House Democratic Policy Committee to hold hearing on Police Approach to Mental Health Calls Thursday in Capitol

HARRISBURG, Aug. 10 – State Rep. Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster, announced today that the House Democratic Policy Committee will hold a public hearing on how police approach mental health calls.

The hearing will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 in Room G-50 Irvis Office Building in Harrisburg. The media and public are urged to watch the livestream at www.pahouse.com/live.

Requested by state Rep. Jennifer O’Mara, D-Delaware, the hearing will feature testimony from Delaware County officials and mental health experts. Testifiers and members will participate in person and remotely.

Testifiers will include: 

  • Jack Stollsteimer, Delaware County district attorney.
  • Tim Boyce, director, Delaware County Department of Emergency Services.
  • Tim Comly, lead mobile crisis specialist, Delaware County Crisis Connects Team.
  • Cori Seilhamer, mental health program specialist and certified CIT coordinator, Franklin/Fulton County Office of Mental Health/Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities/Early Intervention.
  • Christine Michaels, CEO, National Alliance on Mental Illness Keystone PA.
  • Elizabeth Sinclair Hancq, director of research, Treatment Advocacy Center.

Following the hearing, testimonies and full hearing video will be posted at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.

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