The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), one of five departments under the City’s Office of Health and Human Services, offers behavioral health care, intellectual disability supports and early intervention services in one comprehensive integrated system.
DBHIDS has six divisions:
- Division of Behavioral Health
- Division of Intellectual disAbility Services (IDS)
- Division of Community Behavioral Health (CBH)
- Division of the Chief Medical Officer
- Division of Planning and Innovation
- Division of Administration & Finance
Services are offered through a network of provider agencies. DBHIDS also collaborates with the Philadelphia School District, the child welfare and judicial systems, and other stakeholders. It is through these many partnerships that DBHIDS is able to serve Philadelphians who need help and support.
DBHIDS has a responsibility to serve the city’s most vulnerable people as evidenced by its longstanding commitment to recovery, resilience, and self-determination. Traditionally, the department has prioritized services to individuals who are experiencing a health-related condition or intellectual disability to improve their outcomes. While that focus remains, DBHIDS has extended its reach and impact.
Today, DBHIDS is striving to serve everyone in the community—not just those with a diagnosis. The department takes an active role in promoting the health and wellness of all Philadelphians through a population health approach. By empowering the entire community to take charge of their health, DBHIDS helps to create a Philadelphia in which every resident can thrive.
The mission of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services is to educate, strengthen, and serve individuals and communities so that all Philadelphians can thrive.
DBHIDS envisions a Philadelphia where every individual can achieve health, well-being, and self-determination.
Drug-Free Coalitions (DFC) are community-based groups (CBOs) located in a defined neighborhood or ZIP code. They can receive funds and free capacity-building technical assistance (TA) to tackle specific issues, like the accessibility and availability of drugs and alcohol, which have a negative impact on the success of youth and the safety of the community. There are currently many active Coalitions working to improve outcomes and qualify of life in their communities.
Coalition members include parents, youth, civic/volunteer organizations, youth-serving organizations, schools, businesses, law enforcement, health professionals, religious/fraternal organizations, state/local government, substance abuse organizations and media. Coalitions, with funding support and training from Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America and the National Guard Joint Counter Drug Task Force, develop short-term, intermediate and long-term solutions for change.
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