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Pennsylvania mental health advocates hopeful for funding increase

Funding for county programs has been flat since 2007, while costs and demand have gone up.
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

Federal dollars give hope to mental health advocates aiming to launch treatment programs

Lack of funds kept counties from using “assisted outpatient treatment” services in the past.

By Brett Sholtis

Lancaster police officer cleared in fatal shooting of schizophrenic man with knife

The district attorney released the 911 call from the family as it concluded its investigation.
By Brett Sholtis

A family’s sorrow — and questions unanswered

Lancaster police killed Ricardo Munoz after he ran toward an officer with a knife. The man, who had schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, never got the help he needed.

By Brett Sholtis

A day in the life of a teacher practicing mindfulness during a pandemic 

“It can’t hurt to give 60 seconds of your day to something that could change your life.”

By Keira McGuire

Police and prison guards demand compliance. That only makes situations worse for people with serious mental illness in Pa.

Use of force reports from Bucks County jail offer a glimpse into a criminal justice system unequipped to deal with people who may be having a crisis.

By Brett Sholtis

A day in the life of a mental health professional during the COVID-19 pandemic

“I think we are going to see more mental health issues arise because of this whole coronavirus pandemic.”

By Keira McGuire

Five days after inmates speak out, woman with severe mental illness gets moved from Bucks County jail

Kimberly Stringer was transferred from the jail to a state psychiatric hospital after inmates’ claims about mistreatment and ‘horrific’ conditions became public.

By Brett Sholtis