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Department Hosts Another Successful Cook-Off

December 7, 2016

The second annual DBHIDS Cook-Off was a great success, raising $633.84 for the Combined Campaign! Thanks to all who came to sample the delicious offerings Nov. 30 and voted with their dollars. This year’s cooks again put together some amazing offerings, for a great cause, and thanks also to the team at CBH and everyone […]

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Mayor Addresses Opioid Crisis in Philadelphia

November 23, 2016

On Nov. 22, Mayor Jim Kenney announced the formation of a Task Force to combat the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia. The epidemic of abuse, addiction and overdose from opioids is a national crisis that now claims the lives of more than 28,000 Americans each year. Philadelphia is projected to have 840 drug overdose deaths in 2016, […]

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Philadelphia Provides Resources to Manage Post-Election Stress

November 9, 2016

According to the American Physiological Association 2016 Presidential Election Source of Significant Stress for More Than Half of Americans PHILADELPHIA, PA –  According to the American Psychological Association, 52 percent of American adults report that the 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. The survey was conducted online among adults 18+ […]

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Post-Election Statement on Behalf of DBHIDS Commissioner

November 9, 2016

“If you are having a stressful reaction to the election, it’s important to keep a balanced perspective and help yourself or those around you to cope with post-election stress,” said Dr. Arthur Evans, Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services. “We have developed a number of strategies and resources to help […]

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DBHIDS Selected to Host Community Solutions Fellow

September 13, 2016

Tierra Pritchett and Carly Banes are pleased to announce that DBHIDS has been selected to host Elizabeth Samba, a fellow from Papua New Guinea, participating in a Community Solutions Fellowship from August through December 2016. Elizabeth is a transgender woman that goes by the preferred pronouns she/they. In Papua New Guinea, Elizabeth has worked in […]

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Hundreds Gather for iNAPS Conference

September 13, 2016

DBHIDS collaborated with the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) to bring the 10th annual National Peer Support Conference to Philadelphia. Over 500 people attended the conference Aug. 26-28, making it their largest to date. DBHIDS Commissioner Dr. Arthur Evans welcomed people to the conference via video, as he was out of the country. Visitors […]

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Taking Mental Health to the Streets

Mental Health Commission of New South Wales   -   September 1, 2016

A new approach that has taken mental health out of the clinic and onto the streets will be showcased by the Mental Health Commission of New South Wales (NSW), Australia, Aug. 31. In a guest lecture, the innovator, clinical psychologist and commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), Dr. Arthur C. […]

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Seven Department Employees Earn Degrees

August 23, 2016

At a ceremony July 27, seven DBHIDS employees were honored for earning degrees. The honorees were Tonya Harris, Michael Little, Joann Mills, Joseph Treegoob, Lora Bynum, Shani Jackson, and Andrew Best. They were joined by Commissioner Evans to celebrate their wonderful achievements.

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Health Officials Warn About Sharp Increases in Drug Overdoses Involving Fentanyl

August 19, 2016

Philadelphia, PA – Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, Behavioral Health Commissioner Dr. Arthur Evans and Deputy Fire Commissioner for Emergency Medical Services Jeremiah Laster today warned about sharp increases in fatal overdoses involving the opioid drug fentanyl.  The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) and Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) also […]

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Press Conference on Fentanyl Epidemic

August 18, 2016

Tomorrow, the City of Philadelphia will hold a press conference to address a sharp increase in fatal overdoses due to the prescription pain medication fentanyl. Fentanyl is frequently used illegally to cut heroin resulting in a stronger, more dangerous dose of the drug. The press conference will take place at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 19, […]

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