Recent News & Events

  • WHP 580 am Radio Interviews Karen Sandnes LCSW, Manager Social Services at PPI

    Experiencing a trauma at sometime in a persons’ life can change or affect the way they act years later.  Whether its an event, violence, automobile accident or exposure to abuse, a persons’  thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be impacted later on in life and filtered through this perspective.
    Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. Karen Sandnes, Manager of Social Services at PPI will join us to talk about childhood trauma and how it can affect people as they grow older.

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  • WHP 580 am Radio Interviews Dr. M Ahmad Hameed, Medical Director Outpatient Services at PPI

    How to obtain Partial Hospitalization Services for Adults

    The Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) at PPI is designed to help individuals cope with day to day circumstances that make an impact on their lives, improve their ability to function and improve their quality of life. This program is a step-down transition from inpatient
    care or an ideal step-up from outpatient services.  If you know someone who is experiencing emotional, social or behavioral difficulties, this is where you can find help. 

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  • Troubled kids learn to cope and manage stress!

    An interview with Jose L. Montaner MD. Child and adolescent psychiatrist and medical director of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, Third Street Clinic.

    Sometimes on his commute home from work, Dr. Jose Montaner can’t get the kids off his mind.
    “I think about them, of course. What have I missed? What more information do I need?” said Montaner, who is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and medical director of the Third Street Clinic of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in Harrisburg. “I am an eternal optimist. There’s always hope; there’s always a better way, a positive side to things.”
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  • Mental health care: How do you begin helping a loved one with severe mental illness?

    An Interview with Dr. Alan J. Gelenberg M.D., Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

    You’ve been worried about a loved one, or maybe yourself, for a little while.

    He or she is acting out of character. They’re not sleeping, or they are sleeping all the time. They’re erratic. Maybe they’re volatile at times in a way they never were before. They’re not quite making sense. They’re in their late teens or early 20s.

    The family has talked, and you’re afraid he or she could be in the early stages of severe mental illness. With help, they can be treated, and hopefully recover.

    Where do you begin to help? We asked Dr. Alan J. Gelenberg, the Chair of Psychiatry at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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  • Smart Talk Radio Interview with Dr Linda Durst

    Smart Talk Radio Interview with Dr Linda Durst, together with Commissioner Hartwick, and Dauphin County Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities program administrator Dan Eisenhauer.

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  • Dr. Jose Montaner and Ruth Moore Discuss PPI’s Hispanic Clinic on WHP Talk Radio

    If you or someone you care about is suffering from a mental illness, these caring professionals can help.  PPI is a collaborative between Pinnacle Health and Penn State Milton Hershey Medical Center, offering trusted experience and compassionate care…. both inpatient and outpaitient services.

    Ruth Moore and Dr. Jose Montaner will tell us more about the fine work and services offered there along with what they are doing to help those in the Hispanic community who are suffering from mental health problems.

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  • Electroconvulsive Therapy Transforms Lives

    Electroconvulsive Therapy Transforms Lives

    Against a backdrop of childhood abuse, Wanda Rupp built a happy life — with the love of a husband, her two children and a satisfying career — until one day darkness came over her and brought everything to a halt.

    “I didn’t feel like doing anything. I just wanted to fall into bed and not get up,” said the Middle Paxton Twp. woman, recalling the nervous breakdown she suffered at age 48. “I was lucky my husband stuck by me. I didn’t want to see anyone. I began losing weight. I was depressed all the time.”

    Rupp went to a psychiatrist who diagnosed her depression and put her on one and eventually a series of anti-depressants, none of which worked.

    “My husband would go to work and I would be outside on the lawn, wandering. The medications put me out in an atmosphere where I was nowhere,” she said. Eventually, she ended up hospitalized because she was suicidal.

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  • Attachment Parenting

    Fox 43 News recently posted a video about Attachment Parenting. Click here to view the video »

  • Mental Health Minute - Video