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Treatment Services

District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health
Substance Use Disorder
Assessment and Referral Center (ARC)

Description of Services: The Assessment and Referral Center (ARC) provides same day assessment and referral for individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders.  To refer to the appropriate program, qualified clinicians conduct a comprehensive assessment that includes the nature of the addiction, use history, any mental health care needs, and overall health status.  Once the appropriate level of care is determined, an individual can choose from a list of providers certified to offer treatment tailored to personal experience and life circumstances.

Services include detoxification, treatment including medication assisted treatment, individual and group counseling, self-help and recovery activities, and, in some cases, residential treatment.  Women can bring their children under 10 years old to live with them in certain residential programs.

Priority referral is available for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, women with children and pregnant women.

Easy Access to Services:  You can walk into the ARC without an appointment or call (202) 727-8473 to schedule an appointment. You must be at least 21 years old, a District resident, and bring a photo ID.

Language and Sign Language Interpretation Services:  Assistance is available for limited or no English speaking individuals.

Hours of Operations:
Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Address:  75 P Street NE (intersection of P Street and Florida Avenue)
Look for the blue awning!

For more information about mental health or substance use disorder services, please call the Department of Behavioral Health 24/7 Access Helpline 1-888-793-4357 or visit

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