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Intellectual disAbility Services Names Kleckner J. Charles as New Director

October 20, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

PHILADELPHIA – The City’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) announced today that it has selected Kleckner J. Charles to serve as director of its division of Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS). Charles will pursue the expansion of intellectual disability services and supports and improved outcomes for Philadelphia residents. He will begin in […]

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Vote on mental health policy to save lives and money in this year’s elections

Philadelphia Inquirer   -   October 12, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

By Kate Fox, DBHIDS We’ve all been more than a little preoccupied with the omnipresent pandemic that is COVID-19. The United States has recently surpassed over 200,000 COVID-related deaths, many of us are juggling virtual schooling, caregiving, and remote or in-person work, and this week Pennsylvania and New Jersey have reported their highest case levels […]

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HIPAA Breach Update

October 5, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

Posted 6/1/20 Updated 6/15/20 Updated 6/24/20 Updated 8/14/20 Updated 10/5/20 Click to read entire official notice (PDF download, updated 10/5/20) The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (“DBHIDS”) is posting this notice to alert individuals that their personal health information may have been compromised as a result of a cybersecurity attack. This incident […]

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Community Behavioral Health Names Dr. Faith Dyson-Washington as New CEO

September 28, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

PHILADELPHIA – Community Behavioral Health (CBH), a division of the City’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), has selected Dr. Faith Dyson-Washington to serve as chief executive officer. Washington will strive to expand behavioral health availability and improve outcomes for Philadelphia residents. She will begin in her official capacity on October 12. “As someone who […]

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Mural Arts program turns 200 columns in SEPTA concourse into socially distant canvases

Inquirer.com   -   September 25, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

For years, SEPTA’s South Broad Street Concourse was where Thomas Barrios, 47, slept. Now, it’s his workplace. Involved in Mural Arts Philadelphia’s “Color Me Back” project, a program paying participants to turn about 200 columns in the concourse into bold, colorful displays, Barrios said that he enjoys showing his family the photos of art he’s […]

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City of Philadelphia awarded 6 innovation grants to help projects pivot during the pandemic

Technical.ly Philly   -   September 9, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

Six government projects were awarded seed funding up to $7,500 by the Innovation Fund, a grant opportunity fast tracked by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Innovation Management and the Mayor’s Fund for Philadelphia, which is backed by public and private donors. Because of the pandemic, many City departments and agencies have had to adapt […]

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Hazard pay grants now available for front-line workers in life-sustaining industries

July 21, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

$50 million in grant funding is now available to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic. A full press release outlining program details is available online. Workers making less than $20 an hour are eligible for up to $1,200 in hazard pay over a 10-week period between Aug. […]

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DBHIDS Annual Report

June 23, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

DBHIDS Annual Report: 2018-2019 Read more about the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services — including information about our Leadership Team, organization, strategic framework, and more — on our About Us page.

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Which benefit programs can help? Supports for city residents

June 23, 2020 - DBHIDS in the News

Are you having issues related to COVID-19? The City of Philadelphia is here to help. Click to learn more

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Mayor Kenney Establishes Juneteenth as an Official City Holiday

Phila.gov   -   June 17, 2020

PHILADELPHIA — Mayor Jim Kenney announced today that the City of Philadelphia designates Juneteenth as an official City holiday. As a result, this Friday, June 19, 2020, City offices and facilities will be closed to the public to observe Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. “For the past few years […]

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