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January 8, 2023:  The Delco Times published an article regarding Family Support Line's request for assistance to Delaware County to help support their move to Chester Heights. The article states that a bigger space is needed due to the organization seeing a 46 percent increase in its calls for service. The agency is requesting $1.7 million from the county’s American Rescue Plan Act revenues to fund their move from their Media office with that lease expiring March 31. PHMC’s Joseph J. Peters Institute is mentioned in this article for its program partnerships with Family Support Line. Read more.

October 28, 2022:  The Pennsylvania Action Coalition's At the Core of Care Podcast featured two JJPI clients receiving therapy through the JJPI and National Nurse-Led Care Consortium's (NNCC's) Mental Health Collaboration. The podcast episode is called "How Access to Therapy Transforms New Parents' Mental Health". A subsequent episode of the podcast titled, "Exploring Systemic Solutions to Growing Mental Health Needs" features an interview with JJPI's Executive Director, Dr. Ivan Haskell.

May 9, 2022:  Home isn’t always a safe space for many Philadelphians. In fact, the number of domestic abuse-related deaths in the city more than doubled from 2020 to 2021. Domestic abuse and dating violence can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional (verbal), psychological (mental), financial, and cultural abuse. Joseph J. Peters Institute is mentioned in this Philadelphia Inquirer article as a resource for treatment for those experiencing abuse.

September 15, 2021:  Two recent articles in Philadelphia area press outlets focus on JJPI's recently awarded grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) that will allow JJPI to partner with Family Support Line (FSL) to expand needed trauma-informed services for children and families in Delaware County, PA.  The first article is in the Delco Times and the second is in Delaware Valley Journal.

July 9, 2021: (PRESS RELEASE) JJPI was awarded a $2 million five-year grant from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) under the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (NCTSI) to expand trauma-based children's services to Delaware County, Pennsylvania. "NCSTI's goal is to transform mental health care for children and adolescents affected by trauma throughout the country by improving the quality of community-based trauma treatment and services and increasing access to effective trauma-focused interventions." Read more about the award and view JJPI and the other award recipients here.

December 7, 2020: (PRESS RELEASE) JJPI was awarded a one-year Justice Assistance Grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to deliver Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children® program in Philadelphia. Read the full press release here.

August 19, 2020: Devynn Gray, Prevention and Community Outreach Coordinator at JJPI and Sharif Lacey, musician, producer, and B.O.S.S. Team Member discussed JJPI’s Boys Overcoming Stigma and Shame (B.O.S.S.) Program on The Heart of the City Radio Show on WWDB (860) AM. JJPI’s B.O.S.S. Program supports male child and adolescent survivors of childhood sexual abuse through creative outlets, including music and step/dance and is funded through a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). Listen to the episode titled The World is Waiting here (the interview starts around the 1 hour and 21 minute mark).

May 8, 2020: (PRESS RELEASE) Pew Announces $6.8M in Grants Supporting Philadelphia Region's Vulnerable Adults. JJPI is one of the grantees who will receive a three-year award from the Pew Foundation to provide services to vulnerable adults in the Philadelphia region. JJPI received $220,000 to provide evidence-based treatment practices, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), and Trauma Affect Regulation: Guide for Education and Therapy (TARGET) to adult survivors of trauma at our outpatient clinics. Read more about the awardees here

May 17, 2019: A Philadelphia Tribune Article titled "Learning is a community effort at Gideon" profiles the positive changes made at Edward Gideon School in North Philadelphia, which is a participant in the Mayor of Philadelphia's Community Schools Initiative. The article mentions JJPI as one of the community-based providers that has made services available to children and families within the school building. JJPI's involvement in the school was made possible through the grant funding that led to our community-based North Philadelphia TF-CBT program. The article is available here.

March 25, 2019: An Associated Press article titled "R. Kelly case spotlights abuse of girls in the era of #MeToo", featured comments from Dr. Julia Curcio-Alexander, JJPI's Coordinator of Survivor Evaluation Services. The article can be accessed by clicking on this link.

November 11, 2018: (PRESS RELEASE) Wolf Administration Announces $10 Million Grant Award to Improve Health Care Integration for Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Treatment. JJPI and PHMC are one of four partnerships across Pennsylvania chosen to receive $2 million over a five-year period as part of a statewide grant focusing on the integration of behavioral health and primary care. Read more about the grant award here.

August 28, 2018: The Hope and Fury Concert Series continues on Friday September 7th, with a musical performance from &More and a lively discussion about destigmatizing mental illness. JJPI is the featured charity for this event—funds raised will go towards supporting JJPI’s North Philadelphia trauma treatment program. Click here for more details on this ongoing concert series.

August 24, 2018: According to Nicole O'Donnell, a Certified Recovery Specialist at Penn Medicine's Center of Excellence,  "If I know someone experienced sexual trauma that may be contributing to their addiction, we get them connected with JJPI [the Joseph J. Peters Institute, which provides clinical care to individuals and families suffering the effects of trauma]." The full interview with Nicole, which was published in the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Today online magazine can be accessed here.

May 17, 2018: Temple University’s Covering Addiction online magazine recently published a story featuring JJPI's work with women with substance use and trauma issues, which can be accessed by clicking here.

April 30, 2018: WHYY’s NewsWorks Tonight radio program and Keystone Crossroads online magazine recently featured segments on JJPI’s grant-funded North Philadelphia TF-CBT program. NewsWorks Tonight’s audio clip and Keystone Crossroads’ written feature can be accessed by clicking here.

April 13, 2018: The Philadelphia Daily News published an article on JJPI’s North Philadelphia Community-Based Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Program. The article features a participant who has private insurance coverage and who would probably have been unable to receive this beneficial treatment without participation in JJPI’s grant-funded program. Click here to view the online version of the article.

April 4, 2018: Dr. Brandi Stewart, JJPI's Director of Clinical Services, was recently featured on Episode 10 of WHYY's podcast series Cosby UnraveledClick here to learn more about the series and to listen to the episode. 

March 21, 2018: Natalie Dallard, JJPI's Director of Prevention, Community Outreach, & Training was recently featured in an article titled "Chill-out rooms, trauma training, and more" in the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Click here to view the article.

March 1, 2018: (PRESS RELEASE) Joseph J. Peters Institute (JJPI), a nonprofit that helps individuals and families dealing with the effects of trauma, in collaboration with Strawberry Mansion: A Sanctuary for Hope (SMASH), have been awarded a two-year, nearly $200,000 grant from Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). This grant allows JPPI to provide community-based Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to children and adolescents (ages 3-17) residing in the 22nd Police District of North Philadelphia who have been victimized by violence or have experienced other types of trauma. Click here to link to the press release.

January 26, 2018: Natalie Dallard, JJPI's Director of Prevention, Community Outreach, & Training was one of the panelists featured in an article titled "Panel says teachers aren't prepared to deal with trauma" in the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. Click here to view the article. 

June 12, 2017: Issue 39 of Healing magazine featured an article on JJPI's Sexuality Education and Responsibility Program written by Natalie Dallard, JJPI's Director of Prevention, Community Outreach, & Training. SER is an educational diversion program for individuals arrested for first time solicitation or attempted solicitation of prostitution.  Click here for a link to the issue.