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Brett Sholtis, Reporter

Brett Sholtis is a health reporter for WITF/Transforming Health. Sholtis is the 2021-2022 Reveal Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grantee for Mental Health Investigative Journalism with the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism. His award-winning work on problem areas in mental health policy and policing helped to get a woman moved from a county jail to a psychiatric facility. Sholtis is a University of Pittsburgh graduate and a Pennsylvania Army National Guard Kosovo campaign veteran.

Latest by Brett Sholtis

York County sees rise in infant deaths

In every case this year, parents were not following guidelines.

By Brett Sholtis

Pregnant and on heroin when a nurse changed her life, she worries others won’t get help

With a budget in question, a program pairing pregnant women with nurses could lose funding.

By Brett Sholtis

Shippensburg man who fought police on Jan. 6, planned to storm Capitol, pleads guilty

Charles Smith said militias would be on hand and with enough people they could “storm the buildings and take out the trash right there.”

By Brett Sholtis

Pennsylvania mental health advocates hopeful for funding increase

Funding for county programs has been flat since 2007, while costs and demand have gone up.
By Brett Sholtis

A new Pa. bill would make it easier for doctors to get insurance approval to treat patients

The proposal would require insurers to provide doctors with more information upfront.

By Brett Sholtis

Dauphin County jail cells were ‘ice cold’ days before a prisoner died

Prisoner advocates say Dauphin County Prison’s heating and cooling system has been a problem for years.

By Brett Sholtis

Health care worker shortage, behavioral health resources top concerns for hospital execs in Pa.

Shortages of nurses, doctors and other qualified workers was a challenge before the coronavirus strained hospitals, however, the virus accelerated the need for action, as burned-out nurses fled intensive care units flooded with COVID-19 patients. 

By Brett Sholtis

As 988 hotline goes live in Pennsylvania, crisis centers need workers

Pennsylvania crisis intervention centers are facing a staffing shortage at a time when demand is expected to increase.

By Brett Sholtis

Bucks County, prison guards sued for pepper spraying, restraining woman with mental illness

A Yardley couple is suing Bucks County and 10 county jail employees over what they allege were civil rights violations against their daughter, 29-year-old Kim Stringer.  

By Brett Sholtis

Avian flu spreads to more Lancaster County poultry farms

Chickens at two more farms in Lancaster County have tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza,

By Brett Sholtis