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Bexar mental health crisis, new bus schedules, and good news for cats

It's not all in your head:

Look no farther than the jail or city streets to see the mental-health crisis in Bexar County. Funding, services, and public policy regarding those with mental illness will be discussed at a forum sponsored by the San Antonio Chapter of the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill. It will be held Tuesday, May 10 at 7 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 510 Belknap. Confirmed presenters include psychiatrist Dr. Harold Domres, Rolando Alvarado of the San Antonio Police Department, City Councilwoman Patti Radle, and Eliseo Smith, a NAMI member and advocate.

Check your timetables:

Just when you had memorized the bus schedules for the No. 522 Vance Jackson route to catch the No. 68 at Las Palmas and then switch to the No. 75 to get to Wrenn Middle School, VIA has announced it will change more than 30 bus routes and/or timetables later this month. VIA is holding several information sessions on the new schedules: May 9, 6-8 a.m., Crossroads Park and Ride; May 10, 3:30-6:30 p.m., the South Texas Medical Center Transit Center; May 11, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Ingram Transit Center; May 12, 6-8 a.m., Randolph Park and Ride; May 13, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Kel-Lac Transit Center; May 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., VIA Metro Center, 1021 San Pedro. New pocket schedules for the affected routes will be in VIA information centers and on buses by mid-May. Info: 362-2020.

Department of Good News:

Two years ago, the Current reported on a couple that had fed about 15 stray cats in a downtown neighborhood every day for a year. `"Meet the cat people," January 9-15, 2003.` Last week, the couple reported that they were finally able to capture the cats, and took them to the veterinarian to be vaccinated and sterilized. All but three have been adopted. The couple also rescued a dog and eight puppies that had been dumped in the area and found good homes for them, too.

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