“Philly mental health community reflects on Byberry state hospital closure 25 years later “

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This June 22, 2015 article on the NewsWorks website talks about the need to commemorate the people who suffered at Philadelphia State Hospital or “Byberry” as it is often called.  The article also points out that people with mental health issues generally do better when they can receive services in the community instead of being placed in a large institution.  The article also indicates that by nature, large institutions sacrifice the humanity of the people placed there in exchange for efficiency of the work.

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“Philadelphia succeeds without ‘asylums'”

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This April 21, 2015 article on the Philly.com website talks about the ways that Philly is succeeding when it comes to caring for and treating people with mental health issues.

“This Philadelphia government agency means $4 billion to the city’s economy, study claims”

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This April 6, 2015 article on the Philadelphia Business Journal website talks about a study done by the Scattergood Foundation that shows that for every $1 spent on Behavioral Health in Philadelphia, $2.50 is generated that is put back into the city.  The article briefly explains how this happens.

“Trauma courses train teachers, other staff on behavioral health issues”

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This December 2014 article on The Notebook website, talks about training that educators in Philadelphia on Mental Health First Aid and trauma training.

“Radically different approach to hearing voices aims to empower those affected”

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This October 24, 2014 NewsWorks article talks about an approach to treating people who hear voices that goes against the traditional thinking of not discussing the voices with the person.  The program is being used in Philadelphia.

“Mental Health Court an alternative for non-violent offenders”

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This October 17, 2014 article on the Philadelphia Tribune website talks about the Mental health court in Philadelphia.  It is said to be the first of it’s kind, and it’s goal is to get help for non-violent offenders who have a mental health issue, in order to set the offender up for success as opposed to failure after they have served their sentence.

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“Get mental-health check up”

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This October 9, 2014 Philly.com article talks about efforts being made in Philly to improve access to mental health services through screening and education.

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