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Peer to Peer: Meeting Those in Need Where They Are

Ramon Cruz

After more than three decades of substance use, Ramon Cruz decided to seek recovery and now is working with DBHIDS’ Certified Peer Specialist program, helping others access support for recovery.

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 the strength to take charge of his life and find a way to recovery after more than 30 years of substance use and numerous incarcerations. That was two years ago and today, Ramon, 53, is not just off of drugs, but he’s a part of our Certified Peer Specialist program with Community Behavioral Health (CBH), the managed care arm of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) that serves as a voice for and resource to those impacted by behavioral health issues. Each day, Ramon uses his story to help others who find themselves on the same path to nowhere he traveled for so long.

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Peer Culture Support and Leadership Report Launch (POSTPONED)

Note: This event has been postponed. Additional information will be added once the event has been rescheduled.

DBHIDS is pleased to announce the completion of the Peer Culture Report, A Decade of Peer Culture, Support and Leadership: Igniting Behavioral Health Transformation in Philadelphia. Please join us as we launch the peer culture report and a new web-based Peer-Support Toolkit

You will learn about the recent changes to DBHIDS’ Strategic Planning Division. Learn about DBHIDS Peer Culture and Community Inclusion Unit: Who we are and what we do. Learn about the analysis of impact of a decade of peer culture, support and leadership in Philadelphia. Lessons learned and future direction of Philadelphia systems transformation.

Learn about DBHIDS’ new web-based Peer-Support Toolkit and how to use it for:

  1.  Preparing the Organizational Culture
  2.  Interviewing and Hiring
  3.  Service Delivery
  4.  Supervision and Retention


Peer Culture and Community Inclusion Unit

Peer Culture and Community Inclusion Unit