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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office confirms DA Susan Hawk is now seeking treatment in Arizona.

On May 20, the DA’s office announced Hawk was currently seeking new treatment for her mental health issues.

On Monday, the DA’s office issued a statement from Hawk saying in a proactive effort to address her mental health, she is seeking treatment in Arizona:

“Under the guidance of my doctors, today I’m entering a treatment facility in Arizona that specializes in mood disorders. Mental illness is a fluid and dynamic disease that calls for unexpected and prolonged treatment. Like the tens of millions of Americans that suffer from mental illness, I did not choose this disease, but I am choosing to treat it aggressively and openly in an effort to provide transparency from our office, and to encourage others living with similar struggles to be proactive in treatment and not live in shame.” said Judge Hawk. “I’m committed to making my health the top priority so I can honor my commitment of service to Dallas County. I’m blessed to have the continued and steadfast support of my leadership team and colleagues at the DA’s office, and I thank them for their hard work in serving our citizens in my absence.” Hawk continued.

The statement went on to explain Hawk has remained under the care of mental health professionals and will continue to “as they collaborate to determine an effective treatment plan, which will include a timeline for her return back to the District Attorney’s Office.”

This is the third time Hawk has left office to get medical treatment.

She was sharply criticized for her undisclosed absence last summer and there was an attempt to have her removed from office.

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