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Heat wave response: Philly’s quadrupling homeless outreach for Code Red

Billy Penn   -   July 19, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

The incoming heat wave had only started to tease Philadelphia on Thursday morning, but the 85-degree thermometer reading was already paired with an uncomfortable dose of humidity. In Logan Square, Carrie Wagner and Owen Riordan were working their way around the park. Not everyone accepted the icy bottles of water they offered, but some did. […]

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City program makes camp a possibility for youth with behavioral health challenges

Philadelphia Inquirer   -   July 17, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Before 2016, Miguel Batiz spent countless summer days in his Holmesburg bedroom, using the computer, playing video games, and eating. Aside from trips with his mother and two younger siblings to ride bikes or visit nearby parks, he stayed home, nearly isolated. When the school year neared its end in 2016, his mother Dorothy Miller […]

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Certified Peer Specialist Application Period Begins July 8

July 8, 2019

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, July 5, through Friday, July 26, 2019, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services will accept applications for the Certified Peer Specialist Training Program. Applications must be […]

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Need to address: City jails combat influx of drugs on the inside, recidivism with MAT program

Philadelphia Weekly   -   July 5, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Paul Robbins recently spent about six months in Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF), a Philadelphia’s men’s jail, for drug-related charges. Robbins was on methadone when he was incarcerated, and he was able to remain on methadone throughout his time behind bars. The jail’s medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program for opioid use disorder allows inmates to continue treatment […]

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The best mental health treatments for youth are slow to catch on in Philadelphia, study finds

Philadelphia Inquirer   -   July 5, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Not all therapy is created equal. Years of scientific research have shown that some types of mental health treatment, like cognitive behavioral therapy, are more effective than others. But not all providers offer those treatments, and a new study shows just how challenging it can be to get them to switch. The study, published recently […]

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Philly health officials, advocates split on impact of smoking ban at inpatient rehabs

WHYY   -   July 1, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Protesters marched down Market Street Tuesday to demand that Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health end its ban on smoking cigarettes at inpatient addiction-treatment facilities. The protesters say the ban dissuades people from entering treatment if they can’t smoke inside. They also say it makes people more likely to leave treatment early against medical advice and […]

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Six months in, Philly assesses its smoking ban in inpatient rehabs

Philadelphia Inquirer   -   July 1, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Six months into a ban on smoking in all city-funded inpatient drug treatment centers, Philadelphia officials say the prohibition hasn’t impacted the number of people seeking or staying in addiction treatment — in fact, they say, more people are entering rehab. But advocates call the ban an unnecessary barrier to treatment in the middle of […]

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Philadelphia treatment center smoking ban doesn’t deter addicts

6 ABC   -   July 1, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

CENTER CITY (WPVI) — Philadelphia health officials say the smoking ban at the city’s drug treatment centers isn’t detering people from seeking addiction help. They started the smoking ban at all city-run, in-patient rehab centers in January. Since then, they say the number of people seeking help at the facilities has gone up. Philadelphia’s Commissioner […]

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New Philadelphia emergency unit responds to overdoses in Kensington

WHYY   -   June 10, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Every morning at 8 o’clock, social worker Shane Randall gets an email telling him which addiction-treatment facilities have available beds that day. But Randall doesn’t work for a rehab facility, or for a homeless-services organization. He works for the Philadelphia Fire Department. His job is a part of a new partnership between the Fire Department […]

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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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