September 12, 2017 – Mental health experts from around the globe have converged in the Delaware Valley to discuss ways to address behavioral issues.
Philadelphia has been a leader among local governments in handling behavioral health issues, which is why the International Urban Regional Collaborative traveled to exchange ideas in the city, according to NewsWorks.
Effectively recognizing and managing behavioral issues helps limit the number of people living in active addiction and curb the opioid epidemic:
“We really are going to be focusing going forward on bolstering the child and family component of our behavioral health system,” [David Jones, Philadelphia’s Commissioner of Behavioral Health] said. “Inherent in that strategy encompasses our long-term effort to combat a number of challenges that we are having in our city our country and throughout the world, chief among them being the opioid epidemic.”
Isabella Goldie from Scotland says she’s impressed by Philadelphia’s approach on mental health.
“The trauma-informed approach is something that is quite unique to Philadelphia to weave it all the way through the layers of service provision,” she said, referring to care that asks “what happened to you?” instead of “what is wrong with you?”
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