The COVID-19 pandemic can bring increased stress especially for those living with mental health and substance use disorders. The Department of Behavioral Health provides services remotely or in person in accordance with DC Health and CDC guidelines.
Staying connected virtually with your family and loved ones, practicing self-care like deep breathing and moderating your media intake are all helpful tips to maintain your mental health. Regular exercise can help reduce anxiety and improve your mental functioning. The DC Department of Recreation and Parks at home fitness resources. Coping with stress makes us stronger and supports a thriving community.
Maintain Your Mental Health
Mental health is essential to our overall health and well-being. Mental health refers to our emotional, psychological and social well-being and affects how we think, feel and act. Our mental health can change based on the circumstances facing us. If you, or someone you care about, feel overwhelmed or experience persistent feelings of sadness, depression or anxiety due to COVID-19, we are here to help. A mental health clinician is available around the clock to talk with you about coping strategies or just to listen. Call the Mental Health Hotline at 1-888-7WE-HELP(1-888-793-4357). Below are ways to cope with stress and maintain your mental health. If you need additional support, call us, If you (or someone you know) feel like you want to harm yourself or others, immediately call 911.
If you already are facing mental health challenges, continue your treatment including any prescribed medication. Be aware of your triggers and any worsening symptoms, maintain your self-care activities, and, if needed, update your wellness plan. You also can now participate in therapy sessions with your mental healthcare provider virtually and by telephone.
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Managing Grief Over the Death of a Loved One During COVID-19
Grieving the loss of a loved one during the fear and anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming. It may be difficult to make decisions about how to safely grieve and honor your loved one. You also may be unclear about where to get the resources and emotional support that you need. The Mental Health Hotline is here for individuals grieving the loss of a loved one related to COVID-19. You can call us for
- grief counseling
- information about other resources
- support for children and youth, and
- connection to ongoing mental health support.
DBH Programs and Services
- Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program - The 24/7 adult emergency psychiatric care facility for crisis services.
- 35 K Street NE Adult Clinic - Same day Urgent care services including assessment, counseling, and psychiatric evaluation open from 8:30 am - 3 pm
- 35 K Street NE Pharmacy - The pharmacy is open for uninsured residents, Monday - Friday from 8 am- 5 pm. Prescriptions received before 4:00 p.m. will be filled the same day.
- Child/Youth Emergency Mobile Psychiatric Service - 24/7 Mobile emergency psychiatric service in the home or community for children/youth ages 6-17 or ages 18 to 21 in the care and custody of DC Child and Family Services Agency (202) 481-1440.
- Access Helpline (1-888-7WE-HELP (1-888-793-4357) – 24/7 access to enroll with a certified community- based behavioral health provider for treatment and support
- 24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-888-793-4357.
- Community Response Team – 24/7 mobile emergency crisis support for adults in psychiatric crisis in the home or community for counseling and transportation to emergency treatment, if needed.
- Saint Elizabeths Hospital - The District’s inpatient psychiatric hospital is open.
- 821 Howard Road SE Children’s Clinic – Same day/walk-in psychiatric assessment for children/youth 18 years old or younger Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm.
- The Assessment and Referral Center (ARC) – Relocated from 75 P Street NE to the 35 K Street NE adult clinic. Hours of Operation Monday – Friday 7 am - 6 pm. For same day service, please arrive by 3:30 pm or call 202-727-8473.
Guidance for DBH Certified Providers
The Department of Behavioral Health is working with its certified behavioral health providers to maintain access to quality behavioral health services during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Medicaid Expands In-Home Telemedicine Services for Medicaid Beneficiaries in Response to COVID-19
COVID-19 Provider Guidance
Guidance for Access and Care at DHS COVID-19 Related Sites
Guidance to Operators of Community-based Residences
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