When the Department of Human Services decided to change the way it handles child welfare cases and put all of its case management in the hands of community-umbrella agencies, it turned to NorthEast Treatment Centers. At a press conference on July 18 attended by Mayor Michael Nutter, DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose announced that NET was granted one of the first two contracts. Read the article that appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
On June 13: NET Steps unveiled “Visions of Recovery,” a mural composed of recycled glass bottles, beads, mirrors and tiles, that graces the entry to the building. The mural was created by members of Sucheta Vyas’ Alternative Therapy Group and inspired by the work of world-renowned mural artist Isaiah Zagar. View the story and photos.
On March 3, NET began an affiliation with Best Nest, Inc. Founded in 1987, Best Nest was one of the first agencies in Philadelphia to address the needs of children affected by HIV in the child welfare system. Best Nest provides foster care and adoption services, matching children with significant physical, emotional and health care needs to caring families in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties, and in-home protective services.
Foster Care and Permanency Services moved into new quarters at 458 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia, with a dedicated conference room and a room for family visits.
NorthEast Treatment Centers recently hosted visitors from Britain, who came to Philadelphia to find out about NET’s recovery transformation approach. They met with Joseph Schultz and Sonya Mendelovich, along with some Peer Specialists.
After a competitive proposal process, Delaware Children’s Behavioral Health Services was chosen to be the state’s sole provider of Individualized Residential Treatment (IRT), a treatment foster care model. IRT is for youth who are often stepping down from a more intense placement like a Residential Treatment Center into an individual setting.
A record-breaking 11,000 people took part in this fall’s 10th Annual Recovery Walk, making it the largest walk ever assembled in support of recovery. NET had the largest team of any agency: Well over 340 people represented NET’s Adult Behavioral Health Division and NET Steps had an additional 200 representatives.
Winifred Freeman, a teacher at NET’s Firehouse Residential Program, received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, which is given to exemplary Philadelphia public high school teachers who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to education