Brett Sholtis, Reporter / Transforming Health

Brett Sholtis is WITF’s Transforming Health reporter, covering health policy and community health issues that affect Pennsylvanians. Brett strives to share personal stories that have a tie to broad issues and emerging trends. He seeks to give voice to diverse viewpoints, including those of people living with mental illness, disability and those living in poverty. He plays a key role in WITF’s mental health series, Through the Cracks, which reports on problem areas in mental health services and efforts to reduce stigma around those living with behavioral disorders. Previously, Brett was a business reporter at the York Daily Record, where his work included award-winning examinations of the nuclear power industry and food safety. He is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard veteran.

Latest by Brett Sholtis

Wolf vetoes bill to halt closure of White Haven, Polk state centers

The state centers are set to close within three years and move about 300 people with intellectual disabilities into community based care.
By Brett Sholtis

Swatara Township blocks effort to build four warehouses near residential area

The township's unanimous vote to deny a zoning permit to the developer comes after months of opposition from residents.
By Brett Sholtis

Following firefighter’s death, a push to address trauma among first responders

Firefighters and police are five times more likely than the overall population to develop PTSD and depression, yet only about 4 percent of departments have suicide prevention programs.

By Brett Sholtis

Wolf administration proposes increase for health and human services funding

Republicans say that increase is too much at a time when spending already is too high.

By Brett Sholtis

With UPMC Sunbury closure, emergency care is a longer ambulance ride away

UPMC bought the hospital in 2017 and abruptly closed the ER Jan. 31.
By Brett Sholtis

This mental health law passed with broad support. Why aren’t counties using it?

One county mental health administrator said the way the law was written makes it 'impossible' for counties to take advantage of it.
By Brett Sholtis

Deaths of people with intellectual disabilities in Pa. went unreported, says federal regulator

Thousands of unreported “critical incidents,” including two deaths and cases of abuse and neglect, were found in an audit of medical claims.

By Brett Sholtis

Eight people from Harrisburg charged with federal drug, gun crimes described in YouTube videos

The 35 federal charges are related to conspiracy to deliver cocaine, crack, heroin and fentanyl and “numerous other gun and drug charges,” Freed said.

By Brett Sholtis

Swatara Township to decide on plan to build four warehouses

People who live near a patch of woods where a developer wants to build four warehouses made their voices heard on the final night of public comments Tuesday.

By Brett Sholtis

One year in, crisis center to stop school violence in Pa. has fielded more than 40,000 tips

The partnership between Sandy Hook Promise and the state Attorney General's office aims to prevent mass shootings and help children dealing with problems.
By Brett Sholtis