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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.

‘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

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

Mental illness, substance-use disorder often occur together

Julia Chapman knows her mental illness played a role in heroin use
By Keira McGuire

‘There are no answers’: One family pushes forward after losing teenager to suicide

Josh Sterner had good psychiatric care, a therapist and access to medication. None of that prevented his death.
By Brett Sholtis