There was the time her husband directed rush-hour traffic on City Avenue; the time he was convinced he was a narcotics agent, capable of making a notorious corner drug-free, and the time he drove his car into oncoming traffic, hitting a police car.

Through these episodes, various hospitalizations and the day-to-day stress of living with a mentally ill spouse, she works as an administrative assistant at a Center City courier agency, raises their two daughters, 12 and 14, and does not think of ending her marriage.

"With me," she said, "I had eight years of a good marriage. I know what my husband was. It's kind of like 'in sickness and in health.' "

At times, her manic-depressive husband is a "wonderful, wonderful father" to the girls; other times, when he's in the midst of a psychotic episode, she has separated from him.

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“A proposal in Congress to break the Medicaid program into block grants to the states would disrupt services and treatment for thousands of Pennsylvania adults with mental illnesses and children with serious emotional problems…the Association educated state and federal lawmakers about the harm that this proposed redesign…would inflict…The Philadelphia Inquirer published an insightful analysis of the issue by Policy Director Mary Hurtig.”

“The Association is always on the lookout for new opportunities to broaden access to its wealth of information…MHASP is exploring the Internet to expand the availability of educational and technical assistance information programs, positioning the organization to be responsive to future demands.”

“The Training and Education Center (TEC) Network added new training programs for professionals and family members…TEC and the Alliance for the Mentally ill of Eastern Pennsylvania opened The Family Resource Center at Friends Hospital.”

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