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Place Matters Report Released by Scattergood & City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- November 7, 2016                                                         


Scattergood Foundation and Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services Examine Children’s Behavioral Health Network

Study finds that 39 of Philadelphia’s 46 zip codes, fall above the national average for need 

(Philadelphia, PA) – A new analysis completed by Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation and the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services exploring the children’s behavioral health network has been released. The report, Place Matters: Perceived neighborhood safety and social support during childhood and its impact on mental health in Philadelphia – a GIS analysis of children’s population health needs and resourcesis a first-of-its-kind in Philadelphia. The study created a risk factor analysis combining poverty, unemployment, lack of education, exposure to violence, and adverse childhood experiences and correlating that directly to a person’s mental health status. The report further adds two components of resiliency, perceived community support and access to clinical care, which prove to be protective factors of mental health status.
The analysis combined several well-respected data sets including utilization data from Community Behavioral Health, the Expanded Adverse Childhood Experience Study, Public Health Management Corporations’ Southeastern Household Survey, and census data. 
“This report can inform where and how philanthropy and the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services will allocate resources to boost protective factors in those areas of higher need, such as increasing access to community supports and clinical care” says Joseph Pyle, President of Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation.
The study provides a better understanding of how these risks stack up in certain areas of the city. Of Philadelphia’s 46 zip codes, 39 (85%) fall above the national average of need. Further more five of the zip codes with the highest need have the highest number of children, making those zip codes even more important ones to invest in.
“The Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services and Community Behavioral Health have been committed to taking a public health approach to behavioral health service delivery. This report is just one of the many ways we are using our data to transform the system to ensure that high quality services are accessible, effective and appropriate for all Philadelphians” says DBHIDS Commissioner Arthur Evans.
The Scattergood Foundation and DBHIDS with other partners will be using the data to create policy change and advocate for the appropriate supports in Philadelphia. The report highlights four recommendations for how key stakeholders can use the data moving forward:
  • Increase and align the capacity of the behavioral health network according to the risk and population
  • Adopt population health approaches to better understand neighborhood risk factors and the unevenness across Philadelphia
  • Use data-driven research to inform decisions on where to locate resources to increase neighborhood protective assets where they are most needed
  • Continue using data and cross-sector collaboration to better understand the city’s evolving population and needs
The Scattergood Foundation and DBHIDS have committed to do further analyses over the next year, going beyond the zip code level data to better understand the behavioral health needs by census tract. The research team will also look at other factors, such as stigma, cultural competence, quality of care and cultural and their influence on care utilization.  Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health as been the academic partner in this project and has provided
For Inquiries Contact:
Samantha Matlin, PhD            
Director of Evaluation and Community Impact
Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation
Joel Avery
Media Relations Consultant
Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services
(215) 917-1618