DBHIDS Heat Safety Policy

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 safety measures entail training, monitoring, and mechanical cooling requirements. Training at provider agencies should be completed by April 15 and copies of sign-in sheets received at Office of Mental Health to the attention of the Director of Mental Health Services by May 1.

Although the Policy applies directly to the types of programs identified above, all DBHIDS funded programs would benefit from implementation of the safety measures; we ask that you share the information with all of your programs.

Thank you for your assistance with this life-saving policy.

PDF: Heat Safety Bulletin 2015

PDF: Heat tips Ad_1

PDF: May ’02–Health Matters (Front) 2004 OMH Update

PDF: May -02–Health Matters (Back)

Transformation Decade

This year marks DBHIDS’ 10th year anniversary of our system transformation efforts. We’re calling it the Transformation Decade.

Philadelphia has a long history of innovation in the behavioral health field, and over the last ten years DBHIDS has been at the forefront of the shifting landscape in how people receive effective services.  To celebrate the many accomplishments, the many people and organizations that were (and continue to be) involved and plan for the next ten years, DBHIDS will be hosting a 10-month long celebration.

Children’s Behavioral Health Stakeholders Gathering, Jan 8, 2015

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 discuss the path that lies ahead.

For your reference, here are links to the 2007 BRC report and executive summary:

Blue Ribbon Commission Full Report

BRC Report Executive Summary

For more information, please contact Program Manager Valarie Oulds: Valarie.Oulds@phila.gov

Respite: Need a break?


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

Executive Director Meeting Schedule 2014 – 2015

Below are the scheduled dates for the DBH Executive Directors meeting for 2014-15.


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).


  • October 1, 2014
  •  December 3, 2014
  • February 4, 2015
  • April 1, 2015
  • June 3, 2015


9:30am – 11:00am

Thank you !