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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.
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.
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.
Across the commonwealth, counties face challenges to getting drop-in centers up and running, and keeping them funded.
Personal connections and meaningful relationships can have a profound impact on mental well-being.
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.