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Community Response Team

The DBH Community Response Team (CRT), is a 24-7 multidisciplinary direct service team that expands our community based direct service efforts—including homeless outreach, mobile crisis, and pre-arrest diversion. Our CRT supports adults who are experiencing emotional, psychiatric or substance use vulnerabilities to promote service engagement and overall behavioral health and wellness.

These supports are provided through assessment, referral, short term care management, and follow-up for individuals across the District. CRT also provides community education, individual and neighborhood outreach, behavioral health consultation, short term support for critical incidents, in addition to co-response and intervention support for our partner agencies and community organizations.

Teams of behavioral health specialists, licensed clinicians and peers in recovery have an ongoing presence in communities to: 

  • Conduct on the spot assessment and referral to behavioral health care. 
  • Engage regularly individuals living with unmet needs to encourage treatment. 
  • Connect to support services including employment, education and economic benefit programs.  
  • Offer harm reduction options such as life-saving naloxone while promoting treatment. 
  • Support diversion from the criminal justice system for low level behavioral health related offenses.  

The Community Response Team offers 24-hour services to communities experiencing psychiatric emergencies, trauma, or show signs of mental health and substance use disorders. 

To reach the Community Response Team any time call 202-673-6495 or visit:

35 K Street, NE 
Washington, DC 20002  



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