infusion of funding from lawmakers for the state’s mental health care system, Texas struggles to provide psychiatric care for all patients who need it.
The Austin State Hospital is shown on April 29, 2016. Despite an infusion of funding from lawmakers for the state’s mental health care system, Texas struggles to provide psychiatric care for all patients who need it.

Texas lawmakers tout recent improvements to the state’s mental health safety net, citing new funding and program expansions. But the state still struggles to provide psychiatric care for all patients who need it.

Child Abuse Case Resurfaces in Railroad Commission Race

A 2011 photo of Melissa and Gary Gates with seven of their 13 children on the Gates' 150-acre property in Richmond, Texas. From left to right: Melissa, Marcus, Gary, Cassie, Sarah, Cynthia, Andy, Raquel and Lexi.
A 2011 photo of Melissa and Gary Gates with seven of their 13 children on the Gates' 150-acre property in Richmond, Texas. From left to right: Melissa, Marcus, Gary, Cassie, Sarah, Cynthia, Andy, Raquel and Lexi.

Sixteen years ago, CPS staffers accused Gary and Melissa Gates of abuse and removed their 13 children from their home. That case fizzled quickly, but the allegations and ensuing legal fight continue to provide fodder for Gates' political opponents.

 

No State Laws Keep Eye on the Tigers

Animal control officers in Conroe, Texas captured a young female tiger wandering the streets on April 21 after widespread flooding in the Houston area.
Animal control officers in Conroe, Texas captured a young female tiger wandering the streets on April 21 after widespread flooding in the Houston area.

A tiger left roaming the streets of Conroe after last week's floods has unearthed a unique complication: There are few statewide regulations regarding dangerous wild animals in Texas.

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Texas Cemetery Sued Over “Whites Only” Policy

The San Domingo Cemetery in Normanna, Texas. Donna Barrera claims she was told that  her deceased husband Pedro could not be buried in the cemetery because of his Hispanic ethnicity.
The San Domingo Cemetery in Normanna, Texas. Donna Barrera claims she was told that her deceased husband Pedro could not be buried in the cemetery because of his Hispanic ethnicity.

Dorothy Barrera hoped she and her late husband would eventually be together again at the San Domingo Cemetery, but she says the cemetery association refused to allow her husband's burial because he was Hispanic.

Cuts Hit Early Childhood Intervention Program

Lauretta Jackson, a physical therapist from Any Baby Can, works with Sara weekly to improve her body strength. Nonprofit therapy providers are worried budget cuts made by lawmakers will put them out of business.
Lauretta Jackson, a physical therapist from Any Baby Can, works with Sara weekly to improve her body strength. Nonprofit therapy providers are worried budget cuts made by lawmakers will put them out of business.

Nonprofit providers of pediatric therapy services say sweeping budget cuts ordered by state lawmakers will jeopardize the Early Childhood Intervention program in particular.