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Suicide Prevention Week on Good Day Philadelphia

Fox 29   -   September 20, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

DBHIDS’ Andrea October, Clinical Project Manager for Health Promotions, appeared on Fox 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia” during Suicide Prevention Week to discuss the importance of self-care for those “doing the counseling” in the wake of the widely reported suicide of Penn’s director of counseling. Click to view the report and interview.

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Basketball league for homeless Philadelphians is helping many win on and off the court

KYW Newsradio   -   September 2, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

A unique basketball league is reaching out to homeless residents in Philadelphia to help them make life changing plays off the court, making a lot of progress in just a few months. “I just wanted to get to do a little exercise, lose some weight, and just have fun. That’s all I wanted to do, […]

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Inside the North Philly basketball league for homeless men: ‘It helps me to realize who I really am’

Philadelphia Inquirer   -   August 23, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

This basketball game began with a bucket, right off the tipoff, and then a matching bucket, and another bucket. Finally, somebody missed. Every Wednesday this summer, in a little gym just off a courtyard in the back of the historic Church of the Advocate at Diamond and Gratz Streets in North Philadelphia, there’s a men’s […]

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Joan Erney to Retire as CEO of Community Behavioral Health

DBHIDS   -   August 21, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

PHILADELPHIA — The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) today announced that Joan Erney will retire as chief executive officer of its Community Behavioral Health (CBH) division effective ‪December 31, 2019. Behavioral Health Commissioner David T. Jones said CBH’s chief operating officer, Donna Bailey, has been named interim CEO of CBH effective […]

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City emulates Mural Arts’ ‘same-day pay’ work model after seeing big demand

WHYY   -   August 2, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

Becky Green and her husband have not had a steady place to live since 2017. “We sleep outside or with family and friends, depending on who will allow us to stay over,” she said. Without a fixed address or proper documentation, Green said, she and her husband have faced barriers finding work. Green said those […]

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New Mural Arts Program Transforming Lives Of Homeless Philadelphians While Beautifying City

CBS 3   -   August 2, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

PHILADELPHIA — A new mural will be unveiled Tuesday in SEPTA’s Suburban Station. It’s creation is part of a new program that’s transforming lives. It’s a same day work and pay program that’s connecting people who are struggling and in need of things like mental health services. It’s been such a success that they’ve had […]

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HIPAA breach discovered at the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services

July 25, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services announced today that close to 1500 of its clients are being notified of a privacy breach. It occurred in the Division of Intellectual disAbility Services (“IDS”), within DBHIDS. This division coordinates and administers services for 15,487 individuals with intellectual disabilities in Philadelphia, including home and community […]

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Philly courts hosted a job fair for the pre-trial population

Philadelphia Inquirer   -   July 23, 2019 - DBHIDS in the News

It was an unconventional job fair. There were no splashy banners advertising companies, no branded swag, no suits. Just folks filling out paperwork on the benches of a Philadelphia courtroom Monday — sometimes with a drug test swab in their mouth — waiting for an interview where they’d hear about their options: food service, warehouse […]

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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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