As the warm weather returns, DBHIDS has released an updated Heat Safety Policy (.docx) and a collection of flyers, resources, and checklists.

The policy contains safety requirements for the following DBHIDS-funded programs: residential programs (including congregate residences, supported independent living and mobile psychiatric resource services, recovery houses), licensed drug and alcohol facilities, case management programs, certified peer specialist programs, and certified peer recovery programs. The safety measures entail training, monitoring, and mechanical cooling requirements. Additionally, though the policy only applies directly to the types of programs identified here, all DBHIDS-funded programs would benefit from the implementation of these safety measures.

To aid in training, DBHIDS is offering provider and DBHIDS staff an eLearning heat safety course on its Learning Hub (see electives folder). Instructions for creating a Learning Hub account can be found here. If you encounter issues with logging into the eLearning course, please contact DBHIDS.LearningHub@Phila.gov.

With the closure of air-conditioned public spaces due to COVID-19—such as libraries and malls—prevention measures, educating program participants on methods of staying cool, and checking on individuals throughout the summer are now more important than ever.

If you have any questions about the heat safety policy requirements, please contact your DBHIDS representative.