People First 2014 Spring

CHIPP Helps People Leave Institutions and Live Real Lives in the Community--By Elisa Ludwig
  • The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) statewide Community/Hospital Integration Projects Program (CHIPP), established in 1991, helps people move out of the state hospital system and reintegrate in the community. Now, recently released guidelines are making the program even more effective.

State Hospitals Reduce Use of Seclusion and Restraint--By Elisa Ludwig

  • The use of mechanical restraints and seclusion has been associated with abuse, trauma, injury and death. In Pennsylvania, thanks to the Alternatives to Coercive Techniques (ACT) Initiative, seclusion and restraint (S/R) practices have been dramatically reduced.

How Five Liberations Transformed My Life--By Berta Britz, MSW

  • The author writes: "My accomplishments have been punctuated by years of hospitalization and disability. Mere existence was often a challenge; however, I have now moved from surviving to thriving." To find out how, read the story. 


People First 2014 Spring