Forthcoming legislation would require students to receive mental health checkups

Forthcoming legislation would require students to receive mental health checkups

Legislation forthcoming from Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) would require students to receive a brain health or mental health checkup by the time they enter their early teenage years that will, at a minimum, screen for depression.

Thursday, November 2, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Rep. Miller hopes his bill could reduce number of teenage suicides

Rep. Miller hopes his bill could reduce number of teenage suicides

Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) recently introduced House Bill 2057 which would require a mental health checkup for students at the age of 14.

Parents have the choice to opt out of having their child go to the checkup, but Rep. Miller believes it could help catch depression and other mental health issues before it is to late. 

Rep. Miller sat down with The PLS Reporter and discussed his thoughts on the newly introduced bill. With suicide being the second leading cause of death for teenagers, Rep. Miller felt like something is needed to be done to prevent that. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016/Author: Kara Barmoy
Categories: Video
Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 3

Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 3

The PLS Reporter Goes Inside SCI-Camp Hill's Mental Health Units

In the final installment of our three-part series on the mental health units of SCI-Camp Hill, The PLS Reporter goes inside the prison's Special Observation Unit, which is responsible for the monitoring, diagnosing, and treating of inmates coming through Camp Hill for classification that have serious mental health needs.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 2

Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 2

The PLS Reporter Goes Inside SCI-Camp Hill's Mental Health Units

Step inside O-Block and it is everything and nothing an outsider might expect this residential treatment unit to look like.

While at once hot and damp, the walls are covered with beautiful murals and inspirational quotes, the result of a new undertaking at Camp Hill’s mental health units to promote a positive atmosphere.

All of those on O-Block are part of the 1,500 inmates permanently assigned to SCI-Camp Hill. The unit is used exclusively to house seriously mentally ill offenders.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 1

Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 1

The PLS Reporter Goes Inside SCI-Camp Hill's Mental Health Units

The PLS Reporter recently took a tour inside SCI-Camp Hill's mental health units and, over the next week, will present a three part series detailing what it's like at the prison and what these facilities do to help mentally ill offenders.

In this first part, we go through R-Block, the reception unit of SCI-Camp Hill, where new offenders starting their journey through the state corrections process go through to be evaluated and tested.

Monday, April 20, 2015/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
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