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“Making a Difference” Award Nominations

February 8, 2016

The Mayor’s Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission is sponsoring its 19th annual “Making a Difference” awards dinner on Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The purpose of the event is to publicly acknowledge the tireless efforts of organizations and individuals who work or volunteer to prevent substance abuse in Philadelphia. To learn more, take a look at Mayor […]

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City Bans Smoking at Psychiatric Hospitals

December 14, 2015

Philadelphia (December 14, 2015) – Starting today, smoking is officially prohibited at each of the city’s 14 acute inpatient psychiatric hospitals, which every year treat thousands of people who have a serious mental health condition. Individuals admitted for psychiatric treatment – voluntarily or involuntarily – are no longer permitted to smoke cigarettes or use any […]

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Newly Released Person First Guidelines

August 13, 2015

Just-Released: Person First Guidelines Words are among the most powerful tools for communication that human beings have at their disposal. They can be used to heal, affirm motivate, inform, build capacity and consensus, inspire, praise, and educate. Unwittingly, and often with no intent at malice, they can be used to minimize, marginalize, pathologize, stigmatize and oppress. The fields […]

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Revolutionizing Population Health Management With Online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

July 30, 2015

September 2015 — Free Executive Web Briefing Sponsored By Beating the Blues US Presented By: Samantha Matlin, Director of Evaluation and Community Impact, Scattergood Foundation and former Special Advisor to the Commissioner and Senior Director for Health Promotion, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) & Dana Careless, Manager for Health Promotion, […]

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Just-Released: Final Evaluation of the Porch Light Study

July 7, 2015

The Yale School of Medicine spent four years evaluating our Porch Light program – a collaborative endeavor of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and DBHIDS that aims to catalyze positive changes in the community, improve the physical environment, create opportunities for social connectedness, develop skills to enhance resilience and recovery, promote community and social inclusion, shed […]

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MEDIA ADVISORY: “Fables of Fortune” Mural Dedication (7/1)

June 12, 2015

Philadelphia’s Strength-based and Community-oriented Mural about Gambling Community-wide effort to strengthen awareness of “problem gambling” – especially amongst Philadelphia’s Asian immigrant communities PHILADELPHIA, PA – Located in the heart of South Philadelphia’s Asian-American community – and only blocks away from Philadelphia’s casinos – the new mural, Fables of Fortune, is about problem gambling. Research suggests […]

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MHFA Newsletter

May 1, 2015

Check out the Spring 2015 issue of our Mental Health First Aid Newsletter for up-to-date information on trainings and events. Download: MHFA Newsletter Spring 2015 ________________________________________ Past Issues Download: MHFA Newsletter Winter 2014 Download: MHFA Newsletter Fall 2014

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DBHIDS Heat Safety Policy

April 2, 2015

Service Providers: For your reference, here is the annual distribution of the DBHIDS Heat Safety Policy. The information remains the same this year. The Policy contains safety measures for the following OMH and OAS funded programs: residential programs (includes congregate, individual living arrangements and recovery houses), licensed drug and alcohol facilities, and mental health targeted […]

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Children’s Behavioral Health Stakeholders Gathering, Jan 8, 2015

January 5, 2015

Blue Ribbon Commission on Children: A look back and the path ahead. On Jan 8th, DBHIDS will convene a stakeholder gathering with representatives from the city’s child serving community, parents and youth, focusing on the transformation of children’s behavioral health services and the overall promotion of social and emotional wellbeing for children. The event will […]

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Respite: Need a break?

October 6, 2014

Available from November 1 through June 30 =Respite care is short term care that allows parents/guardians of children (ages 6 to 15) with a behavioral health diagnosis to take a break from the daily routine and stress of caregiving

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