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The I/DD population is particularly susceptible to heat related illness and death.

Summer is the perfect opportunity to have fun and enjoy the weather while using summer safety practices. The summer heat poses some serious risks; about 40 deaths a year in Philadelphia are caused by heat. The I/DD population is particularly susceptible to heat related illness and death because of side-effects of medications, communication challenges, and a greater frequency of medical conditions.

People are at higher risk of heat related illness and death if they have:

  • high blood pressure or diabetes;
  • take water pills;
  • are overweight or underweight;
  • have an infection or fever;
  • have vomiting or diarrhea;
  • or have been drinking alcohol or caffeine. ... Learn More


New program for inidividuals with I/DD and mental health challenges

Do you know an individual who has dual diagnosis who is struggling in his/her current home, who has been hospitalized or used crisis services several times over the last year? Community Behavioral Health (CBH), Philadelphia’s Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization, has just recently opened a new program known as the Behavioral Health/Intellectual Disabilities Community Treatment Team (BHID CTT). This team is designed to support people who have dual diagnosis and to help them remain in their Current living arrangement. ... Learn More



We offer face-to-face Dual Diagnosis Curriculum trainings. Click the image to download our Training Request Form.

PCHC staff is now available to offer FACE TO FACE trainings on the topics listed below that are part of the Official Pennsylvania Dual Diagnosis Curriculum:

Additional topics will become available during this calendar year. The topics are designed to develop DSP competency in dual diagnosis support and are complimentary to the National Association for Dual Diagnosis DSP Certification.

If you would like to schedule a training for your agency, just submit a Training Request Form or call the Education Department at 215.546.0300 ex. 3681 for more details.

Learn more about the PA Dual Diagnosis Direct Support Curriculum.


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