Intercultural Behavioral Health Center - South


The Intercultural Behavioral Health Center-South (IBHC-South) office is located in the South Philadelphia region at 2317 South 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145. IBHC – South is focused on helping individuals and families achieve social and emotional stability, and become productive members of their communities. Services also include treatment of adolescents at risk for delinquent/disruptive behaviors, and their families.

IBHC - South holds a current Certificate of Compliance from the PA Department of Public Welfare's Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is credentialed by the City of Philadelphia's Community Behavioral Health (CBH) and Magellan Behavioral Health for services in Delaware County.

IBHC – South services include:
  • Outpatient Clinic
  • Functional Family Therapy
  • Family Based Mental Health Services
  • Asian Recovery Collaborative
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday  (9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
Friday (9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.)
Saturdays (By Appointment)

In order to receive services, you must be Medicaid eligible; or have other insurance which covers behavioral health services; or possess the ability to pay a fee for service.

For more information:
Telephone: (215)468-4673
Fax: (215) 468-4663

Outpatient Clinic - South

The agency's licensed behavioral health clinic provides therapeutic services to individuals and families to treat anger, depression and other mental health issues which negatively impact their health, safety and stability. The clinic is staffed by experienced professionals with the language and culturally responsive skills to meet clients' needs.

Specializing in adolescent and family centered interventions, the clinic provides the following services:
  • Individual Therapy - Cognitive Therapy
  • Family Therapy - Structural, Strategic, Trauma-based
  • Psychiatric Evaluations and Assessments
  • Medication Management
  • Psychological Testing
  • Group Therapy
  • Mobile Mental Health Therapy
  • Specialization in Trauma
    • Trauma Based Therapy
    • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)
    • Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Groups

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a well researched and documented intervention for families with youth and adolescents at-risk of juvenile justice involvement. FFT is a National Blue Print Model and recognized best practice for youth involved in delinquency and other externalizing behaviors. It attempts to assist families in reducing conflict and turmoil that usually emerges as a result of the identified behaviors and systematically targets: 1) The families' motivation and engagement into the change process, The negativity and blaming affecting family communications, The behaviors needing change both within the family system and with youth and the tools and supports needed to sustain the families' long-term change process.

Who benefits from FFT?

Youth ages 11-18, and their families, who may experience a range of difficulties including but not limited to curfew violation, school avoidance, school truancy, delinquency, juvenile justice involvement, child welfare involvement, substance abuse etc. Identified families tend to have limited resources, histories of difficult to maneuver relationships and exposure to multiple systems stressors.

How Does It Work?
  • FFT can be provided in a variety of contexts, including schools, child welfare, probation, parole/aftercare, mental health, and as an alternative to incarceration or out-of-home placement.
  • Community-Based-Interventions occur within the community
  • FFT is time limited 3-4 months for 1-2xs weekly for 1-1.5 hours
  • FFT Therapist meet with the entire family
  • Families like it because it recognizes what they are doing right as a foundation
  • Families like its flexibility and non-judgmental approach
  • Phase specific and includes clear interventions and goals for each phase
  • Each phase includes specific goals, assessment foci, specific techniques of intervention, and therapist skills necessary for success
Certification and implementation is maintained through Functional Family Therapy, Inc., and Intercultural is one of just three licensed FFT providers in the City of Philadelphia.

Funding for the FFT program is provided by the City of Philadelphia-Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and The First Hospital Foundation

Family Based Mental Health (FBMH)

Family Base Mental Health Services is an intensive, evidenced informed, home-based, team delivered, family intervention for youth ages 12-21, who have serious emotional disturbance and reside with family or caregivers within the community. As part of this program, Intercultural operates the only Youth Empowerment Trauma Resiliency (YETR) Teams in the city which assist families in dealing with the effects of trauma on familial functioning and long-term recovery. The service is delivered by a team of two masters level clinicians or a masters and bachelors trained clinician. Teams may have multiple weekly contacts with families, schools and other involved formal or informal supports . In addition, teams are on-call 24 hours day, 7 days week for crisis and emergency related needs. Families remain with Teams for up to 8 months of service

Youth Empowerment Trauma Resiliency Teams

Guiding Principles

Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate - Teams employ strategies of assessment and intervention that are culturally responsive to youth, adolescents, families and communities with consistent efforts made to address the particular needs of marginalized populations .

A Resiliency-Based Approach to Treatment
- Teams focus on individual, family and community strengths and assets, in an effort to reinforce protective factors embedded in and across natural ecology systems. Families and support systems are given regular opportunities to engage and succeed and we attempt to celebrate successes through regular ceremonies and events reflective of cultural nuances and indigenous supports.

Recognizing the Impact of Trauma - The YETR Team Model is trauma-informed and sensitive to the impact of trauma on participants, staff and the overall community. Effective assessment and intervention during times when familial disequilibrium results from vicarious cycles of trauma can assist family members in healing so that support, interpersonal connection, attachment or other important interventions are possible.

Natural Ecology and System Collaboration
- Attention to discharge planning and continuing care begins at admission and continues throughout treatment. Regular contact with caseworkers, probation/parole officers, and other service providers is established and maintained. Participants and families are engaged to establish a network of pro-social and recovery supports and activities in their natural ecology.

Family Empowerment
- Teams respect and recognize the central role of families in the development and emotional maturation of youth and adolescents.

Project AWAREE (Asian Wellness and Access to Recovery through Effective Engagement)

Project AWAREE (Asian Wellness and Access to Recovery through Effective Engagement) is a culture-specific, integrated model of intervention designed to address cultural and linguistic barriers associated with substance use/abuse, process addiction and the accompanying disorders to the Asian population.

The program partners with the Asian Recovery Collaborative (ARC) to implement effective engagement strategies with Asian persons in need of intervention for addiction and multi-occurring disorders.