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File #: 190988    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 12/5/2019 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 12/5/2019
Title: Recognizing and honoring Joan Erney, on the occasion of her retirement as Chief Executive Officer of Community Behavioral Health, for her decades of service in the field of behavioral health.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Reynolds Brown
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy19098800
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Recognizing and honoring Joan Erney, on the occasion of her retirement as Chief Executive Officer of Community Behavioral Health, for her decades of service in the field of behavioral health.
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WHEREAS, Joan Erney, JD, has dedicated over 30 years to the behavioral health field. She has served in leadership roles at both the federal and state levels, including the Director of the Office of Planning, Policy, and Innovation at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and as the Pennsylvania Deputy Secretary for the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS); and

WHEREAS, During her tenure at the State, Erney was most proud of supporting the development of Certified Peer Specialists in the State Medicaid Program; expanding the behavioral health HealthChoices Program statewide; launching a major permanent supportive housing initiative; and jointly initiating a criminal justice partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; and

WHEREAS, In 2013, Erney began her role as the Chief Executive Officer of Community Behavioral Health (CBH), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit division of the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services in Philadelphia; and

WHEREAS, Under Erney, CBH fostered strategies for cross-system collaboration, working extensively with all child-serving and human services systems in the City. As a result, CBH was successful in expanding the use of evidence-based interventions in behavioral healthcare delivery and bolstering the availability of community-based services. With Erney at the helm, CBH also increased the use of trauma-informed care; strengthened services for individuals with serious mental illness; created tobacco-free psychiatric and drug treatment settings; and embedded behavioral health clinicians into the City's health centers; and

WHEREAS, It was during Erney's tenure that the number of Philadelphians eligible to receive behaviora...

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