Today, Department of Corrections Acting Secretary John Wetzel, today, announced the appointment of Lynn Patrone as the head of the DOC’s newly-created Office of Mental Health Advocate.
“We have made and continue to make significant improvements to our mental health services, and Lynn’s appointment as our mental health advocate ensures that offenders are getting the treatment they should receive while in prison,” Acting Secretary Wetzel said. “Working independently from the DOC’s Psychology Office, Lynn will ensure that offenders are connected with benefits upon their release from prison.”
Lynn Patrone recently left her job at the Office of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (OHMSAS), where she worked as Executive Assistant to the Deputy Secretary.
Patrone, who is an alum of both York College and Penn State University was also Program Director for the PA Behavioral Health & Aging Coalition.
“Lynn has a strong history of advocacy in this area,” Wetzel stated. “She also is a peer support specialist supervisor, is trained and in suicide prevention, and soon will be certified as a mental health first aid instructor. I can’t think of a more-qualified individual to work closely with our Office of Psychology to ensure offenders with mental illness receive the treatment and benefits they deserve.”