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Faith & Spiritual Affairs Unit

Strengthen Recovery through Faith and Cultural Partnerships and Collaborations

Battling addiction or other behavioral health issues can be one of the toughest challenges a person ever faces. Spirituality, faith and culture can help individuals discover inner strength, resilience and self-determination as they travel the path to wellness and recovery.

In 2005, the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services created a Faith-Based Initiative to build partnerships with city churches, mosques, and synagogues to reach members in various faith communities. These coalitions provide another way to connect people with behavioral health and developmental disabilities with needed supports and services.

DBHIDS has long recognized the importance of forging a strong partnership with Philadelphia’s faith community to help integrate the principle of faith in its behavioral health services. Today, the Faith and Spiritual Affairs (formerly known as Faith-based) Unit is responsible for:

  • Building partnerships with faith leaders and faith-based organizations throughout Philadelphia
  • Promoting an anti-stigma message in faith communities through the use of education, community forums and other events
  • Coordination of the Faith-based Conference
  • Provide a platform for Faith-Based and Community Organizations to highlight their programs to DBHIDS staff through monthly meetings open to all staff
  • Working together with faith-based organizations to help them understand and address the needs of people receiving services in local communities
  • Creating curriculum and training that promotes the embedding of Faith-based Programs in all services funded/managed by DBHIDS
  • Coordination of the Faith and Spiritual Affairs Advisory Board comprised of diverse faith leaders, researchers, educators and community organizers in Philadelphia
  • Partnering with Community College of Philadelphia by scholarshiping Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) to attend the Faith and Spiritual Counseling certificate workshop
  • Translation of DBHIDS resources into South East Asian, Spanish, Indonesian and Haitian Creole languages
  • Coordination with the Mayor’s Office of Faith-based Initiatives  

Did you know…

The Faith and Spiritual Affairs Unit has reached over 600 faith-based and community organizations.

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