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DHS News July 2011

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SOCI awarded ECCO award at conference in Chicago

While attending the annual System of Care Community Training in Chicago, Illinois this past July, representatives from the System of Care Initiative (SOCI), a program of the DHS Office of Behavioral Health, were honored as part of the Excellence in Community Communications and Outreach (ECCO) Recognition Program.

SOCI was awarded the bronze ECCO award for the Explore your Emotions coloring book. The coloring book was developed by the DHS Office of Community Relations in partnership with SOCI and distributed for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in 2010.

During the initial distribution, approximately 40,000 copies of the coloring book were sent out through corporate, nonprofit and governmental partners across Allegheny County. The list of interested partners keeps growing. The "Explore Your Emotions" coloring and activity book continues to be well-received by organizations, the community and families as a method of encouraging open dialogue with children about feelings.

OBH Administrator selected to serve on mental health and justice advisory committee

Mary Jo Dickson, administrator, DHS Office of Behavioral Health, Bureau of Adult Mental Health Services, was recently selected to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s Mental Health and Justice Advisory Committee.

Dickson was invited to join the committee by Common Pleas Judge John Zottola.

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