Brett Sholtis, Reporter

Brett Sholtis is a health reporter for WITF/Transforming Health. Sholtis is the 2021-2022 Reveal Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grantee for Mental Health Investigative Journalism with the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. His award-winning work on problem areas in mental health policy and policing helped to get a woman moved from a county jail to a psychiatric facility. Sholtis is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard Kosovo campaign veteran.

Latest by Brett Sholtis


Legislation aims to prevent drug overdose deaths and diseases with ‘syringe services programs’

Such programs already operate in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton.

By Brett Sholtis

Inside a Pa. middle school where everyone wears masks, and it’s not really an issue

Educators say there’s a clear choice: Limit the spread of the virus, or risk going back to online and hybrid learning.

By Brett Sholtis

Available ICU hospital beds in Pa. dip to lowest point since start of pandemic

Health care experts cite ‘delay of care’ as one reason.

By Brett Sholtis

‘Breakthrough’ COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise in Pa.

As immunity wanes, more vaccinated people in Pa. are getting sick with the virus.

By Sarah Boden/WESA and Brett Sholtis

As COVID-19 rages, Pa. hospitals tell ambulance crews they don’t want people in crisis

COVID-19 is adding stress to Pennsylvania’s underfunded behavioral health care system.

By Brett Sholtis

Transforming Health seeks parents, students to share experiences

This post is part of WITF’s collaboration with Trusting News, a group that helps journalists earn trust by being transparent about the reporting process.

By Brett Sholtis

Dauphin, Bucks among counties to test out mental health pilot program

‘Assisted outpatient treatment’ is intended to give people structure and keep them out of jail.

By Brett Sholtis

WellSpan prohibits ER visitors in Franklin County due to unvaccinated people with COVID-19

All 38 patients in WellSpan’s intensive care units are unvaccinated.

By Brett Sholtis

Northern York middle and high schools halt in-person learning due to COVID-19 cases

The district plans to return to in-person learning late next week if the situation improves.

By Brett Sholtis

Challenging school mask mandate, House Republicans tap obscure committee

Democrats say the move will cause confusion as COVID-19 cases are rising.
By Brett Sholtis
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