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City of Philadelphia to host free mental health events throughout May

Philly Voice   -   May 3, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

The City of Philadelphia will recognize May – a month dedicated to mental health awareness – by providing an array of free events. Spearheaded by the city’s behavioral health department, the events promoting mental wellness and healing will pop up around Philly. Some events will serve to highlight the mental health services and treatments already […]

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Philadelphia Announces Free Mental Health Month Events Promoting Healing, Wellness and Understanding

May 1, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

An Intimate Conversation with #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke, Two Mental Health First Aid Certification Trainings and a Community Celebration for Children are all Part of the Lineup. PHILADELPHIA — In observance of Mental Health Awareness Month, Philadelphia’s behavioral health department will host a number of free community education and outreach events during May to promote mental wellness, healing […]

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Gompers Elementary School focuses on mental health

thenotebook   -   April 12, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Mora-Lee Moore, an 8th-grade class representative at Gompers Elementary School in Wynnefield, put it succinctly: Mental health is the “most deeply cared-about issue in our community,” she said. Student Council member Roger Stone added his own take. At Gompers, he said, “Everyone’s always on edge and can’t let loose because they’re afraid that people won’t […]

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Participatory Grantmaking Initiative Brings Public-Private Partnership to Address Behavioral Health Needs of Immigrant Communities in City of Philadelphia

April 11, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

(Philadelphia, PA) – The City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) joins the Scattergood Foundation, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, and Patricia Kind Family Foundation in supporting the Community Fund for Immigrant Wellness. The $100,000 contribution from DBHIDS will grow the pooled fund to $300,000. Grants […]

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Certified Peer Specialist Application Period Begins April 1

March 31, 2019

April 2019 Application period is closed Do you know someone who has a lived mental health experience and would be an excellent candidate for the Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) profession? Beginning Monday, April 1, through Friday, April 19,  2019, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services will accept applications for the Certified Peer […]

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Worth a shot: City doubles down on MAT therapy in continued fight against the opioid epidemic

Philadelphia Weekly   -   March 12, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Leonidas Tsiaras is an example of how medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder can turn around someone’s life. After surgery for extraction of his wisdom teeth at 20, Tsiaras, now 42, became addicted to prescription Percocets doctors gave him for pain, and as the story so often goes, pretty quickly found himself injecting heroin. He […]

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Why aren’t slots for opioid treatment filled? City tries to turn the tide. | Editorial

Philadelphia Inquirer   -   March 8, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

The opioid crisis continues to shock with its persistence and casualties. Last year, about 1,100 people died of overdose in the city. One fact that should bring people to a standstill — if only for a minute — is this: The Department of Public Health recently estimated that between 50,000 and 100,000 people in Philadelphia […]

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Philadelphia promotes buprenorphine for opioid addiction treatment

WHYY   -   March 6, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

When Ronald McAdams got out of prison at age 60, he didn’t want to go back to Philadelphia. He’d spent more than 30 years trying to kick his opioid addiction, in and out of rehabs and detoxes, and was afraid if he went back he’d get hooked again. He was always wary of buprenorphine because […]

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Philly launches media campaign touting medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction

Philly Voice   -   March 6, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Philadelphia officials unveiled a new advertising campaign Tuesday that urges people battling opioid addiction to seek medication assisted treatment. There are some 12,000 medication-assisted treatment slots in Philly – and 24 percent of them are currently available. City officials want to get the word out that help is available. “This campaign is largely to say […]

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Philly ad campaign promotes medication-assisted opioid treatment   -   March 6, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Despite an opioid overdose epidemic that has killed thousands and stalled the lives of many more, Philadelphia still has plenty of treatment slots, both inpatient and outpatient, that are going unused. So on Tuesday, city officials announced an ad campaign to encourage more people to get started on what is considered the gold standard for […]

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