- About Us
Promoting Recovery, Resilience and Self-Determination
Welcome to Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) Web site. The City of Philadelphia has integrated its behavioral health care and intellectual disability services into one comprehensive system.
DBHIDS components provide services through a network of agencies while collaborating with the Philadelphia School District, child welfare and judicial systems, and other stakeholders.
The DBHIDS management team and our employees embrace a vision of recovery, resilience, and self-determination. We continue to shift to a model of care directed by the person in recovery. In this model, professional treatment is one aspect among many that supports people in managing their own conditions while building their own recovery resources. This recovery process should be viewed as a lifetime journey.
Transformation to a recovery orientation in both addictions and mental health becomes possible by focusing on the central role of individuals and families in responding to, managing, and overcoming these serious illnesses. This focus must be an organizing point for the entire system.
We also strive to help people with intellectual disability live self-determined lives in their communities by providing quality supports and services.
We hope you find our new Web site both informative and enlightening. For a firsthand look at our system, we also encourage you to schedule a study tour visit today during your next trip to the City of Brotherly Love.
In October 2003, the City of Philadelphia created the Department of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services (DBH/MRS) to integrate its behavioral health care and mental retardation services into a single comprehensive system. Beginning in March 2011, a federal law required that the term “mental retardation” be changed to “intellectual disability.” As a result, the department’s name became “Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS).”
DBHIDS has four components:
- Office of Mental Health (OMH)
- Office of Addiction Services (OAS), formerly known as the Coordinating Office for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Programs (CODAAP)
- Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS)
- Community Behavioral Health (CBH)
Prior to 2003, three of the four components, OMH, OAS (CODAAP), and IDS (MRS), were units of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. These three offices had been administering county-operated behavioral health and intellectual disability programs for over 35 years.
The fourth component, CBH, is Philadelphia’s not-for-profit managed care entity. The city established CBH in 1997 to manage behavioral health care services for Philadelphia’s 475,000 Medicaid recipients. The creation of CBH served as the catalyst for the development of Philadelphia’s current behavioral health system.
DBHIDS provides its services via a network of mental health and intellectual disability provider agencies. The department also partners with the Philadelphia School District, child welfare systems, and judicial systems to promote recovery, resilience & self-determination for people in recovery.