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Collaboration Can Lead to Change

By David T. Jones
Commissioner,
DBHIDS

What’s happening along Gurney Street is something to be celebrated.

In just over two weeks since the clean-up project began along a stretch of land owned by Conrail in the Kensington-Fairhill community, more than 250 tons of waste and debris have been removed and fencing is going up to prevent people from becoming injured on or near the railroad tracks.  In addition, the fencing serves as a barrier to prevent gathering in the area where folks had engaged in dangerous and unhealthy behavior.  In this instance the “C “word, collaboration between City agencies and private partners, has made the difference — the once blighted landscape is no more.

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Porch Light Program Launches New Kensington Site

Ribbon cutting at Porch Light Project Kensington KickoffIt was an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship as we cut the ribbon to our Kensington Storefront site, a new hub where people throughout Kensington can gather to learn about behavioral health resources, participate in community programming, and develop a love for public art.

Dozens gathered on Saturday, March 25, for the kickoff of our newest Porch Light site at 2774 Kensington Ave. The Porch Light Program is an ongoing program in which we partner with Mural Arts Philadelphia to promote public health by creating murals that transform Philadelphia neighborhoods, enhancing recovery and resilience among individuals facing behavioral health challenges. Through this innovative program, we collaborate with other organizations to build a team of artists, service providers, community members and city-wide stakeholders to initiate transformative public art projects.

“We believe that art ignites change, that it has a particular power,” Mural Arts Executive Director Jane Golden said to attendees, emphasizing how the Porch Light program can be an effective weapon in the fight against substance use. “And we’re proud to work with our partners to use art to overcome stigma and focus on overall behavioral health wellness.”

In addition to Golden, guests heard from several city leaders, including our own Deputy Commissioner Roland Lamb, City of Philadelphia Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis, and Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez (7th District).

Lamb echoed Golden’s remarks, stressing that collaboration is crucial to delivering the resources people need to improve their quality of life.

“Solutions for the problems we have are right here in the community. We want to make sure we have focused interventions here, but most importantly, we want to make sure we have people in the communities who are champions,” Lamb said, acknowledging Impact Services, Prevention Point Philadelphia, and New Kensington Community Development Corp., all Kensington-based groups partnering with DBHIDS and Mural Arts to offer support for those affected by trauma caused by substance abuse, homelessness, and crime.

Added Lamb, “We are looking to build high-level collaborations and partnerships like the ones we have today to continue to build supports that people need to have in their communities.”

Our first Porch Light hub in South Philadelphia has generated positive change in regards to the public health of the residents in the communities served by the program. A 2015 Yale School of Medicine study found that after almost two years, residents living within one mile of the mural created there experienced an increase in neighborhood “collective efficacy,” pride over improved community aesthetics and a decrease in feelings of stigma towards mental health and substance use. To date, 60-70 people utilize that site each day and expectations are for similar participation in Kensington, Golden said.

Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis lauded the Kensington Storefront partners for their willingness to come together to create opportunities for those in greatest need.

“This hub space can be a window to the soul of the community,” DiBerardinis said. “Out of that grows ideas, faith, hope, courage, and progress. We want to build hope here. We want to build opportunity here.”

Like-Minded Rally for Mental Health and Substance Use Reform

Calling all Philadelphians, visitors, Democratic National Convention Delegates, and more to gather for the Like-Minded Rally for Mental Health and Substance Use Reform at Dilworth Park in front of City Hall.

Come to hear from speakers from national and local mental health and substance use organizations and learn more about the National Behavioral Health Platform: A Nonpartisan Approach to Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders. There will also be give-a-ways, music, and more.

Register now to guarantee your free t-shirt! By registering you will help us create momentum around mental health and substance use issues at the Democratic National Convention! This event is open to the public.

 

“Making a Difference” Award Nominations

The Mayor’s Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission is sponsoring its 19th annual “Making a Difference” awards dinner on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The purpose of the event is to publicly acknowledge the tireless efforts of organizations and individuals who work or volunteer to prevent substance abuse in Philadelphia. To learn more, take a look at Mayor Kenney’s recent letter about the dinner and the nomination opportunity.

We are inviting you to nominate an individual organization for an award that best represents those efforts. Complete the nomination form no later than Friday, April 15th. Send the completed nomination form by faxing to (215) 685-4977 or mailing to:

Mayor’s Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission
c/o Office of Addiction Services
1101 Market Street, 8th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

For questions, call (215) 685-5404.

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Collaboration Can Lead to Change

By David T. Jones
Commissioner,
DBHIDS

What’s happening along Gurney Street is something to be celebrated.

In just over two weeks since the clean-up project began along a stretch of land owned by Conrail in the Kensington-Fairhill community, more than 250 tons of waste and debris have been removed and fencing is going up to prevent people from becoming injured on or near the railroad tracks.  In addition, the fencing serves as a barrier to prevent gathering in the area where folks had engaged in dangerous and unhealthy behavior.  In this instance the “C “word, collaboration between City agencies and private partners, has made the difference — the once blighted landscape is no more.

Read more

Porch Light Program Launches New Kensington Site

Ribbon cutting at Porch Light Project Kensington KickoffIt was an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship as we cut the ribbon to our Kensington Storefront site, a new hub where people throughout Kensington can gather to learn about behavioral health resources, participate in community programming, and develop a love for public art.

Dozens gathered on Saturday, March 25, for the kickoff of our newest Porch Light site at 2774 Kensington Ave. The Porch Light Program is an ongoing program in which we partner with Mural Arts Philadelphia to promote public health by creating murals that transform Philadelphia neighborhoods, enhancing recovery and resilience among individuals facing behavioral health challenges. Through this innovative program, we collaborate with other organizations to build a team of artists, service providers, community members and city-wide stakeholders to initiate transformative public art projects.

“We believe that art ignites change, that it has a particular power,” Mural Arts Executive Director Jane Golden said to attendees, emphasizing how the Porch Light program can be an effective weapon in the fight against substance use. “And we’re proud to work with our partners to use art to overcome stigma and focus on overall behavioral health wellness.”

In addition to Golden, guests heard from several city leaders, including our own Deputy Commissioner Roland Lamb, City of Philadelphia Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis, and Philadelphia City Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez (7th District).

Lamb echoed Golden’s remarks, stressing that collaboration is crucial to delivering the resources people need to improve their quality of life.

“Solutions for the problems we have are right here in the community. We want to make sure we have focused interventions here, but most importantly, we want to make sure we have people in the communities who are champions,” Lamb said, acknowledging Impact Services, Prevention Point Philadelphia, and New Kensington Community Development Corp., all Kensington-based groups partnering with DBHIDS and Mural Arts to offer support for those affected by trauma caused by substance abuse, homelessness, and crime.

Added Lamb, “We are looking to build high-level collaborations and partnerships like the ones we have today to continue to build supports that people need to have in their communities.”

Our first Porch Light hub in South Philadelphia has generated positive change in regards to the public health of the residents in the communities served by the program. A 2015 Yale School of Medicine study found that after almost two years, residents living within one mile of the mural created there experienced an increase in neighborhood “collective efficacy,” pride over improved community aesthetics and a decrease in feelings of stigma towards mental health and substance use. To date, 60-70 people utilize that site each day and expectations are for similar participation in Kensington, Golden said.

Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis lauded the Kensington Storefront partners for their willingness to come together to create opportunities for those in greatest need.

“This hub space can be a window to the soul of the community,” DiBerardinis said. “Out of that grows ideas, faith, hope, courage, and progress. We want to build hope here. We want to build opportunity here.”

Like-Minded Rally for Mental Health and Substance Use Reform

Calling all Philadelphians, visitors, Democratic National Convention Delegates, and more to gather for the Like-Minded Rally for Mental Health and Substance Use Reform at Dilworth Park in front of City Hall.

Come to hear from speakers from national and local mental health and substance use organizations and learn more about the National Behavioral Health Platform: A Nonpartisan Approach to Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders. There will also be give-a-ways, music, and more.

Register now to guarantee your free t-shirt! By registering you will help us create momentum around mental health and substance use issues at the Democratic National Convention! This event is open to the public.

 

“Making a Difference” Award Nominations

The Mayor’s Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission is sponsoring its 19th annual “Making a Difference” awards dinner on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The purpose of the event is to publicly acknowledge the tireless efforts of organizations and individuals who work or volunteer to prevent substance abuse in Philadelphia. To learn more, take a look at Mayor Kenney’s recent letter about the dinner and the nomination opportunity.

We are inviting you to nominate an individual organization for an award that best represents those efforts. Complete the nomination form no later than Friday, April 15th. Send the completed nomination form by faxing to (215) 685-4977 or mailing to:

Mayor’s Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission
c/o Office of Addiction Services
1101 Market Street, 8th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107

For questions, call (215) 685-5404.

Office of Addiction Services

Office of Addiction Services

OAS Recovery Support Services

OAS Recovery Support Services

Prevention Services

Prevention Services