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  • September 2015 — Free Executive Web Briefing Sponsored By Beating the Blues US Presented By: Samantha Matlin, Director of Evaluation and Community Impact, Scattergood Foundation and former Special Advisor to the Commissioner and Senior Director for Health Promotion, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) & Dana Careless, Manager for Health Promotion, Philadelphia DBHIDS As the health and human services industry shifts to a population
  • Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Training Applications are being accepted from August 24, 2015 until September 17, 2015. DOWNLOAD: 2015 CPS Application Please review description of training provided below: A Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is a paid staff person who is willing to self-identify as a person with a serious behavioral health disorder (mental illness or mental illness with a substance use disorder) with lived experiences. To be certified, the person must have received speci
  • Just-Released: Person First Guidelines Words are among the most powerful tools for communication that human beings have at their disposal. They can be used to heal, affirm motivate, inform, build capacity and consensus, inspire, praise, and educate. Unwittingly, and often with no intent at malice, they can be used to minimize, marginalize, pathologize, stigmatize and oppress. The fields of alcohol and other drug treatment and mental health services collectively referred to as behavio
  • The Yale School of Medicine spent four years evaluating our Porch Light program - a collaborative endeavor of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and DBHIDS that aims to catalyze positive changes in the community, improve the physical environment, create opportunities for social connectedness, develop skills to enhance resilience and recovery, promote community and social inclusion, shed light on challenges faced by those with behavioral health issues, reduce stigma, and encourage empathy. More
  • Philadelphia’s Strength-based and Community-oriented Mural about Gambling Community-wide effort to strengthen awareness of “problem gambling” – especially amongst Philadelphia’s Asian immigrant communities PHILADELPHIA, PA – Located in the heart of South Philadelphia’s Asian-American community – and only blocks away from Philadelphia’s casinos – the new mural, Fables of Fortune, is about problem gambling. Research suggests that the Asian American community is at higher ri
  • Check out the Spring 2015 issue of our Mental Health First Aid Newsletter for up-to-date information on trainings and events. Download: MHFA Newsletter Spring 2015 ________________________________________ Past Issues Download: MHFA Newsletter Winter 2014 Download: MHFA Newsletter Fall 2014
  • Service Providers: For your reference, here is the annual distribution of the DBHIDS Heat Safety Policy. The information remains the same this year. The Policy contains safety measures for the following OMH and OAS funded programs: residential programs (includes congregate, individual living arrangements and recovery houses), licensed drug and alcohol facilities, and mental health targeted case management programs. Additionally, the policy applies to certified peer specialist programs. The
  • Blue Ribbon Commission on Children: A look back and the path ahead. On Jan 8th, DBHIDS will convene a stakeholder gathering with representatives from the city's child serving community, parents and youth, focusing on the transformation of children's behavioral health services and the overall promotion of social and emotional wellbeing for children. The event will feature a look back at the 2007 Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Children’s Behavioral Health to review the progress made and
  • Available from November 1 through June 30 =Respite care is short term care that allows parents/guardians of children (ages 6 to 15) with a behavioral health diagnosis to take a break from the daily routine and stress of caregiving [av_button label='More Information' link='page,323' link_target='' color='custom' custom_bg='#f2cf69' custom_font='#000000' size='large' position='center' icon_select='no' icon='ue800' font='entypo-fontello']
  • Dr. Evans testifies before a congressional hearing regarding the nation's mental health system.
  • Below are the scheduled dates for the DBH Executive Directors meeting for 2014-15. Location:  CBH 801 Market Street 11th floor, conference room 1154-A (Please note that the conference room is on the 11th floor as opposed to the 7th floor). Dates: October 1, 2014  December 3, 2014 February 4, 2015 April 1, 2015 June 3, 2015 Hours: 9:30am - 11:00am Thank you !


Children’s Lunch and Learn

Promoting Sleep Health in Behavioral Health Treatment

December 02, 2015 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Community Behavioral Health

This month's Lunch and Learn will focus on the connection between sleep and mental health

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First Friday Series: Introducing PAAMS

December 04, 2015 12:00 PM - 03:00 AM

The Philadelphia Recovery Community Center

This fun and entertaining session, which we call: PAAMS, which stands for: “Poets, Authors, Artists, Musicians and Singers”, and other talent.

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Research Grand Rounds

Behavioral Health services for persons in the Philadelphia Jails

November 19, 2015 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM

Community Behavioral Health

DBHIDS’s Nov 19 RGR focuses on usage of Behavioral Health services for persons in the Philadelphia Jails.

Behavioral Health Care for People Entering Jail

  • Christina Kang-Yi PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Trevor Hadley PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

To register, click here.

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Beating the Blues for Your Organization

An overview of the Beating the Blues program.

November 23, 2015 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Community Behavioral Health

Join the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services and Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania in an overview of Beating the Blues.

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A Partnership in making a real difference to the lives of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable citizens.

To learn more about Grant Opportunities click here

Notice of Breach of Health Information at DBHIDS

On July 8, 2015, DBHIDS learned of a breach of health information affecting some individuals who received services from Citywide Counseling Services between August 1, 2014 and January 1, 2015.

On September 3, 2015, letters explaining the incident were mailed to the clients affected by the breach. If you did not receive a letter but believe you received services from Citywide Counseling Services during this period, you can find more information by clicking on the link below.

DBHIDS September 3, 2015 Breach Notification Letter

Notice of Breach of Health Information at Community Behavioral Health (CBH)

On June 13, 2015, CBH learned of a breach of health information affecting some individuals who received Community Umbrella Agency (CUA) services from Wordsworth, Asociación Puertorriqueños En Marcha (APM), and Tabor Northern providers between January 1, 2015 and June 20, 2015.
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