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For Family & Friends

Information for Families

With a loved one struggling with a mental illness or substance use disorder, you’ve got enough stress to cope with. We hope this handbook that we put together for you will make life a little less stressful as your family member is admitted to Menninger.

Visiting Hours

We encourage you to come to Menninger, if possible, and spend time with your loved one during visiting hours; however, during the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person visits are not possible.
Visiting hours vary by program. Ask your social worker or a nurse for details.

Family Orientation

Jumpstart your family therapy by participating in Family Orientation. Social workers present an overview of Menninger, our patient-centered treatment and how to support your family member.
Family Orientation is held weekly on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:30 pm CT in the Commons. No RSVP is needed.

Family Education Day

We encourage all families of recently admitted patients to attend Family Education Day, which is offered about every 6- to 8 weeks at Menninger.
Participating will help you learn about psychiatric, behavioral and addictive disorders, elevate your understanding of treatment approaches and strengthen understanding within the family. You’ll also have the chance to meet other families and share experiences.

Resources for Families

In addition to what you can learn about mental illness, treatment and recovery from our Family Education Day and Family Orientation, you can learn more by checking out what’s available on our social channels:
  • YouTube – hear Menninger clinicians and national experts on a range of mental health topics.
  • Facebook and Twitter – curated news about mental health and Menninger.
  • LinkedIn – professional opportunities at Menninger and staff highlights.
Follow us, and we’ll help keep you up-to-date about Menninger, research and news from the world of mental health.


Looking for a nearby hotel to stay in? Here are some local favorites.
LaQuinta Inn & Suites (Galleria area – 9 miles from Menninger)
1625 West Loop South
Houston, TX  77027
Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Texas Medical Center area - 4 miles from Menninger) (Ask for the medical rate.)
9300 S. Main St.
Houston, TX 77025
Sheraton Hotel (Galleria area – 8 miles from Menninger)
2400 West Loop S
Houston, TX 77027  
Marriott Courtyard Houston Medical Center (Texas Medical Center area – 5 miles from Menninger) (Ask for the medical rate.)
7702 Main Street
Houston, TX  77030
Hilton Post Oak (Galleria area – 8 miles from Menninger)
2001 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX  77056
JW Marriot Houston (Galleria area – 7.5 miles from Menninger)
5150 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX 77056
Houstonian Hotel (Uptown area – 7 miles from Menninger)
111 North Post Oak Lane
Houston, TX  77024
St. Regis Hotel (Galleria area – 9 miles from Menninger)
1919 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX  77027
Four Seasons Hotel (Downtown – 15 miles from Menninger)
1300 Lamar Street
Houston, TX  77010  

Dining Options

Houston is famous for its vibrant food scene, and the following areas offer plenty of options:
Meyerland Plaza – 4 miles from Menninger
Beck’s Prime Rib, Café Express, Chick-Fil-A, Escalante’s Mexican Grille, Fadi’s Mediterranean Grill, La Madeleine French Bakery and Café, Little Miyako Japanese Restaurant, Saltgrass Steakhouse, Starbucks Coffee and more.
Rice Village – 6 miles from Menninger
Prego, Torchy’s Tacos, Café Rabelais, Helen’s Greek Kitchen, Benjy’s, Cyclone Anaya’s, Black Walnut Café, Salento Bistrot, Punk’s Simple Southern Food, Hungry’s and more.
Galleria Area – 7 miles from Menninger
There are more than 100 restaurants to choose from in the Galleria area, including a variety of cuisines, with fine dining options.


If you’d rather use an individual cab company for transportation instead of a ride-share or rental company, here are two that many of our patients and their families have used. Please discuss policies related to their services directly with them.
VIP Services
Moe Alba 
A&T Taxi Services
John Telfah
Call us today & let us help you or a loved one.