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City Adds Beds, Services for Homeless Youth

In response to a rapid increase in youth homelessness, Philadelphia announced Tuesday that it will dedicate $700,000 to pay for additional beds, job training, and employment and counseling support targeting people 18 to 24.

“We are here to tell our most vulnerable young people, our children, our youth, that they matter, that we care, that we are there for them,” said Councilwoman Helen Gym, who with Council colleagues and Mayor Kenney’s administration secured the new funding. “They won’t face their challenges alone. We’ll be standing up as a city with them.”

At last count, 527 unaccompanied young adults lived in emergency or transitional housing in the city, and a point-in-time count found 25 sleeping on the streets. Those who track youth homelessness say the number of young people with “unstable housing” is much higher, likely 4,000 to 6,000.

 In the last four years, the number of high school students in Philadelphia who have experienced homelessness has increased 73 percent. That works out to one of every 20 high school students in the city.

Last year, 252 young adults aged out of the foster care system, many without a permanent place to live.

The $700,000 contract will go toward 50 new beds, job training, and employment support for 75 homeless youth, and counseling and mentoring for 40 LGBTQ youth.

Most of the money comes out of the city’s general fund, with some additional dollars from the Office of Homeless Services’ budget.

Five private providers were contracted to expand services and shelter: the Attic Youth Center, Covenant House PA, Pathways PA, Valley Youth House, and Youth Service Inc.

Donald Jackson, 23, was kicked out of his home by his mother when he was 18.

Jackson couch-surfed for a few months before landing at Covenant House, a shelter for young adults. He was lucky. The shelter turns away more than 500 people each year because of lack of space.

Jackson worked two jobs to get himself back on his feet.

Now he has his own apartment and works at Action Wellness, a nonprofit helping people living with chronic illness.

“Not everyone is fortunate enough to handle responsibilities, bills, the things an 18-year-old, a 21-year-old even, usually has people to help them deal with,” Jackson said. “It’s so important to provide that underlying support. At 18 you’re trying to figure out your life, and then even at 21 – who’s responsible at 21?”

Family Member Story Telling Training

Family Member Story Telling Training (FM-STT) is a FREE recovery-and-resilience-based Training. It recognizes that the stories of Family Members (Parents, Grandparents, Children, Siblings, Partners, Sponsors, Mentors, Faith, Friends, Family of Choice, Support Staff, etc.), play a Vital Role with assisting people who benefit from and contribute to systematic transformation. This Training is open to everyone (18 and older) and offers many helpful tools which encourages the sharing of personal and challenging experiences with others to help inspire and motivate them, along with creating mutual understanding. It also provides vast opportunities to network and share resources, along with being a positive gateway for those who wish to help others through their own life experiences; helps others to navigate through the Behavioral Health System, while supporting families, faith and communities.

Story Telling Training — For July 2016 CPS Applicants Only

Story Telling Training (STT) is a FREE recovery-and-resilience-based Training. It recognizes that the stories of each individual, the recovery (wellness) process and the experiences of our loved ones are a vital part of strengthening System’s Transformation. This training offers many helpful tools which encourages the sharing of personal and challenging experiences with others, to help inspire and motivate them to do the same. It also provides vast opportunities to network and share resources. Story Telling Training is a positive gateway for those who wish to help others through their own life experiences – through the Behavioral Health System, as well as with families and communities.

This training session is designed for participants in the July 2016 Certified Peer Specialist training, which is scheduled to take place July 6-27. For additional information and location for this training, please follow the registration link below.

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Beating the Blues

Beating the Blues LogoThe Beating the Blues program is an online tool that teaches a user cognitive behavioral strategies to manage mild to moderate anxiety and depression. This evidence based program is free to all Philadelphia residents and comes in eight weekly modules to complete.

Beating the Blues’s modules are not considered therapy; rather, this program is a way to help people living with mild to moderate depression or anxiety, or those looking to learn new ways to cope with the challenges of everyday life, and build additional skills. It is not intended for people in crisis. If you believe you are in crisis please feel empowered to connect with the following crisis lines:

The Philadelphia Suicide Prevention Hotline: 215-686-4420

DBHIDS Acute Services: 215-685-6440

Visit HealthMindsPhilly.org for more information.

Family Member Storytelling Training

Story Telling Training (STT) is a FREE recovery-and-resilience-based Training. It recognizes that the stories of each individual, the recovery (wellness) process and the experiences of our loved ones are a vital part of strengthening System’s Transformation. This training offers many helpful tools which encourages the sharing of personal and challenging experiences with others, to help inspire and motivate them to do the same. It also provides vast opportunities to network and share resources. Story Telling Training is a positive gateway for those who wish to help others through their own life experiences – through the Behavioral Health System, as well as with families and communities.

There are (2) FREE Story Telling Trainings available for everyone to take (age 18 and over) to learn tools on how to tell your own personal story effectively, learn more about the personal and challenging experiences of others, while learning about the Behavioral Health System Transformation.

Mental Health First Aid (Adult Curriculum)

Adult Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches community members how to assist an adult who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. MHFA teaches participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs and symptoms of mental illnesses and substance use challenges. Upon completion of the training, participants receive a comprehensive Mental Health First Aid manual along with a three (3) year national MHFA certification.

The Adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addiction.

This training takes place over the course of two days on Tuesday, January 12th and Wednesday, January 13th from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Attendance for both days is required in order to receive your three year national certification.

Trauma Transformation Unit

Trauma Transformation Unit

Family Member Story Telling

Family Member Story Telling

Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT)

Crisis Intervention Team Training (CIT)