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Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk Has Returned To Dallas But Not To Work

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Stella M. Chávez
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KERA News
Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk

District Attorney Susan Hawk has returned to Dallas from the Menninger Clinic in Houston, where she was being treated for depression, but she's has yet to be cleared by her doctor to return to work.

She remains under the care of mental health professionals as they form a treatment plan and set a date for her return to the district attorney's office, according to a press release from Hawk's team. There are few details about her most recent stay in Houston at this time. 

Hawk has been in and out of treatment for depression and anxiety since August 2015. Her most recent stint at the same Houston clinic began May 20, according to The Dallas Morning News.

In October, after a two-month absence, she talked about the mental illness, treatment and lessons learned with KERA.   

"I’ll tell you, I love this job so much. I care about the courthouse, the criminal justice system, I’ve dedicated my entire adult life to this. If there was a second or a moment that I felt like I was not capable of doing this job, I would step down.”

Hawk was elected to the position in 2014. Listen to her conversation with KERA about her plans as district attorney days before she took office.