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File #: 170026    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 1/26/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 1/26/2017
Title: Honoring and Recognizing Dr. Arthur C. Evans for his accomplishments and numerous contributions to the City of Philadelphia on the occasion of his retirement from the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services and congratulating him on his appointment as CEO of the American Psychological Association.
Sponsors: Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. Signature17002600.pdf
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Honoring and Recognizing Dr. Arthur C. Evans for his accomplishments and numerous contributions to the City of Philadelphia on the occasion of his retirement from the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services and congratulating him on his appointment as CEO of the American Psychological Association.

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WHEREAS, Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D. holds a doctorate in clinical/community psychology from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in experimental psychology from Florida Atlantic University, where he also completed his undergraduate work; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Evans, is the Commissioner of Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS) - a $1 billion healthcare agency that is the behavioral health and intellectual disabilities safety net for 1.5 million Philadelphians; and

WHEREAS, DBHIDS has undergone a system-wide transformation under the leadership of Dr. Evans. Improved outcomes for people accessing services and has resulted in fewer inpatient admissions, visits to crisis centers, and significant cost savings that the City has reinvested in community-based services and supports; and

WHEREAS, Prior to his work in Philadelphia, Dr. Evans was the Deputy Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, where he led major strategic initiatives for the Connecticut behavioral healthcare system. He played a significant role in implementing a recovery-oriented policy framework, addressing healthcare disparities, and increasing the use of evidence-based practices, leading edge research, and community engagement; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Evans holds faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and has held faculty appointments at the Yale University School of Medicine and Quinnipiac University; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Evans has been recognized nationally for his w...

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