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

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 has supported family with lived experience, I understand the value of accessible, quality behavioral health services. CBH has been an industry leader in Philadelphia for many years, so I am eager to help further the mission and enhance the scope of behavioral health services for those in need,” Washington said.

“Dr. Washington is a highly respected leader, administrator, and practitioner who has provided clinical leadership and consultation to many Philadelphia provider agencies throughout her career. It is that experience that makes her an excellent choice to lead CBH,” said David T. Jones, Commissioner, Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services.

Washington, a native Philadelphian, is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the behavioral health field, including evidence-based practices, clinical operations, and behavioral health policy.

Prior to accepting the CEO position at CBH, Washington served as senior director of behavioral health integration at Public Health Management Corp., where she oversaw behavioral health services across integrated health services.

Washington received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and African American studies from Temple University and was awarded a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and an MBA from Drexel University.

Interim CBH CEO, Donna E.M. Bailey, will return to her role as CBH’s chief operating officer on October 12.

“Donna Bailey was instrumental in ensuring CBH continued to thrive during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Jones said. “For DBHIDS — and for Philadelphia as a whole — I want to thank her for all she has done.”