Philadelphia: Behavioral Health Leads Trauma-Informed Community Change
June 20, 2016, Tags: Community Spotlight, Philadelphia, trauma-informed approach
From the SAMHSA blog
For many years, the City of Philadelphia has been leading efforts to develop and integrate trauma-informed approaches in city-wide services. One example is the Porch Light Program, a unique collaboration among local artists, individuals experiencing behavioral health challenges, service providers, educators and city residents. Together they create public art in neighborhoods across the city to build connections, improve morale, and heal communities by exploring health issues. Since 2007, more than 20 murals have been created, focusing on issues like trauma, homelessness, immigration, substance use disorders, violence, and community tensions. Guided trolley tours of the murals, with tour guides and Behavioral Health Peer Specialists, provide an opportunity for the public to learn about the artwork and the issues.