Cross-system collaboration is an essential component to achieving overall wellness. Behavioral health settings are not the natural habitat of many community members. DBHIDS supports innovative cross-system collaboration to strengthen the capacity of the workforce to meet the health and wellness needs of people.
DBHIDS supports five agencies, led by Project Home to engage people living on the streets of Philadelphia. The other agencies are Horizon House, SELF Inc., the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA and Hall Mercer Community Mental Health Center. The majority of the persons they engage are believed to suffer from behavioral health challenges, particularly co-occurring mental health and addiction challenges.
TRWI is a partnership between the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Tobacco Policy and Control Program, University of Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Smoking Treatment Program, and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities (DBHIDS) that engages behavioral health providers to incorporate evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment into their clinical and community practice.
Drug-free coalitions is an initiative within DBHIDS’ Office of Addiction Services, and are community-based groups located in a defined neighborhoods and ZIP codes. Coalitions tackle specific issues that have a negative impact on the community. The service is available to all community residents, and can offer resources such as listening sessions to parents and youth around the dangers of drugs.