In his role as deputy commissioner of the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services, H. Jean Wright II, Psy.D., oversees the Behavioral Health and Justice Division, the newest division at DBHIDS. The division launched in 2020 with a focus providing equal opportunities for treatment, support, and community integration for justice-involved Philadelphians with behavioral health challenges.
BHJD envisions a Philadelphia where every individual achieves health, well-being, and self-determination. In order to attain this vision, BHJD will work to reduce justice involvement for Philadelphians with behavioral health challenges and work for Philadelphians with serious mental illness to reduce the number in county jail, reduce admissions to county jail, reduce the length of stay in county jail, increase connections to treatment and support, and reduce recidivism.
Wright is a transformational, highly experienced, and professionally trained clinical and forensic psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health and proven success in leading people and managing projects and initiatives in the government and private practice; in rehabilitation and correction; and in academia as assistant professor and clinical faculty for Temple University.
Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, English literature and cultural studies from The Ohio State University and a doctorate in psychology with focus in clinical and forensic psychology from Wright State University. He continued with post-doctoral work at Wilberforce University and Cincinnati VA Medical Center.
Dr. Faith Dyson-Washington, Ph.D., MBA
Chief Executive Officer of Community Behavioral Health
Dr. Faith Dyson-Washington is a native Philadelphian and licensed psychologist with more than 20 years’ experience within the behavioral health industry.
As a highly respected leader, administrator, and practitioner who has provided clinical leadership and consultation to numerous Philadelphia provider agencies throughout her career, Dr. Washington specializes in evidenced-based practices and therapies, clinical operations, and behavioral health policy.
Her pragmatic, strategic leadership and expertise have elevated behavioral health operations, quality and compliance initiatives, workforce development, and business growth. Prior to joining CBH, Dr. Washington served as the Senior Director of Behavioral Health Integration at Public Health Management Corporation, where she oversaw behavioral health services across Integrated Health Services.
Dr. Washington was drawn to this work as a result of witnessing her birth mother struggle to manage a chronic mental illness while attempting to navigate the behavioral health system. Over the years, she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to serving others and highly values her family and community. She believes we all can play a role in bettering the behavioral health outcomes of Philadelphia residents.
Dr. Washington received her bachelor’s degree from Temple University, where she double-majored in psychology and African-American studies. She also holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an MBA from Drexel University.