Brett Sholtis, Reporter

Brett Sholtis is a reporter for PA Post. He’s also WITF’s Transforming Health reporter, focusing on health policy and personal health issues. Brett previously worked as a business reporter for York Daily Record. He’s a graduate of University of Pittsburgh.

Latest by Brett Sholtis

Here’s how the state is spending a $56M grant to address opioid addiction

Housing for people with opioid use disorder tops the list of spending from the federal grant to address opioid addiction in Pennsylvania.
By Brett Sholtis

Pa. Health Department declares Hepatitis A outbreak, cause unknown

Philadelphia and Allegheny counties have seen the highest concentrations of cases
By Brett Sholtis

Three medical marijuana changes being considered

"Law enforcement needs some training, but we need the assistance of the Department of Health."
By Brett Sholtis

Pennsylvania AG sues Purdue Pharma, noting sales reps’ role in opioid crisis

The lawsuit asks that the defendants forfeit all profits tied to OxyContin prescription in Pennsylvania, pay for the cost of the trial and pay civil penalties from $1,000 to $3,000 for each violation of consumer protection law.

By Brett Sholtis

Counties fight plan to nix Medicaid behavioral health model

Combining programs for mental and physical health would help patients and save taxpayers money, Phillips-Hill said. However, It would do away with a program that allows counties to apply for funds for behavioral health projects.

By Brett Sholtis

After 53-year fight, the central Pa. family of a black Vietnam veteran finally finds closure

India Garnett noted her brother was one of 22 U.S. soldiers who died in that battle. At that time, many veterans were overlooked, especially those from black or minority families.

By Brett Sholtis

Drop-in centers are a key mental health resource, but some counties lack them

Across the commonwealth, counties face challenges to getting drop-in centers up and running, and keeping them funded.

By Brett Sholtis

National Guard, police to destroy unused prescription drugs in collection effort

"They are dangerous substances. So, there's really no point in delaying getting these things out of your medicine cabinet."
By Brett Sholtis

Proposal would stop addiction centers from requiring positive drug tests in Pa.

The bill raises questions about a potentially dangerous practice, although it's unclear how common it is.
By Brett Sholtis

Central Pa. school district says children aren’t getting needed mental health services

A York school district occupational therapist said one of every five children has symptoms that meet the diagnosis for a mental health disorder. Eighty percent go untreated.
By Brett Sholtis