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Welcome to the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services

Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services

Division of Planning Innovation

The Division of Planning Innovation develops and implements strategies to advance the transformation of Philadelphia’s behavioral health system to a recovery-oriented system of care using Public Health strategies. The key goals of this transformation include:

  • Shift the treatment focus from “stabilization” to recovery responsive to the needs of people in recovery
  • Empower people to direct their recovery journey
  • Recognize and engage treatment providers, family members, and community-based supports and organizations as valuable partners in the recovery process
  • Help people move beyond their limitations and toward fulfilling lives in the community

In order to advance this transformation, the Division of Planning Innovation develops a frameworks and strategies for the change process as well as initiatives that will advance the transformation. The key units within the Division include:

  • Community Affairs Unit: The DBHIDS Community Affairs Unit works to ensure that all Philadelphians have access to wellness, recovery, and peer-support services in their own communities with the support of the Community Outreach and Engagement Unit, the Community Wellness Engagement Unit, and the Peer Culture and Community Inclusion Unit.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Unit: Shifting the culture in a bold way by collecting, reporting, monitoring data, and building partnerships with various stakeholders.
  • Trauma Response and Emergency Preparedness Unit: Fostering a greater awareness and understanding of the unique needs of individuals affected by trauma
  • Research Unit: Applies tools from research, epidemiology, and evaluation fields to support decision making in DBHIDS
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