People With Serious Mental Illnesses In PA Face Long Wait For Treatment


TRANSFORMING HEALTH —  Twenty-four-year-old Samantha Valley is a familiar face to staff at Dauphin County’s Case Management Unit, where she meets regularly with her caseworker.

Samantha Valley, left, stands for a portrait with her case manager Erin Goodyear. (Brett Sholtis/Transforming Health)

Valley’s birth mother lost custody of her, and Valley spent her preschool years in foster care. She was adopted at age seven, and when she turned 18, her adoptive parents placed her in community residential rehabilitation–housing and mental health care provided by private companies and nonprofits but funded through the state’s mental health budget.

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