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Consumer Advocacy and Peer Support

Consumer Advocacy

The Department recognizes that consumers must be active participates in their own treatment and supports programs that empower consumers.

Peer Specialist Training

Peer support is meant to enrich behavioral health services through the participation and expertise of people who share their experience with behavioral illness and journey to recovery. The Office of Consumer and Family Affairs works with consumer led partners to enhance the training and role of peer specialists. To learn more about peer specialists training opportunities, contact the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs at (202) 673-4377.

Peer Operated Services

Our Door Community Wellness Center

The consumer led Our Door Community Wellness Center supports individuals receiving behavioral health services to take a more active role in their own recovery and to enhance their ability to participate fully in the community. It offers a range of peer supported activities including work enhancement skills and computer training, wellness/recovery workshops and social interaction with peers. It also provides information about consumer legal rights and responsibilities and other community resources.

Our Door is open to the public aged 18 and over during regular business hours (Tuesdays – Saturdays 9am to 5pm). For more information, call (202) 554-2926. 

Our Door Community Wellness Center
1201 B1 South Capitol Street SW
Washington, DC 20003
Main: (202) 554-2926

Consumer Education, Training and Advocacy 

A number of consumer led, advocacy organizations help consumers and their families understand their illness and their rights. Further, they promote leadership and empowerment so consumers can be active participants in their own recovery and influence the behavioralhealth system.

The Office of Consumer and Family Affairs partners with the following organizations to provide education and training opportunities to support recovery and resiliency:

Facility Address Phone Email/Website
Consumer Action Network (CAN) 1300 L Street, NW Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 842-0001
Fax: (202) 842-2685
Email: [email protected]
Consumer Leadership Forum 1023 Fairmont Street, NW #101
Washington, DC  20001
(202) 609-7451 Email: [email protected]
Family Links   (202) 575-0590 Email: [email protected]
National Alliance on Mental Health Washington, DC (NAMI DC) 422 8th St SE 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-0646 Email: [email protected]
The Recovery Group P.O. Box 76050
Washington, DC. 20013
(202) 758-5575 Email: [email protected]
Wrap of DC Wellness Recovery Action Plan   (202) 421-3055 Email: [email protected]


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