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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. For same day service, please arrive before 3:30pm to allow time for enrollment. 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.

Same Day HIV Testing: Avoid the Risks. GET TESTED. One in six people living with HIV don’t know it. If you engage in behaviors that put you in contact with certain bodily fluids, you may be at risk for getting HIV. Anyone practicing risky behaviors while under the influence of substances is more likely to make poor decisions, which increases the risk for contracting HIV

What if I think I am at risk or think I have contracted HIV?

GET TESTED. Testing is quick and easy. Know the risks and avoid risky behaviors.

You can walk in and be tested the same day. To schedule an appointment, you must be 21 years old and a District resident

What if I test positive for HIV?

Don’t panic. The diagnosis can be life-changing and on the spot counseling is available. Treatment should be started right away and DBH will transport you to a medical provider to be seen immediately.  With treatment, people are living longer than ever before.

16,000 District residents are living with HIV.

How do I know if I am at risk?

Risk factors are:

  • Having unprotected sex
  • Having sex with multiple partners
  • Remaining sexually active with a sexually transmitted disease or infection
  • Sharing needles or syringes injection or drug equipment with someone who has HIV
  • Exchanging sex for food, shelter, drugs or money
  • Skipping prescribed HIV medications

You should also GET TESTED  if:

  •  You have been sexually assaulted
  •  You are a woman who is planning to get pregnant or is pregnant

Hours of Operations:
Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For same day service, please arrive before 3:30pm to allow time for enrollment
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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