September 18, 2006

CONTACT:Kate Olderman
(215) 349-8369

Invitation to Cover:
Penn hosts conference on increasing community integration of individuals with psychiatric disabilities


The UPENN Collaborative on Community Integration hosts the first “National Sate of the Knowledge Conference on Increasing Community Integration of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities.”

This unique, three-day conference includes the presentation of state-of-the-art research related to community integration of individuals with psychiatric disabilities and the discussion of policies and practices relevant to promoting community integration, and ultimately facilitating recovery. Also included are multi-media and interactive plenary sessions that personalize community integration, including the world premier of "P. Baltimore," a video documentary about a proud, outspoken African-American woman who spent seven years homeless on the streets of Philadelphia.



Conference participants include:

Mark Salzer, PhD, Director and Principal Investigator, UPENN Collaborative on Community Integration of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Steven Tingus, Director, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research

Eran Preis, Producer, “P. Baltimore”

Arthur C. Evans, Director, Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services

Estelle B. Richman, Secretary of Public Welfare, Pennsylvania


Tuesday, September 19
9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
“P. Baltimore” world premier: 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, September 20
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Thursday, September 21
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

For a complete agenda and additional information, visit:


WHERE: Holiday Inn-Historic District
400 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

If you plan on attending, please register with Kate Olderman at 215-349-8369 or


PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital of theUniversity of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

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