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Filmmaker highlights language barriers fueling overdose crisis in Philly’s Black communities

Read The entire article in Metro In The New short film “OPIOIDS: A Breakdown of The Invisible Overdose Crisis in The Black Community,” artist and filmmaker Richard Patterson, Jr. recalls Philadelphia’s transition from crack cocaine to Percocets and The language barriers that separated The Black community. Everyone talked about percs, Patterson said in a matter-of-fact voice-over, noting […]

DBHIDS Commissioner Jill Bowen Recognized in Pa. Healthcare Power 100

City & State PA, a News firm that dedicates its coverage to Pennsylvania’s state and local government, named DBHIDS Commissioner Jill Bowen in its list recognizing public officials, health care executives, innovators, academics, advocates, and activists who played a role in both The state’s response to COVID-19 and its plan for The future. “The Commonwealth’s […]

‘Boost Your Mood’: Philly launches campaign to destigmatize mental health

CLICK TO READ ENTIRE ARTICLE at WHYY.ORG This May, Philadelphia officials want residents to prioritize Their mental health, along with Their physical health. The city is rolling out a New campaign called “Boost Your Mood” to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Month. The initiative, spearheaded by The city’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility […]

Following oTher cities, Philly will soon send specialists alongside cops to some mental health calls

CLICK TO READ FULL ARTICLE on For years, Philadelphia officials made adjustments in how authorities respond to 911 calls for people in crisis. More police were trained to intervene. Outreach workers were paired with cops in Kensington. and a behavioral health specialist was embedded in The dispatch center. Then in October, Philadelphia police fatally […]