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Experts: Stop blaming mental illness for mass shootings

To some people, the act of indiscriminately shooting people is by itself evidence of mental illness. However, groups such as the American Psychological Association and the National Association for Mental Illness say that’s not true.

By Brett Sholtis

Pa. school safety tip-line used more to report bullying, suicidal thoughts, than violent threats

Many of the 23,494 tips received by the Safe2Say Something program were related to bullying, self-harm, thoughts of suicide, or depression, according to data released by Pennsylvania’s Office of the Attorney General.

By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Cameras, counselors and yoga — how Pa. schools spent an unprecedented flood of safety and security cash

“You can’t hide behind, ‘It’ll never happen here,’ because we just don’t know where it will happen,”
By Avi Wolfman-Arent, Keystone Crossroads

Smart Talk: Involuntary commitment is a lifeline for some

One family's daughter, diagnosed with bipolar disorder, doesn't believe she needs treatment
By Anna Sirianni, WITF

Praying for involuntary commitment: One family struggles to help their bipolar daughter

The Stringer family sees profound failures of the mental health system in Pennsylvania
By Brett Sholtis

Norristown civil unit closure allows for forensic unit expansion

Closure of the civil unit at Norristown State Hospital is now expected to be complete by fall of this year. With those beds opening, officials say the forensic unit can expand. Forensic beds are reserved for those with a mental illness who have also committed a crime.

By Keira McGuire

Philadelphia jail offers out-of-cell therapy for inmates in solitary confinement

“With the idea the correctional system is becoming the new state hospital, it would be nice to be able to enhance the services for the seriously mentally ill in our population.”
By Nina Feldman, WHYY

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