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Centre County Police Mental Health Reform

In Centre County, a long awaited report is nearing completion on the county’s mental health services.

It comes in the wake of last year’s deadly police involved shooting of a man struggling with mental health issues. Gary Sinderson has a details.

Nearly a year and a half after being shot to death by State College Police officer, Osaze Osagie’s name still reverberates in the community, not just in the protests
but also ongoing discussions of mental health services.

A 30 member task force has been meeting for over a year. Recently paused due to the pandemic, tackling what has been termed a challenging assignment.

In assessing what is available for mental health assistance and programs. A tentative final report expected in about a month.

“That, we would like to take to again a public meeting, an opportunity for public response around those draft recommendations. Here is our best thinking at this
point, this is why we think that. And, this is how we would propose going forward.”

That’s the task force chairwoman providing an update this week, she termed to be careful what you ask for situation because it puts together a lot of information.

“Because of the breath of perspective and expertise, at each turn, there has been a way forward.”

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