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Press Room/JJPI News

Below are press releases and news items related to Joseph J. Peters Institute.

For press/media inquiries, please contact Patricia Griffin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-773-4342.

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: "Wolf Administration Announces $10 Million Grant Award to Improve Health Care Integration." 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.