“This Philadelphia government agency means $4 billion to the city’s economy, study claims”

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This April 6, 2015 article on the Philadelphia Business Journal website talks about a study done by the Scattergood Foundation that shows that for every $1 spent on Behavioral Health in Philadelphia, $2.50 is generated that is put back into the city.  The article briefly explains how this happens.

“PA welfare department gets a new name”

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This September 24, 2014 WFMZ-TV News segment talks about a new law signed by Governor Corbett that officially changes the name of the Department of Public Welfare to be the Department of Human Services.  The name is felt to better encompass what the agency does or provides.

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“Cook County Sheriff Rips Mental Health Cuts: ‘We Have Criminalized Mental Illness In This Country’”

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This March 26, 2014 ThinkProgress article focuses on the issues of lacking mental health care in Cook County Illinois, and describes how that jail there has become one of the largest defacto mental health treatment facilities in the country, because of how funding for community based mental health care has been repeatedly cut and basically ravaged over the years.  PA Representative Tim Murphy’s proposed mental health reform bill was mentioned in the article as well.