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Five Things to Remember When Talking With Your Family After Tragedy

By Colleen Knudsen Feeling overwhelmed, powerless or even angry as you watch News of another mass shooting, this one in Las Vegas? Those feelings are normal, even for people who don’t have ties to Nevada or anyone there, said a local counselor Monday morning. But there are ways to handle those emotional reactions. NBC10’s Tracy […]

PCTAB Members

Peer Culture Transformation Advisory Board Member Biographies Co-Chairperson of the Board John K. Carlson John K. Carlson is the executive director of Transformation to Recovery, a faith-based recovery community center and ministry of Christ Church Philadelphia. John has an MBA and a Marketing degree. He is a certified recovery specialist with Biblical addiction-counseling certification and […]

Peer to Peer: Meeting Those in Need Where They Are

By Monica Lewis-Wilborn Ramon Cruz was tired. He was tired of being in and out of trouble with the law. He was tired of disappointing his family. He was tired of letting his life spin out of control. It was in that time of despair, when he was at his weakest point, that Ramon found […]

Message from Acting DBHIDS Commissioner Dr. Jill Bowen

Click to read entire official News release Dear Philadelphia Residents, Families, and Communities: The multiple layers of trauma experienced over the past several months across the country have deeply impacted US here in Philadelphia. From the ongoing disruption, uncertainty and isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic to the tragic deaths of black and brown people, including […]

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

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 […]

Facebook Live: Coping With Current Events

Action News Health Reporter Ali Gorman, R.N. is talking live with Dana Careless of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services and behavioral therapist Dr. Steven Rosenberg about stress, fear, and coping with tragic recent events. Please join the conversation by sending in your questions now.

International Mental Health Group Visiting Philadelphia for Pointers

By Tom MacDonald International mental health experts are in Philadelphia this week to learn from the city’s approach to handling behavioral health issues. David Jones, Philadelphia’s Commissioner of Behavioral Health says the international group referred to as I-Circle , the International Urban Regional Collaborative will offer an exchange of ideas. “We really are going to […]

Philadelphia Taking Fentanyl Fight to the Streets

Fentanyl is killing more and more people in Philadelphia, and most people who take the drug don’t even know they are taking it, health officials said Friday. Overdose deaths from fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid 100 times stronger than morphine, have risen sharply in the city over the past several years. And the problem, which […]