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Increasing the use of evidence-based practices

Over the past decade, the City of Philadelphia has supported evidence-based practices, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, by funding training initiatives and creating infrastructure in the local mental health system.

In 2017, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania surveyed hundreds of therapists in community mental health organizations in Philadelphia to understand their experiences in using evidence-based practices.  

Their most striking finding? Many clinicians shared that they are “not at all” rewarded or recognized for implementing evidence-based practice.  

In February 2018, we launched a month-long Your Big Idea Challenge to learn more about this topic from frontline clinicians.  We asked, how can your organization help you use evidence-based practices in your work?  Therapists from across the city submitted 66 ideas.

The Challenge Committee, led by Commissioner Jones, selected six winning ideas to be presented at an IDEA Gala in May 2018.

The gala was a great success, celebrating the winning clinicians and their innovative contributions. The event brought together health services researchers, mental health clinicians, and administrators to discuss new ideas for facilitating more extensive use of evidence-based practices in Philadelphia's mental health system

Click here to learn more about the event and the winning submissions.

The IDEA Gala award winners and Challenge Committee members. (l to r) David Jones, Pedro Molteni, Shivan Mehta, Lisa Gaub, Kamilah Jackson, David Medina, Arturo Zinny, Michael Wintering, Cherie Brummans, Katrina Kirby, Alison Buttenheim, and Molly Stubbs. Photo credit: Hoag Levins, LDI.

Challenge Committee

Doug Jones

David T. Jones, MS
Commissioner
Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services

Arturo Zinny

Arturo Zinny, LPC, MA
Project Manager, Philadelphia Alliance for Child Trauma Services
Community Behavioral Health

Cherie Brummans

Cherie Brummans, MBA
CEO & Executive Director
The Alliance of Community Service Providers

Kamilah Jackson

Kamilah Jackson, MD, MPH
Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Community Behavioral Health

Alison M. Buttenheim

Alison M. Buttenheim, PhD, MBA
Associate Professor of Nursing
Assistant Professor of Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine 
Senior Fellow, Leonard David Institute of Health Economics
University of Pennsylvania

Shivan Mehta

Shivan Mehta, MD, MBA, MSHP
Associate Chief Innovation Officer, Center for Health Care Innovation
Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania