Health & Human Services

Friday, May 25, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Growing opioid abuse crisis draws push for budget requests, partnerships

Looking to head off a public health issue that was repeatedly referred to as a growing crisis, City Council voted Thursday to take the first steps to combat an increase in deaths and abuse of the opioid family of drugs…

Friday, April 27, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Dell Med School using grant money for population, teen mental health

A grant of nearly $1 million from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation is paying for a pair of programs at the University of Texas’ Dell Medical School that will attempt to advance treatment of teenage mental health and the…

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Drug cases pinch SIMS budget as local opioid abuse grows

A surge in substance abuse cases, specifically opioids, in Austin’s music community has put one of Austin’s most well-known music nonprofits in financial trouble and on the lookout for public and private dollars to combat a growing health crisis.The SIMS…

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 by Chad Swiatecki

Review points the way for Central Health improvements

A recent study of Central Health’s services and performance for the Austin area has recommended that the agency take further steps to improve health care access for all residents – especially marginalized communities – as well as toward improving its…

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

New rules for Central Health don’t satisfy critics

The Travis County Commissioners Court has concluded another chapter in the extended controversy over Central Health, but one of the hospital district’s lead critics says he is not ready to quit.On Tuesday, the court amended the district’s financial policy framework…

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Chad Swiatecki

Med school seeks more ideas in helping distressed residents’ health

The Dell Medical School at the University of Texas is making another attempt to solicit ideas from Austin residents about how to address chronic and sometimes hidden health problems throughout the city.The school’s Center For Place-Based Initiatives announced its second…

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