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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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Seven Department Employees Earn Degrees

August 23, 2016

At a ceremony July 27, seven DBHIDS employees were honored for earning degrees. The honorees were Tonya Harris, Michael Little, Joann Mills, Joseph Treegoob, Lora Bynum, Shani Jackson, and Andrew Best. They were joined by Commissioner Evans to celebrate their wonderful achievements.

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Health Officials Warn About Sharp Increases in Drug Overdoses Involving Fentanyl

August 19, 2016

Philadelphia, PA – Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, Behavioral Health Commissioner Dr. Arthur Evans and Deputy Fire Commissioner for Emergency Medical Services Jeremiah Laster today warned about sharp increases in fatal overdoses involving the opioid drug fentanyl.  The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) and Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) also […]

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Press Conference on Fentanyl Epidemic

August 18, 2016

Tomorrow, the City of Philadelphia will hold a press conference to address a sharp increase in fatal overdoses due to the prescription pain medication fentanyl. Fentanyl is frequently used illegally to cut heroin resulting in a stronger, more dangerous dose of the drug. The press conference will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, […]

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DBHIDS Selected to Host Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders   -   August 17, 2016

Tierra Pritchett is pleased to announce that DBHIDS has been selected to host Abigail Kudzanayi Nedziwe, a fellow from Zambia participating in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, in August and September 2016. The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through […]

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Like-Minded Leaders Unite at DNC for Rally to Transform America’s Approach to Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

July 22, 2016

The nation’s leading mental health and addiction organizations and policymakers come together to present actionable solutions WHAT: It’s 2016 in America. One in four Americans are affected by a mental health condition. Suicide rates are at an all-time high. Someone dies of an opioid overdose every 19 minutes, and drug overdoses have replaced car accidents as […]

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Opportunity: Become a Champion in Action!

July 12, 2016

Call for applications for the 2017 Champions in Action in the Addiction Prevention & Treatment Services category. To address the growing needs, Citizens Bank has partnered with NBC 10/Telemundo 62 for its Champions in Action program — a unique initiative designed to provide significant financial, promotional, and volunteer support for non-profit organizations that address the […]

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Penn Study Finds Drawbacks to Cost-Saving Measures in Public Mental Health Clinics

Philly Voice   -   June 9, 2016

We would like to call your attention to recent research on the impact of staffing models on the delivery of behavioral health services. The study, conducted by partners at the University of Pennsylvania, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, is one of the first to investigate the relation between independent contractor employment status […]

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New Homeless Outreach Strategy to Be Discussed at Press Conference

May 13, 2016

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has announced plans to discuss a new homeless outreach strategy in Center City with the leaders of the Office of Supportive Housing and DBHIDS. WHO Mayor Jim Kenney Liz Hersh, Director of the Office of Supportive Housing Dr. Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Commissioner, DBHIDS Stephanie B. Thomas, Project Manager, The Food and […]

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Nominations Sought for Points of Transformation Awards

May 13, 2016

Nominations are now being accepted for the 16th annual Points of Transformation Awards to be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. We welcome nominations of those direct service professionals who have committed their careers to supporting people with intellectual disabilities and exemplify the Philadelphia Intellectual disAbility Services motto, “It’s all about community!” Consider the people […]

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