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Announcing the release of the Practice Guidelines

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Announcing the release of the Practice Guidelines

DBHIDS announces the release of the Practice Guidelines for Resilience and Recovery-Oriented Treatment.

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CITY OF PHILADELPHIA

Promoting Recovery, Resilience & Self Determination

Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D.
Commissioner

Michael J. Covone
Deputy Commissioner

Sadé Ali
Deputy Commissioner

Department of Behavioral Health
and Intellectual disAbility Services
1101 Market Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2907

Phone (215) 685-5400

Dear Partners,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of the Practice Guidelines for Resilience and Recovery-Oriented Treatment. Over the past six years, many stakeholders participated in focus groups, community meetings and planning efforts to develop a shared vision for our behavioral health system. These guidelines have been informed by your innovative work and valued contributions over the years.

The creation of this document would not have been possible without the dedication of many individuals. Numerous organizations, committees, workgroups and focus group participants provided invaluable feedback on earlier drafts of the document, and I would like to thank each one for their roles in shaping the final product. I would also like to give special recognition to the individuals who served on The Philadelphia Compact, The Philadelphia Recovery Advisory Committee and the Office of Addiction Services Advisory Board.

These individuals assumed key leadership roles early in our transformation process by doing the initial vision work and helping to articulate what behavioral health services should look like in Philadelphia. They did not limit their thinking to past accomplishments or familiar approaches, but truly began the process of envisioning a transformed system that would build on past successes. I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks for their contributions and commitment to the process. They are all wonderful collaborators, and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) is fortunate to have them as partners.

Within DBHIDS, the completion of the guidelines would not have been possible without the efforts of Deputy Commissioner OmiSadé Ali. I want to thank Deputy Commissioner Ali for her courageous leadership as she worked tirelessly to solicit stakeholder input and feedback around the development and refinement of the practice guidelines. In addition to working on the development of the document, she also spent much of the past year conducting inspirational presentations on the guidelines to countless Philadelphia behavioral health stakeholder groups. This milestone in our transformation process could not have been achieved without her. I would like to also thank Dr. Ijeoma Achara, who was instrumental in writing major revisions of this document as we incorporated the vast cross-section of feedback that we received.

As you all know, the guidelines cannot be implemented in a vacuum. Some of the strategies will require increased alignment of the fiscal, policy and overall administrative infrastructure to support the delivery of services that promote recovery and resilience. We are committed to this process of administrative alignment, and I have asked Deputy Commissioner Ali to oversee this process. I am confident that she will apply the same tenacity that she brought to the development of the practice guidelines.

Dr. Matthew Hurford, DBHIDS CBH Chief Medical Officer and Special Advisor to the Commissioner, will lead all of the dissemination and implementation efforts related to the practice guidelines. Dr. Hurford will continue to engage all of our partners during the implementation process, as your participation and feedback will be key to making our collective vision of a transformed system a reality.

On behalf of the executive leadership team of DBHIDS, I would like to thank you again for your continued partnership.

The Practice Guidelines for Resilience and Recovery-oriented Treatment can be found here:

The Practice Guidelines

Sincerely,

Arthur C. Evans, Jr., PhD
Commissioner
Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services

Office of Mental Health (OMH) 1101 Market St 7th Fl. Phila., PA 19107 215-685-5400
Community Behavioral Health (CBH) 801 Market St. 7th Fl. Phila., PA 19107 215-413-3100
Office of Addiction Services (OAS) 1101 Market St 8th Fl, Phila., PA 19107 215-685-5403
Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS) 701 Market St. Suite 5200 Phila., PA 19106 215 685-5900

Added 07/13/2011 by Arthur C. Evans, DBHIDS Commissioner

 
 
 
 
 
 
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