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As Philly pushes for more medication-assisted drug treatment, thousands of treatment slots are still empty

Philly.com   -   January 18, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Fighting the worst urban overdose epidemic in the country, Philadelphia health officials have scrambled to offer more of what is proven most effective in helping opioid users reach recovery: medication-assisted treatment (MAT). But nearly a quarter of the inpatient and outpatient treatment slots that fit the description are still empty, city officials said Thursday. That’s […]

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Philadelphia doubling down on medication-assisted treatment for opioid addicts

Philly Voice   -   January 18, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

It was announced on Thursday that, by next year, individuals with opioid use disorder in Philadelphia will be able to access medication-assisted treatment (MAT) through any of the 80 residential drug treatment programs under contract with the city. While some form of MAT has been available at most treatment facilities — about 65 percent to […]

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Smoking banned at city-funded residential addiction treatment programs in Philadelphia

6abc - WPVI   -   January 14, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A somewhat controversial smoking ban has gone into effect in Philadelphia. All city-funded residential drug and alcohol treatment programs are now tobacco-free. Some say it’s too much too soon, but the research shows it works. David T. Jones, Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities, says the end goal […]

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Why the new ban on smoking in City rehab facilities feels like a kick in the butt to some

Philadelphia Weekly   -   January 8, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Philadelphia’s new nicotine ban that began Jan. 1 in all city-affiliated rehabs and treatment programs is causing much trepidation and speculation. Some people have questioned whether it’s too much to ask those trying to recover from substance use disorders to kick nicotine at the same time. Others say the move is a positive one, and […]

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Smoking ban at Philly drug treatment centers riles social workers

WHYY   -   January 7, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

A new ban on smoking at Philadelphia’s city-funded residential drug treatment centers has rankled some area social workers, who fear it will drive those battling addiction away from recovery programs altogether. On Jan. 1, the city’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services’ began enforcing a prohibition on the use of tobacco products at […]

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Philly bans tobacco use at city-funded inpatient addiction treatment programs

Philly.com   -   December 31, 2018 - DBHIDS in the News

Starting in the new year, the 80 inpatient drug treatment programs that receive city funds will ban smoking at their facilities — for patients and staff alike. It’s a decision that’s been in the works since the city’s mental-health facilities barred tobacco use in 2016. City officials say the move is bolstered by growing research […]

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Philadelphia Bans Smoking at Drug Treatment Programs

December 31, 2018

Effective ‪January 1, 2019, smoking and all forms of tobacco use will be prohibited at all residential drug and alcohol treatment programs under contract with the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services’ (DBHIDS) Community Behavioral Health (CBH) division.

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New websites offer online resources for addiction treatment in Philly and beyond

WHYY   -   December 12, 2018

ByJoel Wolfram, WHYY The City of Philadelphia has launched a new website where people receiving Medicaid benefits can find information about their behavioral health and addiction treatment coverage. The new website, cbhphilly.org, creates an online home for Community Behavioral Health, the city’s network of publicly funded behavioral health and addiction treatment providers. It’s one of […]

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DBHIDS Launches Brand-New Website Devoted Entirely to its Community Behavioral Health Division

December 6, 2018 - DBHIDS in the News

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) today announced that it has launched a brand-new website exclusively devoted to providing content and information pertaining to Community Behavioral Health (CBH), a division of DBHIDS that manages, arranges and pays for behavioral health care for the city’s vast population of Medicaid […]

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As Philadelphia temperatures dip, homeless outreach workers distribute socks, smiles and resources

Generocity   -   December 4, 2018

At 10:41 a.m. on Thursday morning, Dolores Liggins approached a woman standing in front of a Dunkin Donuts in South Philadelphia. She was wearing a blanket around her shoulders, a skirt and no socks in 33-degree weather. “How are you?” Liggins asked. “Where are your socks? Want me to grab you some?” The woman walked […]

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