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If you see someone in need of shelter, call 311 or (202) 399-7093.
If someone is in immediate danger, call 911.


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Call 1(888)7WE-HELP to get connected to our services.

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Providers offer a range of behavioral health services that will fit your needs.

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DBH offers prevention, early identification and community based treatment services and supports.

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Individuals must lead their own recovery and peer support plays a vital role.

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Emergency psychiatric services available twenty-four hours a day/seven days a week.

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We engage homeless people with a mental illness or substance use disorder to get into safe housing and treatment.

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The South Capitol Street Memorial Amendment Act of 2012 mandates that the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) provide behavioral health training to administrators and teachers of child development centers and DC Public and Public Charter Schools.

The Ombudsman Office serves as a neutral and confidential intermediary and provides an informal process to support District residents in resolving complaints related to DBH programs, services and its certified providers.

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Learn how to become a certified Peer Specialist to assist individuals to regain control over their lives and their own recovery process.

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In April 2018, The District of Columbia launched an adult pre-arrest diversion pilot program to provide individuals facing mental illness and/or substance use disorders who may otherwise be arrested with the opportunity to receive supportive services when they come into contact with MPD and the c

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DBH offers substance abuse prevention education and services for adolescents, families and communities.

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Millions of lives are transformed through recovery. Treatment works. Recovery is possible.

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DBH operates a school based program in a growing number of public and public charter schools that offers prevention, early intervention and clinical services to youth and their families.

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Substance abuse treatment program information for District residents.