Pa. DOC names new mental health advocate for offenders

Will be headed up by Lynn Patrone, the former executive assistant to the deputy secretary at the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services.


By C1 Staff

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania Department of Correction’s newly created Office of Mental Health Advocate will be headed up by Lynn Patrone, the former executive assistant to the deputy secretary at the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services.

PennLive reports that Patrone’s appointment will complement the already-existing checks and balances used in the DOC’s mental health system.

“Lynn has a strong history of advocacy in this area,” DOC Acting Secretary John Wetzel said in a prepared release. “She also is a peer support specialist supervisor, is trained [in] suicide prevention and soon will be certified as a mental health first aid instructor.”

Patron has master’s degrees in health education from both York College and Penn State University. 

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