Mental Health Awareness

Franklin County officials recently spoke to the House Democratic Policy Committee to discuss the county’s Mental Health Co-Responder program and its Crisis Intervention Team. 

Recently, Pennsylvania lawmakers held a hearing on how police handle mental health calls. Cori Seilhamer, Franklin County’s Mental Health Program Specialist and Certified CIT Coordinator, offered testimony regarding the county programs.

On Aug. 13, 2020, Seilhamer addressed the House Democratic Policy Committee, discussing the success of the Franklin County Mental Health Co-Responder program. Since the program’s inception in April of 2017, close to 900 individuals have been diverted from the criminal justice system. Of those individuals, 90 percent have had no further interaction with police.

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