Seasonal Affective Disorder Resources

For more info on seasonal affective disorder:

Psych Central

Psychology Today

NAMI

Medline Plus

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Community Mental Health Resources

**Crisis Response Centers

For Emergency Treatment and Hospitalization Five Crisis Response Centers are available to serve city residents requiring emergency behavioral health services, providing needed care in a safe setting.

The Crisis Response Centers are available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. A partial list of emergency services provided includes:   Medication restraints,   Acute therapeutic intervention,   In-patient hospitalization,   Referrals for outpatient care.

They are:

  • Einstein Crisis Response Center at Germantown

Germantown Community Health Services

One Penn Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19144

(Near the intersection of Chew Avenue and Olney Avenue, next to La Salle University)

215-951-8300

  • Friends Hospital Crisis Response Center

4641 Roosevelt Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19124

215-831-2600

  • Hall-Mercer Crisis Response Center (Center City/South Philadelphia)

245 S 8th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

215-829-5433

  • Temple University/Episcopal Crisis Response Center (North Philadelphia)

100 East Lehigh Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19125

215-707-2577

  • Mercy Hospital Crisis Response Center (West Philadelphia)

5401 Cedar Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19143

215-748-9525

  • Children’s Crisis Treatment Center
    1080 North Delaware Avenue, Suite 600
    Philadelphia, PA 19125
    P: 215-496-0707

***Local Mental Health Clinics

Philadelphia Mental Health Center

www.pmhccares.org

1235 Pine St
Philadelphia
(215) 735-9381

Philadelphia Mental Health Cr

http://www.pmhcc.org
123 S Broad St
Philadelphia
(215) 546-0300

Mental Health Association

http://www.mhasp.org
1211 Chestnut St
Philadelphia
(215) 751-1800

John F Kennedy Behavioural Health Center

http://www.jfkmhmr.org

112 N Broad St
Philadelphia
(215) 568-0860

Fairmount Behavioral Health System

http://www.fairmountbhs.com

561 Fairthorne Ave
Philadelphia
(215) 487-4100

Community Behavioral Health

http://www.dbhmrs.org

Ste 7000
801 Market St, Philadelphia
(215) 413-3100

The Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) in Philadelphia are non-profit organizations providing mental health services to the community. Any Philadelphia resident can use the services of any CMHC listed below.

Hall-Mercer Community
245 South 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: 215-829-5433

Citizens Acting Together Can Help, Inc. (CATCH)
1409 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Telephone: 215-735-7435

The Consortium, Inc.
University City Counseling Center
451 University Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
and
Southwest Counseling Center
6408 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19142
Telephone: 215-596-8163, 215-596-8000, ext. 229 (intake for both locations)

Children’s Outpatient Services
26 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215-596-8300

Community Council for Mental Health and Mental Retardation
4900 Wyalusing Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Telephone: 215-473-7033

Wes Health Centers
1006 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133
Telephone: 215-226-7100

Community Organization for Mental Health and Retardation, Inc. (COMHAR)
3201 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Telephone: 215-427-5800

Intercommunity Action, Inc. (Interac)
6012 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Telephone: 215-487-1330
Special service of Interac:
Mental Health Services for Deaf Consumers
Telephone: 215-487-2134
TTY: 215-487-7718

Northwestern Human Services
27 East Mount Airy Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Telephone: 215-248-6700

Dr. Warren E. Smith Health Centers
1315 Windrim Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Telephone: 215-455-3900

Northeast Community Center for Mental Health and Mental Retardation
Roosevelt Boulevard and Adams Avenue
Orleans Building
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Telephone: 215-831-2800

People Acting to Help, Inc. (PATH)
8220 Castor Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152
Telephone: 215-728-4600

Northwestern Human Services of Philadelphia
Benjamin Rush Division
11082 Knights Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Telephone: 215-632-9040
For further assistance, contact:

Philadelphia Office of Mental Health & Mental Retardation
1101 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2907
Telephone: 215-685-5460

From philaup.org
Federally Qualified Community Mental Health Centers in Philadelphia

John F. Kennedy Center 112 N. Broad St. 215-568-0860
Hall-Mercer 8th and Locust Sts. 215-829-5249
CATCH, Inc. 1409 Lombard St. 215-735-7435
Consortium CMH/MRC 4912 Chester Ave. 215-596-8163
Community Council 4900 Wyalusing Ave. 215-473-7033
Dr. Warren E. Smith Centers 1006 W. Lehigh Ave. 215-226-7100
CO-MHAR 100 W. Lehigh Ave 215-427-6600
INTERAC 6012 Ridge Ave 215-487-0915
Northwest Human Services 27 E. Mt Airy Ave. 215-991-3802
Warren E. Smith Centers 1315 Windrim Ave. 215-456-2626
NE Community Center Roosevelt Blvd. & Adams Ave. 215-831-2800
PATH 8220 Castor Ave. 215-728-4600
Benjamin Rush Center 11082 Knights Rd. 215-632-9040

More Domestic Violence Resources

The following Organizations and Agencies that work in various ways to support women, individuals of color, survivors and victims of sexual violence, LBGTQIAA populations AND MORE!  If you need help please know that you are NOT ALONE and that there IS ALWAYS HELP AVAILABLE.  Click below to learn more about and  connect with resources.  If I have missed anyone please feel free to share!

WOAR

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT

PUSSY DIVISION

Me Too

Trans Care at The Mazzoni Center

Project Safe

The Attic Youth Center

PAVE

Find Your Voice

NAACP

Permanent Wave Philly

The Wooden Shoe

March Against Rape Culture!

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The March Against Rape Culture is a way for people to speak up and fight back against sexual violence and our culture that teaches women to avoid rape instead of teaching men NOT TO RAPE.  I believe in an individual’s right to consent no matter their outfit, attitude, sexuality, gender or state of being.  No means no.

For more information about this march, and its origins read in the Philly Declaration, and here,

and in the South Philly Review too!

 

Resources are on their own page here

 

 

 

 

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The Affordable Care Act: What Counselors Should Know

Find the original here.

I wanted to post this information on my blog as a resource to counselors, clients, and those who like to be aware.  I did not write this, so if you have questions, concerns, or inquires please contact the author below, whom I do not know.

For more information contact: Scott Barstow, Director of Public Policy & Legislation
American Counseling Association   703-823-9800 x234      sbarstow@counseling.org

The Affordable Care Act: What Counselors Should Know

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law on March 23, 2010, following several
decades of work by Presidents and members of Congress of both political parties to establish a health care
system providing coverage for all Americans. The Affordable Care Act (as the law is commonly referred to)
continues our nation’s reliance on both the private and public health care systems. The Affordable Care Act
(ACA) is designed to establish consistent rules and consumer protections for the private health insurance system;
expand access to health insurance coverage; and reduce the rate of growth of health care spending.  It is
important that counselors have a basic understanding of the law and how it works, and how it affects their
profession. This is especially important because the law is still in the early stages of being implemented.
Provisions in Effect Now
The Act includes many provisions which should help licensed professional counselors in their day-to-day
life as health care providers. The changes and protections applying to private health insurance plans vary depending on whether or not the plans are currently operating—aka “grandfathered” health plans —or are new plans being offered in the individual or group market. In order to allow people to keep the coverage they currently have, the Act makes fewer requirements of grandfathered health plans than on new ones.
Existing health plans can maintain “grandfathered” status as long as they do not:
  • Eliminate all or substantially all benefits to diagnose or treat a particular condition;
  • Increase cost-sharing significantly;
  • Substantially decrease the employer’s premium contribution;
  • Impose or reduce annual or lifetime dollar limit on coverage.
The Act makes the following requirements, now, of all health plans, including grandfathered plans:
  • Prohibition on lifetime coverage limits, including on mental health & substance use services;
  • Prohibition on health plans rescinding coverage, except in cases of fraud or intentional misrepresentation;
  • Reporting of medical loss ratios (the amount of money plans actually spend paying for services), and premium rebates to enrollees if plans don’t meet minimum medical loss ratio requirements;
  • Extend coverage for dependent children up to age 26;
  • Develop uniform explanation of coverage documents.
The Act creates a much broader array of safeguards for new health plans  In addition to the requirements already listed for grand-fathered health plans, new health plans must:
  • Restrict their use of annual coverage limits;
  • Implement an effective appeals process for coverage determinations and claims, including notice to enrollees of available internal and external appeals processes, and allowing enrollees to review their files;
  • Cover preexisting conditions for children under age 19.

Importantly, non-grandfathered health plans must cover certain preventive health services without patient cost-sharing.  The current list of preventive health services which plans must cover is listed at http://www.healthcare.gov/news/factsheets/2010/07/preventive-services-list.html, and includes, among many other services:

For all adults:
depression screening, alcohol misuse screening and counseling, obesity screening and counseling, HIV screening, STI prevention counseling, and tobacco use screening and cessation interventions.
For women: domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling, cervical cancer screening, and contraception.
For children: alcohol and drug use assessments for adolescents, depression screening for adolescents, immunizations, STI prevention counseling and screening for adolescents at higher risk, obesity screening and counseling, and behavioral assessments for children of all ages.
Beginning 2014
Most of the big stuff in the Affordable Care Act happens in 2014. For health plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, health plans (which are not grandfathered health plans) will have to meet the following requirements:
  • Plans cannot “discriminate with respect to participation under the plan or coverage against any health care provider who is acting within the scope of that provider’s license or certification under applicable State law”;
  • Plans must cover a package of essential health benefits, including “mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment”;
  • Nondiscrimination in eligibility or coverage based on health status;
  • Guaranteed issue and renewability of coverage;
  • Coverage of preexisting conditions, for all ages;
  • Abide by community rating rules, restricting plans’ ability to require exorbitantly high premiums based on age, gender, or health status;
  • Limit “waiting periods” for enrollee eligibility to no more than 90 days.
The prohibition against plans discriminating against providers on the basis of their type of license does
not require plans to contract with any provider who wants to be on their panel; plans decide how many
providers, of which type, they want. However, the provision should stop health plans from having a blanket policy of not covering counselors.
The requirement that plans cover mental health and substance use disorder services dovetails with the 2008
Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). The Parity Act states that if plans cover mental health and addictive disorder services, they must do so under the same terms and conditions as apply to substantially all other general medical services covered. Thus, the Affordable Care Act will extend MHPAEA protections to all
new health plans.
2014 is also the year that “Affordable Insurance Exchanges” begin operation. Exchanges will either be set up by your State, or will be run for your State by the federal government. Individuals and small businesses will be able to buy insurance from health plans participating in the Exchanges, in many cases using tax credits and subsidies. Having all these people pooled together, choosing among health plans offering the same package of services, will
help keep premiums lower. Members of Congress will also get their coverage through the Exchanges. Although plans will be able to offer health insurance coverage outside of the Exchanges, they will still have to abide by the same patient protection requirements listed above, including the provider nondiscrimination provision, guaranteed issue and renewability, coverage of preexisting conditions, and community rating rules.

Although regulations implementing these and other provisions of the Act are still being finalized, state insurance departments maintain their traditional authority over regulation of health insurers, and are given primary authority to enforce the Act’s insurance market reforms. This is the same structure used for other federal laws, like MHPAEA.

Medicaid

The primary way the Affordable Care Act increases access to health insurance is to expand eligibility for Medicaid. With the 2012 Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, though, Medicaid expansion is an option for states, and not a requirement. Although the federal government will pick up almost all of the funding for expanding state Medicaid programs, many states are considering foregoing this funding and leaving thousands of their residents without coverage. Regardless, though, states remain responsible for designing their Medicaid programs–including determining which providers are covered under them. Counselors should know that Medicaid programs are notorious for low reimbursement rates.

Integrated Care, Medicare, and Accountable Care Organizations
The Affordable Care Act includes a number of provisions to try to ‘bend the cost curve’ of health care spending, which in the U.S. has routinely grown much faster than the rate of inflation. The Act sets up grant programs under the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to foster the development of, and track the results of, integrated systems of care. Counselors in several parts of the country are participating in integrated systems of care, and ACA believes that behavioral health
services are a necessary part of these systems. We encourage counselors to share with us their experiences in working with–or trying to work within- -integrated systems of care, so that we are able to track developments in this next generation of healthcare delivery systems. To do this, contact Rebecca Daniel-Burke at
rburke@counseling.org.
The Affordable Care Act does not make significant changes to Medicare’s benefit package. The Act does, however, set up a mechanism for testing out new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). In ACOs, integrated systems of care would be paid a fixed, capitated amount for providing all necessary services for Medicare beneficiaries, instead of providers being reimbursed on the usual fee-for-service basis. ACA is continuing to work to explicitly
establish Medicare coverage of outpatient psychotherapy provided by LPCs. To find out how you can help in this effort–and we do need your help!–contact Scott Barstow at sbarstow@counseling.org, or at 800-347-6647 x234

Crisis and Prevention Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Suicide and Crisis Intervention Hotline (215) 686-4420

National Domestic Violence Hotline

www.thehotline.org

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

National Dating Abuse Helpline

www.loveisrespect.org

1-866-331-9474

National Youth Crisis Line

1-800-442-HOPE (4673)

National Center for Victims of Crime

1-800-FYI-CALL

GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project Hotline

Hotline: 1-800-832-1901

RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Hotline

1.800.656.HOPE

Philadelphia Medical Clinics

Federal Health Centers

Health Care is available to uninsured and low-income people through a variety of programs. No one should be forced to do without health care. A more detailed description of health programs is found in another UIC publication called Guaranteeing Health Care for Pennsylvania’s Uninsured.
This section covers how to see a doctor and what health care programs are available for low income and uninsured people, including hospital care.

How to see a Doctor

It is a difficult task for many uninsured people to find a doctor to provide needed medical services. Without health insurance this proves to be a difficult task. Throughout Philadelphia and the suburbs there are city, federal and community health centers that provide free or low-cost health care to uninsured individuals. They may charge a small fee for services, depending on your income and family, but services are free for those who cannot afford to pay. These health centers will provide quality care to people whether or not they have insurance.

Each of the health centers offers a variety of services and not all of the health centers offer the same services. Services available at the health centers include internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice, lab tests, X-rays, immunizations, dental care for children, minimal dental care for adults, prenatal care as part of the Maternal and Infant Care Program, family planning services and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Food Program. The Centers will also fill prescriptions written by their doctors. Some health centers have evening hours and some help arrange transportation for you. A number of the clinics have staff that speak Spanish and others have staff that speak some Asian languages and Russian.

Be sure to call ahead to find which health center has the services you need.

Federal Health Centers

Federal Health Centers are federally funded health centers that also provide low cost Health Care. Generally at federal health centers you may be asked to pay a small fee for services.

Services Provided

  • Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)
  • Family Planning Services
  • Social Services (Counseling)
  • Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC)
  • Food Supplement Program
  • Maternal and Infant Care Program (MIC)
  • Physical Examinations, Internal medicine

Call each center for individual hours and additional services.

North Philadelphia

Fairmount Health Center (15th and Fairmount) 215-235-7944
Quality Community Healthcare 2813 W. Diamond St (215) 765-6690
Quality Community Healthcare 2501 West Lehigh Ave (215) 843-2580
Hunting Park Health Center (20th and Hunting Park) (215) 739-4950
Maria de Los Santos Health Center 452 W Allegheny (215) 235-1818
APM Community Center (Front and Westmoreland) 215-339-5100
APM Community Health Center (6th and Susquehanna) 215-763-4445
Broad Street Clinic 1415 North Broad St. (Broad and Master) 215-227-0300
Hope Clinic Broad and Susquehanna) (215) 236-0315
Temple Health Connection (1035 West Berks) (215) 685-2684

Northeast Philadelphia

Frankford Ave. Health Center 4510 Frankford Ave.(Frankford and Sellers 215-471-2761
LaSalle Health Center (Rising Sun and Adams) (215) 235-9600

Southeast Philadelphia

South East Health Center 930 Washington Ave (215) 769-1100
Wilson Park Center 2520 Snyder Ave. 215-755-7700

West and Southwest Philadelphia

Health Annex- PENN Nursing Network (5803 Kingsessing) (215) 728-6404
Haddington Health Center 5619 Vine St. 215-291-2500
Woodland Ave. Health Center (55th and Woodland) (215) 726-9807
Vaux Family Health 260 S Broad St 215-985-2500

Center City

Mary Howard Health Center 125 South 9th Street (215) 228-9300
11th Street Medical Help & Services 850 North 11th Street (215) 744-1302

Philadelphia City Mental Health Clinics

Philadelphia Mental Health Center

www.pmhccares.org

1235 Pine St
Philadelphia
(215) 735-9381

Philadelphia Mental Health Cr

www.pmhcc.org
123 S Broad St
Philadelphia
(215) 546-0300

Mental Health Association

www.mhasp.org
1211 Chestnut St
Philadelphia
(215) 751-1800

John F Kennedy Behavioural Health Center

www.jfkmhmr.org

112 N Broad St
Philadelphia
(215) 568-0860

Fairmount Behavioral Health System

www.fairmountbhs.com

561 Fairthorne Ave
Philadelphia
(215) 487-4100

Community Behavioral Health

www.dbhmrs.org

Ste 7000
801 Market St, Philadelphia
(215) 413-3100

The Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) in Philadelphia are non-profit organizations providing mental health services to the community. Any Philadelphia resident can use the services of any CMHC listed below.

Hall-Mercer Community
245 South 8th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Telephone: 215-829-5433

Citizens Acting Together Can Help, Inc. (CATCH)
1409 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Telephone: 215-735-7435

The Consortium, Inc.
University City Counseling Center
451 University Avenue
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
and
Southwest Counseling Center
6408 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19142
Telephone: 215-596-8163, 215-596-8000, ext. 229 (intake for both locations)

Children’s Outpatient Services
26 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: 215-596-8300

Community Council for Mental Health and Mental Retardation
4900 Wyalusing Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Telephone: 215-473-7033

Wes Health Centers
1006 West Lehigh Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19133
Telephone: 215-226-7100

Community Organization for Mental Health and Retardation, Inc. (COMHAR)
3201 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Telephone: 215-427-5800

Intercommunity Action, Inc. (Interac)
6012 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Telephone: 215-487-1330
Special service of Interac:
Mental Health Services for Deaf Consumers
Telephone: 215-487-2134
TTY: 215-487-7718

Northwestern Human Services
27 East Mount Airy Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19128
Telephone: 215-248-6700

Dr. Warren E. Smith Health Centers
1315 Windrim Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
Telephone: 215-455-3900

Northeast Community Center for Mental Health and Mental Retardation
Roosevelt Boulevard and Adams Avenue
Orleans Building
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Telephone: 215-831-2800

People Acting to Help, Inc. (PATH)
8220 Castor Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152
Telephone: 215-728-4600

Northwestern Human Services of Philadelphia
Benjamin Rush Division
11082 Knights Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Telephone: 215-632-9040
For further assistance, contact:

Philadelphia Office of Mental Health & Mental Retardation
1101 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2907
Telephone: 215-685-5460

Substance Abuse Resources, Philadelphia

SAMHSA www.samhsa.gov/

AA/NA www.aa.org, www.na.org, www.justfortoday.org

National Institute on Drug Abuse http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/organization

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism www.niaaa.nih.gov/

List of Philadelphia Drug and Alcohol Treatment Options http://www.philadelphia.pa.networkofcare.org/mh/services/subcategory.aspx?tax=RX-8450.8000#