Finally, PA Post reporter Emily Previti explains why she’s been closely watching two court battles over voting machines—and why the machines in three counties are in legal limbo just a few months before the presidential primary.
A recent report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General found that Pennsylvania failed to properly monitor companies that work with people with intellectual disabilities. The Inspector General said critical incidents were not reported as required. Critical incidents involve things like abuse, neglect, an emergency room visit or the death of a person with an intellectual disability who receives Medicaid benefits.
In 2015 and 2016, two people died and the deaths weren’t reported. As a result, the state couldn’t follow up and law enforcement couldn’t investigate.
Citing a study that found that one million adult Pennsylvanians struggled with serious psychological distress at least once in 2015, the Wolf Administration has launched a new mental health initiative that includes more resources and public outreach.
Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters is a multi-agency effort that aims to strengthen mental health care access, prepare state agencies and workers to help and reach out, increase the support and resources for children and young adults, and combat mental health stigmas.
The program is somewhat modeled after the state’s efforts to help those impacted by the opioid crisis.
Appearing on Smart Talk to discuss the initiative are Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller, Democratic State Representative Michael Schlossberg of Lehigh County, Dan Jurman, Executive Director of Office of Advocacy and Reform, and Govan Martin, Executive Director of Prevent Suicide PA.
For more on information on mental health, plus a deeper look at the changing tide of healthcare–check out WITF’s Transforming Health, a partnership of WITF, WellSpan Health and Capital Blue Cross.
Bloodhounds are recognized for their long, wrinkled faces and distinctive bark. But they are most prized for their ability to find what, or who, is lost.
Bloodhounds are considered one of the canine kingdoms most tenacious and gifted scent-finders. Summit Search and Rescue employs the breed to help track and locate missing people. The group is called by area law enforcement to help track missing children, hikers and even Alzheimer patients.
The Search and Rescue organization has realized that detective canines are also great therapy dogs, with special skill in putting kids at ease.
Artist Sonya Clark‘s work is now featured at the Phillips Museum of Art in a newly installed exhibit called, “Sonya Clark: Finding Freedom.” The exhibit features a large-scale fabric installation, and Clark’s work interweaves history, craft, and race to create mixed-media pieces that “celebrate blackness and address racial stereotypes and tensions.”
For most people who don’t come into contact with the Amish community on a regular basis, the Amish are a curiosity. To them, the Amish appear to live an idyllic existence marked by peace, their faith and rejection of modern transportation and energy. The neighbors of the Amish in Lancaster County and other places in Pennsylvania would add hardworking to their descriptions of the Amish, as well, and many are protective of the Amish community.
In an article that is published this month in Cosmopolitan Magazine, McClure writes that she identified 52 official cases of Amish girls and boys being sexually assaulted in seven states over the past two decades. The article also says that most often the sexual assaults are not reported to police, are kept quiet within the Amish community and that many times, the Amish side with the abuser rather than the victim of the assaults.
Professor Emeritus Donald Kraybill, Ph.D., and Prof. Steven Nolt, Ph.D., appear on Smart Talk on January 23, 2020.
Pennsylvania has been at the forefront of criminal justice reform over much of the past decade. Efforts have been made to being “smarter” on crime and punishment. That includes making sentences for those of convicted of breaking the law more in line with the seriousness of the offense, taking into account whether a crime was violent or not, helping non-violent offenders to assimilate back into society and getting away from mandatory sentencing laws.
Proposals are still being considered to reform probation rules. The number of people on probation in Pennsylvania ranks number five in the nation.
Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel appears on Wednesday’s Smart Talk to discuss the crime and incarcerations rates, along with other issues.
The Phase One trade deal means an expansion of the United States’ agriculture and seafood exports, as well as China’s commitment to make substantial additional purchases from the U.S. over the next few years. However, American manufacturers, farmers, and consumers are still recovering from the impact of the tariffs imposed on them by China.
Monday is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when the life of America’s most influential and cherished civil rights leader is honored.
Dr. King’s dream of a nation where blacks and whites lived, worked and played together in harmony has never been fully realized. Racism is still alive and well in this country – maybe not in the same form as when King was campaigning for equal rights and justice, but minorities and white Americans often don’t look at things the same way. In fact, racism itself is one of the most difficult topics to discuss in this country.
Also on Monday’s Smart Talk is a discussion of local African-American history — Harrisburg’s “Old Eighth Ward” was the center of the African-American community at the turn of the 20th Century. By mid-century it had shifted north in the city influenced by the expansion of the Capitol Complex.
Kristian Carter, 24, is researching the history of Harrisburg’s mid-20th-century African American business community, the remnants of which, the “Old Jackson House” and the Curtis Funeral Home, are well-known landmarks, long vacant, and now undergoing renovation, under the new brand “Jackson Square.”