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A Decade of Peer Culture, Support and Leadership: Igniting Behavioral Health Transformation in Philadelphia

February 10, 2017

DBHIDS Commissioner Dr. Arthur C. Evans is pleased to announce the completion and distribution of the report, A Decade of Peer Culture, Support and Leadership: Igniting Behavioral Health Transformation in Philadelphia. The report is the culmination of a rigorous effort conducted during 2014-16 by the Department’s Strategic Planning Division under the direction of Dr. Marquita Williams, […]

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Peer Support Toolkit Released, to Guide Future Expansion

January 31, 2017

DBHIDS’ Peer Culture and Community Inclusion Unit (PCCIU) is pleased to release The Peer Support Toolkit. The target audiences for this toolkit are administrators, directors, and supervisors of treatment organizations who have recently hired (or plan to hire) peers into new support roles with the agency. Others, including peer support staff, will also find this toolkit […]

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Certified Peer Specialist Training Applications Period Closed

January 4, 2017

The open application for the March 2017 CPS Training has ended. Please check the website in April 2017 for information about the June 2017 CPS Training open application period. For questions, please send an email to DBHIDS.PeerCulture@phila.gov.

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Department Hosts Another Successful Cook-Off

December 7, 2016

The second annual DBHIDS Cook-Off was a great success, raising $633.84 for the Combined Campaign! Thanks to all who came to sample the delicious offerings Nov. 30 and voted with their dollars. This year’s cooks again put together some amazing offerings, for a great cause, and thanks also to the team at CBH and everyone […]

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Mayor Addresses Opioid Crisis in Philadelphia

November 23, 2016

On Nov. 22, Mayor Jim Kenney announced the formation of a Task Force to combat the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia. The epidemic of abuse, addiction and overdose from opioids is a national crisis that now claims the lives of more than 28,000 Americans each year. Philadelphia is projected to have 840 drug overdose deaths in 2016, […]

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Philadelphia Provides Resources to Manage Post-Election Stress

November 9, 2016

According to the American Physiological Association 2016 Presidential Election Source of Significant Stress for More Than Half of Americans PHILADELPHIA, PA –  According to the American Psychological Association, 52 percent of American adults report that the 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. The survey was conducted online among adults 18+ […]

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Post-Election Statement on Behalf of DBHIDS Commissioner

November 9, 2016

“If you are having a stressful reaction to the election, it’s important to keep a balanced perspective and help yourself or those around you to cope with post-election stress,” said Dr. Arthur Evans, Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. “We have developed a number of strategies and resources to help […]

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DBHIDS Selected to Host Community Solutions Fellow

September 13, 2016

Tierra Pritchett and Carly Banes are pleased to announce that DBHIDS has been selected to host Elizabeth Samba, a fellow from Papua New Guinea, participating in a Community Solutions Fellowship from August through December 2016. Elizabeth is a transgender woman that goes by the preferred pronouns she/they. In Papua New Guinea, Elizabeth has worked in […]

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Hundreds Gather for iNAPS Conference

September 13, 2016

DBHIDS collaborated with the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) to bring the 10th annual National Peer Support Conference to Philadelphia. Over 500 people attended the conference Aug. 26-28, making it their largest to date. DBHIDS Commissioner Dr. Arthur Evans welcomed people to the conference via video, as he was out of the country. Visitors […]

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Taking Mental Health to the Streets

Mental Health Commission of New South Wales   -   September 1, 2016

A new approach that has taken mental health out of the clinic and onto the streets will be showcased by the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, Aug. 31. In a guest lecture, the innovator, clinical psychologist and commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), Dr. Arthur C. […]

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