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


Health care worker shortage, behavioral health resources top concerns for hospital execs in Pa.

Shortages of nurses, doctors and other qualified workers was a challenge before the coronavirus strained hospitals, however, the virus accelerated the need for action, as burned-out nurses fled intensive care units flooded with COVID-19 patients. 

By Brett Sholtis

As 988 hotline goes live in Pennsylvania, crisis centers need workers

Pennsylvania crisis intervention centers are facing a staffing shortage at a time when demand is expected to increase.

By Brett Sholtis

Bucks County, prison guards sued for pepper spraying, restraining woman with mental illness

A Yardley couple is suing Bucks County and 10 county jail employees over what they allege were civil rights violations against their daughter, 29-year-old Kim Stringer.  

By Brett Sholtis

Nurses in Pennsylvania waited months to get licenses to work during historic staffing shortage

NPR found Pennsylvania processed LPN applications more slowly than any other state and was among the slowest at issuing RN licenses last year.

By Brett Sholtis

People with mental illness to lose home over Norristown land deal

“The system is really at a critical point now.”

By Brett Sholtis

With Pa. hospitals desperate for nurses, ‘travelers’ make the best of a bad situation

Stressed out nurses are ditching their jobs for lucrative travel gigs, while overburdened hospitals see record staffing shortages.

By Brett Sholtis

Top Stories of 2021: COVID-19 vaccine offers hope, while misinformation undermines public health

For many, the vaccine promised an end to the pandemic. But falsehoods about the virus and about public health measures worked against efforts to save lives.

By Brett Sholtis

Opioid settlement: Here’s how much money Pa. counties would see

Counties will have broad authority to decide where the money goes.

By Brett Sholtis

Penn State Health scientists to study mindfulness in managing diabetes

Mindfulness helps to lower stress, which means that it can be one way to help people manage their blood sugar.
By Brett Sholtis

Federal judge tosses lawsuit from Geisinger employees seeking to disregard COVID-19 policy

Unvaccinated employees didn’t want to get tested twice a week for the coronavirus.

By Brett Sholtis
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