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Department of Behavioral Health Accepts Certification Applications for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services

Friday, June 16, 2017

(Washington, DC) –The District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is now accepting certification applications for the following services as defined by Title 22-A, D.C. Municipal Regulation, Chapter 34 “Mental Health Rehabilitation Services Provider Certification Standards” and Title 22-A, D.C. Municipal Regulation, Chapter 63 “Certification Standards For Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Providers.”  Certification applications will be accepted only for services indicated below during the specified time frames.

Applications for certifications will be accepted through July 31, 2017 for the following:

  • Core Service Agency to provide mental health and substance use disorder services;
  • Children and youth evidenced-based practices: Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP-FV), Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and Multi-systemic Therapy (MST) from new and existing core service agencies;
  • Youth substance use disorder residential services, and
  • Supported Employment

Applications for certification will be accepted through August 31, 2107 for the following:

  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT),
  • Children and youth evidenced-based practice: Functional Family Therapy (FFT), and
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) 

Prospective providers can obtain the application form by contacting Christine Phillips at (202) 299-5354 or [email protected].  A completed application can be mailed or hand-delivered to the Department of Behavioral Health, attn: Christine Phillips, 64 New York Avenue NE, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20002, or emailed to [email protected].  

The Moratorium on processing applications for all other MHRS certifications, effective August 18, 2012, will remain in effect.  The moratorium on processing applications for all other SUD programs and facilities, effective May 2, 2014, will also remain in effect.  Applications received for other MHRS or SUD services not covered in this Notice will be returned to the applicant and will not be reviewed or processed by the DBH.  

This notice is solely for parties interested in certification. Obtaining certification does not guarantee that the applicant will receive a Human Care Agreement.  A Human Care Agreement, if available in the future, is subject to availability of funds.  Additionally, a provider must meet all contract requirements as determined by the Department’s Office of Contracting and Procurement prior to receiving a Human Care Agreement.

All questions regarding this Notice should be directed to Atiya Frame-Shamblee, Deputy 
Director of Accountability, [email protected]; or (202) 673-2245. 

The Department of Behavioral Health offers a wide range of behavioral health services for 
adults, children and youth, and their families.  Mobile emergency crisis teams also provide on-site treatment for adults or children experiencing a psychiatric or emotional crisis. 
To access services, a District resident can call the Access Helpline at 1-888-793-4357 seven days a week to talk to a clinician or contact a certified community based mental health provider.