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“Vanished mental-health archives stymie genealogists”

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This February 15, 2015 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website talks about the frustration face by many genealogists who try to trace the lives of family members who have been dead for may years, but spent time in a state hospital or other mental health treatment facility.

“Should Psychiatric Patients Have the Right to See Their Files?”

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This October 21, 2014 More than Borderline blog post on the Healthy Place website raises an interesting question about whether or not a psychiatric patient has the same rights to view their files as someone with a medical condition does.  The post doesn’t go in-depth, but it is something I’ve wondered about myself from time to time,  so I thought I would share the questions and concerns raised in the post I linked to.

“Pa. sends mental health data for gun checks”

Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital 6

Abandoned Psychiatric Hospital 6 (Photo credit: spokospoko.org)

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This January 19, 2013 article on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website indicates that Pennsylvania has complied with the federal request for information about people who have been involuntarily committed to a mental health facility, though the article also indicates that there is some confusion as to whether or not a 302 (72 hour involuntary commitment where the person has been deemed to be a danger to self or others) which is the shortest involuntary commitment does or doesn’t make it illegal for someone to own firearms under the federal regulations.

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