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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.

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

“Negotiators to meet amid Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate”

Stalemate chess

Stalemate chess (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This July 6, 2015 article found on the Lancaster Online website talks about the stalemate between Governor Wolf and the GOP as negotiations continue over the state budget.  The article points out that state employees would still be paid, but that county social services that provide a safety-net for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable citizens would go unpaid until a budget is passed.

“Warren County Community Mental Health Awareness Video”

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This May 12, 2015 video by the GlarnerGroup was produced in Warren County, PA and talks about mental illness statistics surrounding it, and explaining why mental health is important and why we need to support those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness.  The message in this video is very recovery oriented.

“‘In The Blood’ at Theatre Horizon in Norristown addresses homelessness during, after performance”

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This May 5, 2015 article from The Times Herald talks about a theater production that is hoping to raise awareness about homelessness and remind us that people who are homeless each have a story to tell and that regardless of how they got to where they are, they are still people with the same needs as anyone else.

“Philadelphia succeeds without ‘asylums'”

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This April 21, 2015 article on the Philly.com website talks about the ways that Philly is succeeding when it comes to caring for and treating people with mental health issues.

“Housing, not asylums”

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This March 24, 2015 article found on the Philly.com website talks about the idea that providing safe affordable housing with appropriate supportive services could reduce homelessness and incarceration rates among those with mental health issues who have found themselves either incarcerated or homeless .. or both.

“Asylum for the severely mentally ill”

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High Royds solitary confinement – geograph.org.uk – 1047059 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Asylum for the severely mentally ill.

This undated audio segment found on the WHYY – Voices In The Family, talks about the issues surrounding the treatment of people with mental illnesses describing how state hospitals have been run in the past, the closure of many of them, and the result of poor funding of community based services which has resulted in an influx of people with mental illnesses ending up in jails and prisons where they are often heavily medicated or placed in solitary confinement for long periods of time.   There is a link within the description of the segment pointing to an article on the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) “Improving Long-term Psychiatric Care Bring Back the Asylum” is a freely accessible publication and is the article that the interview in this segment is based on.

“Not a “flop house,” Water Street Mission now expects guests to work a plan out of homelessness”

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This January 11, 2015 LancasterOnline article talks about changes one Mission is making in how they help people who are homeless.

“Getting mental health services can be hard, despite law requiring parity”

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This January 5, 2015 Washington Post article talks about the struggles people have with getting mental health care despite the fact there are parity laws that say mental health and physical health should be equal in terms of services provided and insurance coverage of those services

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon

Mental Health Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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“No easy answers for helping homeless”

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This December 26, 2014 Centre Daily Times article talks about some of the issues faced by people who want to help people who are homeless and who have mental health issues.

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