“MHASP opened the doors of a new project conceived by the Center for Mental Health Services: the Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma (ADS Center). The goal of the ADS Center is to help consumers, family members, advocates, managed care organizations, providers, local communities, and states design, implement and operate programs and campaigns to reduce discrimination and stigma associated with mental illness.” 

“With generous grants from both the First Hospital Foundation and Glaxo-SmithKline/United Way, MHASP hired a Psychiatric Nurse Specialist…the nurse’s mandate is to work to improve the health of the consumers who visit the three MHASP Philadelphia drop-in centers…”

“Following the deaths of two individuals with serious mental health conditions at the hands of the Philadelphia Police Department and the Amtrak police, respectively, MHASP began an intensive initiative to get the Philadelphia Police Department to adopt the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) model. CIT, created in Memphis, Tenn., in 1988, is an award-winning model of community policing that has resulted in a significant decrease in injuries to officers and civilians and that has helped divert individuals with mental illnesses from the criminal justice system into treatment. With the help of Project H.O.M.E. and the Homeless Advocacy Project, MHASP succeeded in getting the Philadelphia Police Department to create the Police Task Force on Crisis Intervention, on which MHASP serves. This is a first step toward bringing CIT to Philadelphia.”

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2000'sSusan Rogers