David DeMatteo Testifies at Special Hearing on Mental Health Issues and the Criminal Justice System
May 10, 2013 — On May 9th, Dave DeMatteo testified before the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee in Harrisburg in a special hearing on mental health issues and the criminal justice system. The hearing was called by Rep. Tom Caltagirone (D-Berks), the democratic Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Dave testified before the committee in his role as a Senior Consultant for the Pennsylvania Mental Health and Justice Center of Excellence, which is a collaborative effort between Drexel University (PI: Kirk Heilbrun) and the University of Pittsburgh. The Center was established in 2009 with joint funding from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services with the goal of reducing the number of justice-involved individuals with mental illness by promoting public safety, fiscal responsibility, and effective interventions throughout Pennsylvania.