In Philadelphia, the poorest of the largest cities in the U.S., the Penn Collaborative works with the city’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) and Community Behavioral Health (CBH) to provide training and support for community mental health agencies, to deliver the most rigorous, evidence-based treatments for people with mental health needs.
In 2021, that partnership expanded to include therapists serving all Philadelphia schools—public, religious, and secular private schools.
“We’re committed to improving health equity in mental health care, locally and globally,” says Torrey Creed, PhD, founder of the Penn Collaborative and an assistant professor of Psychiatry in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. “We gather data to evaluate and guide our work to ensure we’re helping therapists deliver high quality care, and our network of community partners creates an incredible opportunity to develop and test generalizable strategies that can improve mental health training and care around the world.”
The team has continued to raise the bar for mental health care around the world.
By implementing trainings in the U.S. and globally and publishing more than 130 articles and presentations, they've been able to share practices that they've learned work in Philadelphia—and universally.