What we do
The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) works with the Philadelphia School District, child welfare and judicial systems, and with families and communities to provide care and services for:
- People with mental illness.
- People struggling with addictions.
- People with intellectual disabilities.
We embrace a vision of recovery, resilience, and self-determination through a model of care that is directed by the person in recovery. In this model, professional treatment, along with family, individual, and other resources, allows people to manage their own conditions and build their own recovery resources.
We also help people with intellectual disabilities live self-determined lives in their communities by providing quality support and services.
David T. Jones is the commissioner at DBHIDS. Jones provides oversight to the department, a $1 billion healthcare agency with nearly 800 employees. As a behavioral health administrator with over 25 years of progressive management experience, Jones has produced measurable results to improve the lives of children, adults, and families with behavioral health needs.
Jones possesses deep knowledge of state and federal regulations, including Medicaid managed care and mental health rehabilitation standards. He has managed both an urban and suburban public behavioral health system that increased access to care and expanded the range of services available to residents with behavioral health care needs.