Philadelphia is an epicenter of transformation in the system of care for people with mental illness and addictions. This Philadelphia Daily News profile last week of a North Philadelphia recovery center gives a good introduction to both how and why, under the leadership of Dr. Arthur C. Evans, commissioner of the city’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services:
His model aims to improve results by helping addicts achieve long-term stability, instead of just getting them clean and sending them on their way.
In the past, Evans said, addicts often would “go through a 28-day program, get discharged and hope to do OK.”
“And now my department says, ‘Well, we really need to fund things that help people with their long-term recovery, all those life skills that are really important…
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