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5 Part “Asylum Series” from The Inquirer

Article part 12  – 3  – 4  – 5

This series ran from February 2015 to April 2015 and covers a range of topics involving people with Mental illnesses and their families and the system meant to be helping them.

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“Don’t coerce the mentally ill into treatment Tim Murphy is raising the right issues but proposing the wrong solutions”

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This September 10, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the flaws of coerced treatment for people with mental illnesses.

English: Rain Garden Apartments in the Villebo...

English: Rain Garden Apartments in the Villebois development in Wilsonville, Oregon. Provides housing to those with mental illnesses. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Gov. Wolf at Willow Hill Elementary Monday on Budget Impasse”

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This July 27, 2015 WNPV-1440 segment talks about Governor Wolf’s presentation at a high school about the need to increase education funding and other budget related concerns.

“A cut to Social Security disability benefits may be around the corner”

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This July 23, 2015 article from the Washington Post talks about cuts to Social Security Disability benefits that will happen by the end of 2016 unless long-term changes are made to fund the program.  The last time Social Security Disability saw this was in the 80’s and changes were made including in benefits and other measures, but with the number of Baby Boomers reaching Retirement age, it is putting extra strain on the Social Security trust fund.  If nothing is done,  the trust fund for Social Security will potentially dry up completely by on of before 2034 to 2036 (depending on the article) if nothing is done.  According to this article if Congress doesn’t act, an automatic 20% decrease for every recipient will happen by 2016 someone receiving $750 in Social Security Disability benefits would lose about $112 worth of benefits per month if it is deducted as 20% per month.

“Pa. Corrections Workers Finish First Phase of Mental Health Training”

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This July 20, 2015 Newsworks article found on the NBC10.com website talks about the first phase of training received by a number of law enforcement officers and judges in Pennsylvania

“Pennsylvania state budget battles of the past”

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This June 28, 2015 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about some of the past budgets about how long it took to pass them and common themes seen for holdup in passing budgets.

“Law helps boost mental disabilities awareness”

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This July 19, 2015 article on theTimes-Tribune.com website talks about some of the details found in a bill that was recently passed requiring training for certain judges and law enforcement officers to turn the tide and prevent incarceration from being the go-to solution to mental health issues.

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