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  • Gun control and mental health, again

    01/31/2013 10:52:26 AM
    So I checked in on the Congressional hearings on gun control. Couple quick thoughts:First of all, WOW. Just, wow. The people making the argument against gun control are doing a better job of helping make the argument for gun control than I could have imagined. They swing between crazy, radical,...
  • Equal Dollars interview

    01/30/2013 10:44:53 AM
    On MyRHD-TV, Equal Dollars volunteer and vendor Maureen Muchison talks about her experience with Equal Dollars, our weekly Food Market, and discusses how she uses her Equals to share with friends and family.You can view it here
  • Parent Power

    01/29/2013 10:11:27 AM
    Sylvia Simms, the director of our Parent Power program, has been named to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter. Sylvia is a longtime parent advocate who founded Parent Power in our New Beginnings Incubator program in 2012.Parent Power works to organize and inform parents/caregivers around the...
  • For Women

    01/24/2013 2:36:36 PM
    Three writers from RHD's One Step Away are featured In the new book "For Women -- In tribute to Nina Simone," a collection of short stories & poems from around the world edited by Philadelphia poet Debra Powell-Wright. Emmalee, Bridgette and Ni'Yay (age 10!) were at RHD's Woodstock Family Center...
  • Gun Appreciation

    01/21/2013 10:30:42 AM
    This weekend was Gun Appreciation Day, because freedom.Anybody want to guess what happened?A bunch of people shot themselves, and we had another mass shooting. And a tragic death. Because guns.No matter what people's intentions, no matter how careful and responsible people like to think they are, more guns = more...
  • Guest blog: The role of mental health in the President's gun plan

    01/17/2013 12:04:26 PM
    By David Dan, LCSW, program development specialist at Resources for Human Development a fellow at Drexel University's Center for Non-violence and Social Justice.President Obama’s proposed actions on gun safety announced Wednesday include a number of suggestions increasing access to mental healthcare. You can read more on these elements here.I applaud these...
  • For Love of the Game

    01/15/2013 10:21:11 AM
    I love this story: RHD Nashville helps Erik, a client with autism and developmental disabilities with several challenging behaviors, return to the field to reconnect with his childhood love of baseball.Baseball is a game that, for many people, touches us and doesn't let go, reconnects us to some piece of...
  • Mental health's great gray area

    01/14/2013 10:06:16 AM
    Strong guest column in the Philadelphia Inquirer by Dr. Arthur Evans, Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) on the dangers of making mental health the focus of our reaction to the Newtown tragedy.Read it here:"Mental Health's Great Gray Area"For more on this, here's my post...
  • Scapegoat Hunter

    01/10/2013 1:30:02 PM
    Can't say it better than this:The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on FacebookThe Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on FacebookFor a reaction to the Newtown shooting, check out...
  • Live Yes

    01/09/2013 1:57:25 PM
    Here's the video RHD Nebraska's Live Yes Studio did as part of our Values Day celebration:Values Day 2012Live Yes is an alternative arts-based day program for adults with developmental disabilities that seeks to break down societal barriers and create a space where individuality is fostered. Live Yes celebrates the unique...