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“10-bed, short-stay mental health crisis center to open in March on New Holland Avenue”

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This February 8, 2015 article on the LancasterOnline website talks about a 10 bed  short stay mental health facility opening in Lancaster.  The stay will only be up to 5 days with the goal being to help folks through a crisis before it gets out of hand without placing them in a hospital or jail both of which are pricey.

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“Psychiatric care options expand in W-B: First Hospital’s Crisis Response and Recovery Center to open this month”

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This August 7, 2013 article on the Times Leader website talks about a new mental health crisis unit opening in Wilkes-Barre

“Green Pills, Red Pills, Pink Pills and Even a Baby Blue Pill”

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This video found posted on YouTube by Recoverytidbits is a nice intro to peer specialists.

“We can’t allow continued cuts in Pa.’s mental health services”

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

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This is a letter dated March 21, 2012, written by Suzanne Vogel-Scibillia, M.D., Medical Director, Beaver County Psychiatric Services describing her take on what has happened with earlier budget cuts to mental health services and what is likely to happen if the budget cuts continue.

“Mental-health facility exceeding expectations, directors declare”

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This article dated March 18, 2012 and found on the tribdem.com website talks about how a community that had been up in arms about the proposal of a mental health facility in their neighborhood, has since decided it’s not as bad as they thought it would be.

“Federal settlement will release hundreds of institutionalized mental health patients to community-based programs”

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This article found on PennLive.com dated Sept. 2, 2011 talks about the result of a federal case which will mean the release of a number of patients from state hospitals across Pennsylvania into Community based Services.

PA Mental Health Procedures Act of 1976: FAQ

For those of us who don’t work in the mental health field, but yet meet it on many levels, it can sometimes be confusing to try to understand  the various types of admissions into a psychiatric facility.  I came across a site that offers a basic explanation of the various types of admission and thought I would pass it along here.

http://www.suicidereferencelibrary.com/test4.php?id=1725

This particular link offers a very basic description of the various commitment types, so it isn’t something that will answer every question, but it is a nice starting point.

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