Media Advisory: CBH to Hold Research Symposium on Supporting Parents with Behavioral Health Needs

Published on November 7, 2023

Industry Experts to Showcase Research on Programs That Help Improve Outcomes for Local Families

Community Behavioral Health (CBH)

CBH will host an in-person research symposium to highlight innovative programs that support local parents with behavioral health needs and their families.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Community Behavioral Health, 801 Market Street, Conference Room 1154A, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Details: CBH will host an in-person research symposium that highlights promising research on transformative programs that support parents with behavioral health needs. This symposium will bring together family members, providers, researchers, and policymakers to explore how these programs help reduce barriers to care and improve outcomes for local families impacted by the behavioral health challenges of families. Examples of programs that will be discussed include:

  • Engaging Parents and Increasing Connections with Children (EPICC) – a program that helps parents with serious mental illnesses connect and communicate with their children through meaningful activities
  • Mothers’ Support and Health in Pregnancy and Parenting (MotherSHIPP) – a web-based tool that connects pregnant and postpartum women with a substance use disorder (SUD) with mobile education, peer support, motivation for treatment, and other important resources

The symposium will feature a keynote by Dr. Emma Maynard, Lecturer in Child & Family Health at King’s College London, and presentations by leading experts from CBH, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware, and Brandeis University. View the full event schedule here.

CBH will hold the symposium in honor of the late Evan Kaplan, who was the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Child and Family Connections, a nonprofit in Philadelphia that supports parents and families with mental health needs.

Rhashidah Perry-Jones, (215) 413-7127 or (215) 954-3269,
Jen Tedeschi, (201) 259-2122,

About Community Behavioral Health

Community Behavioral Health (CBH) is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) corporation contracted by the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services to manage the delivery of behavioral health services for Medicaid recipients of Philadelphia County. For more information about CBH, visit