- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

DALLAS (AP) - Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk has been hospitalized at an Arizona clinic since mid-June, the third time she has sought inpatient treatment for mental illness since taking office in January 2015.

Even though Hawk has reported for work at her courthouse office just 66 days this year, her second-in-command, Messina Madson, said Hawk has “no plans to resign” and “does plan to return,” The Dallas Morning News reported (https://bit.ly/2bhoi3Q ).

Last year, her first year in office, Hawk worked about 79 percent of her scheduled workdays, the newspaper previously reported.

No date has been set for Hawk’s return, said Madson, who’s running the office in her absence. She declined to discuss Hawk’s mental state or the treatment she is receiving at the Sierra Tucson clinic.

Hawk, a Republican, checked herself into The Menninger Clinic in Houston on May 20, where she had spent two months last year. At that time, her office issued a statement saying she was continuing to battle depression and noted that “relapse is common.” In a second statement issued later that day, the office said Hawk had “voluntarily sought treatment” at the Menninger Clinic.

She was released in mid-June but did not return to work. In fact, Hawk announced days later that she would seek more inpatient therapy at Sierra Tucson, a clinic for mood and anxiety disorders and addiction.

Earlier this summer, Hawk said in a statement: “Mental illness is a fluid and dynamic disease that calls for unexpected and prolonged treatment. I did not choose this disease, but I am choosing to treat it aggressively and openly.”

During her campaign in 2013, she entered rehab for a prescription drug addiction at another Arizona clinic.

If she were to resign before Aug. 26, voters would choose her successor in November. If she were to resign after that, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott would choose.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com


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