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Advocates flag concerns over Pa.’s new mental health law

Act 106 establishes a new standard for involuntary outpatient commitment.
By Brett Sholtis

Peyton Heart Project: ‘It’s a kindness mission and a mission of hope’

Patti Dille lost her son Matthew to suicide in 2014. He was 17. She says she did not see signs that he was considering suicide, which is one reason she now works to spread awareness through the Peyton Heart Project.

By Keira McGuire

Three years after ACLU settlement, prisoners with mental illnesses still face long waits to be placed in state hospitals

The situation leaves people who have been deemed unfit to stand trial for alleged crimes locked up in county prisons for weeks or months
By Brett Sholtis

Emergency rooms are flooded with mental health patients who have nowhere else to go

Health system and county officials point to a need for more mental health resources.
By Brett Sholtis

State mental health funding hasn’t increased in years. Counties say it’s affecting care.

Most of the mental health care for Pennsylvanians not covered by Medicaid, or insurance is provided through counties and bankrolled by the state.
By Katie Meyer

State watchdog releases recommendations for reducing gun violence

DePaquale: "Over the last decade, firearm-related injuries cost Pennsylvania taxpayers about $1.5 billion in total healthcare costs"
By Rachel McDevitt

Homeless and mentally ill: Hilda’s story

Hilda hasn’t always been homeless. She has tried many housing situations, but since 2009 she has been evicted from at least six places. She says people don’t understand her or her habits. Sometimes, she says she doesn’t understand herself. Hilda has been diagnosed with several mental illness disorders.

By Keira McGuire

People with serious mental illnesses are waiting months, sometimes ‘a year or more,’ to get treatment

In the 12 years since Harrisburg State Hospital closed, state funding for community mental health programs has decreased, leaving services 'stretched thin.'
By Brett Sholtis