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Through the Cracks

Through the Cracks is an exploration of mental health services in the commonwealth. Both data-driven and deeply personal, the series aims to spark conversations, question policymakers and health care leaders, and result in measurable improvements for those who need help.

This series is a collaboration between PA Post and Transforming Health.



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


Veterans with PTSD train service dogs to take back control of their lives

Dog T.A.G.S. teaches veterans to train their own service dogs. Other than the cost of caring for the dog, there is no cost to the veteran.

By Keira McGuire

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

‘There’s no place for him’: One mother’s concerns about the closure of Norristown State Hospital

'I just cannot get him back. I want to get my son back.'
By Keira McGuire

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

The importance of personal connections: A conversation with Dr. Jesse Gill

Personal connections and meaningful relationships can have a profound impact on mental well-being.

By Brett Sholtis

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
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