Human Services Committee to Host Hearing on Involuntary Mental Health Commitments

The House Human Services Committee, led by Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks), will hold a public hearing on the issue of involuntary mental health commitments and the procedures for doing so.

WHO: DiGirolamo and members of the committee. Those expected to offer testimony will be Deputy Secretary Dennis Marion, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Department of Public Welfare; Lloyd G. Wertz, vice president, Policy and Program Development, Family Training and Advocacy Center; Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County; Jakob Bowling, Mental Health Association of Southeast Pennsylvania; a representative from Western Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute; Carol Horowitz, Disability Rights Network; Alyssa Goodin; Christopher Wysocki, Juniata Valley Behavioral Health and Developmental Services; Edward Michalik, Berks County Mental Health/ Developmental Disabilities Program; and Rebecca May Cole, Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition.

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m.

WHERE: 60 East Wing, Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.

LIVE WEBSTREAMING: The hearing will be streamed live at

Media contact: Jennifer Keaton, 717.705.2094,