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DBHIDS Launches New Heat-Safety e-Learning Course

Heat Safety CourseHeat-related illnesses (HRI) are the leading cause of extreme-weather deaths in the United States. In fact, HRI causes more deaths than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods … combined! On average, 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States.

With the summer months on the horizon, DBHIDS is preparing for the extreme heat that is associated with them. You can prepare for the summer heat by taking the new heat safety e-learning course, Heat Safety: Recognizing, Preventing, and Treating Heat-Related Illnesses, which can be found on DBHIDS.org.

Homeless Safety a Heightened Issue During Summer Months

By David T. Jones
Acting Commissioner,
DBHIDS

Summer is here –- at last -– and for many people, thoughts turn to fun family getaways, sitting out by the pool or on the beach and sweet treats like ice cream or water ice to cool us down. But for people who are living on the street, these options of summer escapes aren’t so readily accessible.

Hundreds of people experience periods of street homelessness in Philadelphia, using street corners, transit hubs and parks as shelter. Heavily-traveled areas, particularly in and around Center City, reveal the faces of this sad reality. And while being homeless can be devastating enough for an individual, the problem is only compounded for those who are also living with an untreated mental illness, addiction, or both.

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Heat Safety Policy

As warmer weather is upon us, please find below links to the DBHIDS Heat Safety Policy and accompanying educational materials. The policy contains safety measures for the following Office of Mental Health and Office of Addiction Services funded programs:  residential programs (includes congregate, individual living arrangements and recovery houses), licensed drug and alcohol facilities, and mental health targeted case management programs. Additionally, the policy applies to certified peer specialist programs. The safety measures entail training, monitoring, and mechanical cooling requirements. Training at provider agencies should be completed by April 15 and copies of sign-in sheets received at Office of Mental Health to the attention of the Director of Mental Health Services, by May 1.

Although the policy applies directly to the types of programs identified above, all DBHIDS funded programs would benefit from implementation of the safety measures; we ask that agency providers share the information with all their programs and that heat safety education be given to program participants on an ongoing basis.  The policy and accompanying training materials as well as flyers that can be posted and handed out are below:

Thank you for your attention to this lifesaving information!

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Heat Safety

Heat Safety

DBHIDS Launches New Heat-Safety e-Learning Course

Heat Safety CourseHeat-related illnesses (HRI) are the leading cause of extreme-weather deaths in the United States. In fact, HRI causes more deaths than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods … combined! On average, 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States.

With the summer months on the horizon, DBHIDS is preparing for the extreme heat that is associated with them. You can prepare for the summer heat by taking the new heat safety e-learning course, Heat Safety: Recognizing, Preventing, and Treating Heat-Related Illnesses, which can be found on DBHIDS.org.

Homeless Safety a Heightened Issue During Summer Months

By David T. Jones
Acting Commissioner,
DBHIDS

Summer is here –- at last -– and for many people, thoughts turn to fun family getaways, sitting out by the pool or on the beach and sweet treats like ice cream or water ice to cool us down. But for people who are living on the street, these options of summer escapes aren’t so readily accessible.

Hundreds of people experience periods of street homelessness in Philadelphia, using street corners, transit hubs and parks as shelter. Heavily-traveled areas, particularly in and around Center City, reveal the faces of this sad reality. And while being homeless can be devastating enough for an individual, the problem is only compounded for those who are also living with an untreated mental illness, addiction, or both.

Read more

Heat Safety Policy

As warmer weather is upon us, please find below links to the DBHIDS Heat Safety Policy and accompanying educational materials. The policy contains safety measures for the following Office of Mental Health and Office of Addiction Services funded programs:  residential programs (includes congregate, individual living arrangements and recovery houses), licensed drug and alcohol facilities, and mental health targeted case management programs. Additionally, the policy applies to certified peer specialist programs. The safety measures entail training, monitoring, and mechanical cooling requirements. Training at provider agencies should be completed by April 15 and copies of sign-in sheets received at Office of Mental Health to the attention of the Director of Mental Health Services, by May 1.

Although the policy applies directly to the types of programs identified above, all DBHIDS funded programs would benefit from implementation of the safety measures; we ask that agency providers share the information with all their programs and that heat safety education be given to program participants on an ongoing basis.  The policy and accompanying training materials as well as flyers that can be posted and handed out are below:

Thank you for your attention to this lifesaving information!