Brett Sholtis, Reporter / Transforming Health

Brett Sholtis is WITF’s Transforming Health reporter, covering health policy and community health issues that affect Pennsylvanians. Brett strives to share personal stories that have a tie to broad issues and emerging trends. He seeks to give voice to diverse viewpoints, including those of people living with mental illness, disability and those living in poverty. He plays a key role in WITF’s mental health series, Through the Cracks, which reports on problem areas in mental health services and efforts to reduce stigma around those living with behavioral disorders. Previously, Brett was a business reporter at the York Daily Record, where his work included award-winning examinations of the nuclear power industry and food safety. He is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard veteran.

Latest by Brett Sholtis


Deaths of people with intellectual disabilities in Pa. went unreported, says federal regulator

Thousands of unreported “critical incidents,” including two deaths and cases of abuse and neglect, were found in an audit of medical claims.

By Brett Sholtis

One year in, crisis center to stop school violence in Pa. has fielded more than 40,000 tips

The partnership between Sandy Hook Promise and the state Attorney General's office aims to prevent mass shootings and help children dealing with problems.
By Brett Sholtis

Advocates rally against bill to keep White Haven and Polk state centers open

Polk Center and White Haven Center are two of the four facilities for people with intellectual disabilities still in operation across Pennsylvania.

By Brett Sholtis

Paxtang Borough proposes ban on e-cigarette sales while business owner is setting up vape shop

Borough officials denied East Coast Vapor a business license, citing a plan to ban vape shops downtown.
By Brett Sholtis

Governor Wolf promises action on mental health, but doesn’t say how it will be funded

The governor's office says the plan is "aimed at expanding resources" as well as fighting stigma, but said it's too early to talk funding or structure.
By Brett Sholtis

Updated: January 8, 2020 | 5:21 pm

Two firearms safety instructors have a plan to prevent suicides among gun owners

The effort involves people voluntarily turning in their firearms during times of personal crisis.
By Brett Sholtis

‘Confinement and desperation’ at Berks County immigrant detention center detailed in auditor general’s report

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has twice denied requests to tour the Berks County Residential Center, where people are being kept for months while they await administrative hearings.

By Brett Sholtis

A third of Pa. drinking water samples contained toxic chemicals. The state says there’s ‘no widespread contamination’

Amid federal inaction, there's no consensus on how much of the PFAS class of chemicals is too much.
By Brett Sholtis

Pa. officials voice concern over Trump administration’s planned cuts to SNAP food assistance

The proposed changes would slash federal food assistance to low-income families by $4.5 billion over five years.
By Brett Sholtis

Pa. Insurance Department warns against robocalls claiming to sell health insurance during Affordable Care Act open enrollment

The department says some companies may be selling short-term, limited duration plans, while other callers are falsely claiming to be from the state.
By Brett Sholtis
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