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“Mentally ill inmates overwhelm PA jails”

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This April 11, 2017 segment of Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane talks about mental health services for those with mental illnesses who have been incarcerated in Pennsylvania.

“In this hour, Marty talks with FRED OSHER, director of health systems and services policy at the Council of State Governments Justice Center about Stepping Up and its objectives. JOHN WETZEL, Pennsylvania Secretary of Corrections, joins the discussion to address the potential impact of this plan on PA state prisons. BRUCE HERDMAN, chief medical director for the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, discusses the care needed for these inmates”[1]

“Stretching psychiatric care in rural Pennsylvania”

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This February 25, 2016 article on the News works website talks about the immense struggle that rural areas face when trying to meet the demand for mental health services, particularly access to Psychiatrists, in Pennsylvania.  The article estimates that there are about 10 Psychiatrists for every 100,000 people in Pennsylvania and points out that many of the existing Psychiatrists seem to cluster around the larger cities leaving folks in rural areas where the need tends to be greater with fewer

English: This photo describes a rural area

English: This photo describes a rural area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

professionals to serve those with mental health issues.

“As state expands Medicaid, glitch imperils care for drug addicts and mentally ill”

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This December 19, 2014 The Patriot-News article talks about a huge glitch that is effecting people with mental health and/or addition issues who are on medicaid.  Apparently, the “glitch” is preventing agencies from getting paid for services provided to the folks in need of treatment, this means either they have to pay out of pocket, or the agency has to either eat the cost of the services or deny services to the person.  The article explains it better, but basically it means Corbett’s expansion plan has a huge flaw in the transition and the people paying the price for it are those with mental health or addiction issues.

Glitch (video game)

Glitch (video game) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Community-Based Mental Health Providers Need More Preparation to Better Care for Veterans”

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This November 12, 2014 The Rand article found on the InsuranceNews.net website talks about the need for increased training for community based mental health providers to be able to effectively treat military personal and their families.  The article indicated that one are providers need to look at is increasing their awareness of the military culture of the soldiers and their families.

“Delaware County pilot program puts mental health decisions in patients hands”

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This November 7, 2014 NewsWorks article talks about a pilot program in Delaware County, PA that is working with people with mental illnesses using self-directed care that offers them more choices about the services they receive.  The person can say this service isn’t working for me, but I think this over here might be a better fit to meet my needs, and the money from the program is shifted to allow for the change in service.

“Young Adults with Mental Health Conditions: 7 Myths”



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This article appearing in Summer 2014 edition of SAMHSA News talks about the myths and facts of what happens when a child receiving mental health services turns 18 and is viewed by society as an adult.    This transition age is a challenging one not just for the individual, but for the parents and care takers of them who understand the realitiy of the individual’s situation and what their realistic abilities are compared to society’s expectations based on a chronological age.

“Pew grant brings cognitive remediation therapy to adults with mental illness in Bucks County”

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This June 29, 2014 article with audio segment is found on the NewsWorks website and discusses a grant recently received by a group in Bucks County that they hope will enable them to help people with mental illnesses improve their cognitive abilities.  The hope is that the program will help people with serious mental illnesses be more successful when it comes to living independently

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Bucks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Bucks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


“Abington Health to close facility, change care plan”

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This June 20, 2014 article from The Inquirer found on the Philly.com website talks about the closing of an outpatient mental health facility that is part of Abington Health.  The article says that part of the clients will be transferred to primary care physicians, while others will be left to try to find a provider on their own.  The doors will close at the facility on December 1, 2014 and a number of employees there will be losing their jobs.  The article cites financial problems as the reason for the facility needing to close.

The Philadelphia Inquirer-Daily News Building ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer-Daily News Building in Philadelphia, PA. Taken from North Broad and Callowhill Streets. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator

The Front of the SAMHSA building at 1 Choke Ch...

The Front of the SAMHSA building at 1 Choke Cherry Road in Rockville, Maryland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This resource comes from SAMHSA and is designed to help folks find behavioral health services in their area.

“Letters: We all have a stake in mental health issues”

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This February 3, 2013 letter to the editor is found on the Penn Live website.  I like that the writer points out that there has been an increased demand for mental health services while at the same time funding has decreased.

It has been my opinion and I think I can safely say there are others who share this opinion that when the need for services is increasing it is not the time to be decreasing the funding for those services.  I have felt for sometime now that the State has been slowly putting a choke hold on mental health services and saying we want you to do more, but at the same time we are going to give you less money then we did last time to do it with.  In at least the past 10 years it’s my understanding that mental health services have gotten funding cuts in every budget …. and we wonder why he mental health community isn’t able to meet the demand for services.

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