In the first segment:
One in four adults have a diagnosable mental disorder according to the National Institutes for Mental Health, which is almost 60 million Americans. For the first time, Bexar County created a mental health department, which has a $300,000 budget. The department intends to plug the holes and coordinate the resources here in Bexar County.
We talk with their first director, Gilbert Gonzales, about what is coming for the county and what they feel they can do with this first step.
In the second segment:
This week the South San Independent School District found itself back in the news, this time with city leaders calling for an investigation of the beleaguered school board. After two abrupt superintendent resignations in one year, a rotating cast of five superintendents in the past three years and board meeting theatrics that have flared in public, District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña, wrote a letter requesting the Texas Education Agency step in.
We talk with San Antonio Express-News reporter Francisco Vara-Orta, who has been covering the district since the most recent tumult began. Also joining us is Julian Trevino, senior lecturer on educational leadership at the University of Texas at San Antonio, who can shed some light on what steps a district can take to get back on track.
Councilman Rey Saldaña joins us on the phone to talk about why he is concerned about the district he graduated from.