DBHIDS in the News

Fixing Philly – Caring for Those Leaving ‘El Campamento’

Metro   -   July 31, 2017

Today, Monday, July 31, the city and Conrail, will begin clearing out a Kensington site known as “El Campamento,” a camp that leads to a half-mile area along the railroad tracks that have long been a haven for heroin users looking to shoot up and hide from police. As detailed recently in Time magazine, the area […]

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As Heroin Deaths Mount, Philly Gets New Leader in the Fight

Philly.com   -   July 24, 2017

by Claudia Vargas, Staff Writer With Philadelphia confronting an unprecedented opioid crisis, Mayor Kenney has confirmed a new leader for the department charged with leading the fight. David T. Jones, who has been acting commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) since January, may now remove the “acting” from before the title. […]

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Philly Gets First New Behavioral Health Commissioner in 12 Years

CBS Philadelphia   -   July 21, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health has its first new Commissioner in 12 years. City officials didn’t have to look far to find him, but they did anyway. Long-time commissioner Arthur Evans left in February to become head of the American Psychological Association and the city spent nearly six months conducting a […]

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Despite Challenges Ahead, Philadelphia’s New Head of Behavioral Health Optimistic

Newsworks   -   July 21, 2017

After a five-month search, the city of Philadelphia has picked David Jones to lead its Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. Jones served as deputy commissioner for four years under Arthur Evans — who left the department in February to lead the American Psychological Association. In his new role, Jones will face some […]

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Preventing Suicide: Breaking the Silence Digital Documentary

NBC 10 Philadelphia   -   June 7, 2017

ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY Suicide is considered a whispered word. But those who have attempted it — and their friends and relatives — are sharing their stories to heal and help others in crisis. Watch our full-length special report. This digital documentary is one of many video, written and interactive pieces that we have put together […]

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RHD Hosts Mayor’s Task Force to Combat Opioid Epidemic

Resources for Human Development   -   January 25, 2017

RHD hosted the Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic for a community listening session. Concerned citizens joined us to help create a plan to address the heroin and opioid epidemic in Philadelphia. RHD has been a leader in fighting opioid addiction since 1972, and specializes in creating and providing trauma-informed, person-centered services that […]

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Arthur C. Evans Jr. Named CEO of American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association   -   January 18, 2017

Former Philadelphia commissioner brings vision to move APA forward WASHINGTON — Psychologist Arthur C. Evans Jr., PhD, has been named chief executive officer of the American Psychological Association, the APA Board of Directors announced today. Evans assumes the post effective March 20. “Dr. Evans will take the helm of the American Psychological Association at a […]

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Events Probe King’s Meaning

Philadelphia Public Record   -   January 13, 2017

by Denise Clay The City of Philadelphia is home to one of the largest Day of Service projects dedicated to the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But when you’re done painting, building playgrounds, registering people to vote, feeding families in need or reading to children, there are other activities designed to […]

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Philadelphia Leaders, Pedro Ramos and Dr. Arthur C. Evans to Receive Drum Major Honors During Annual Dr. King Awards and Benefit Luncheon

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun   -   January 13, 2017

The Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc. (King Association) is proud to announce that The Philadelphia Foundation, where Pedro Ramos is President and CEO, and Dr. Arthur C. Evans, Commissioner for the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) will be among the 2017 Drum Major Honorees for the association’s […]

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DN Editorial: Welcome Steps Toward Ending Opioid Crisis in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Daily News   -   January 12, 2017 - Opioid Task Force

IT’S TEMPTING to cite that overused term “perfect storm” in describing the crisis of opioid addiction, which in Philadelphia alone took the lives of about 900 people in 2016. Maybe a more accurate term would be “perfect tsunami.” This tsunami, though, is caused not by a single underwater earthquake or explosion, but a complex interaction […]

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