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System Transformation

The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilities Services (DBHIDS) has been actively transforming Philadelphia's behavioral health system.  This system transformation is rooted in a recovery and resilience-oriented approach.  This approach supports person-directed and self-determined care that builds on the strengths and resilience of individuals, children, family members, other allies, and communities to take responsibility for their sustained health, wellness and recovery from behavioral health challenges.  This movement represents a shift from a professionally driven acute care approach to an approach that provides long-term supports while recognizing the many pathways to recovery.  

Recovery Transformation consists of four primary strategies:

  • Building community capacity

  • Enhancing treatment quality

  • Changing administrative structures

  • Mobilizing people with behavioral health and substance use challenges, their families and other significant person(s)

To learn more about Philadelphia's System Transformation efforts, and to find more resources, papers and tools, go to