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The mission of the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is to support prevention, treatment, resiliency and recovery for District residents.
Summary of Services
The Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) is responsible for developing, supporting, and overseeing a comprehensive, community-based, system of services and supports for residents with mental health and substance use disorders that is accessible, accountable, culturally competent and choice-driven.
DBH provides prevention, intervention and treatment services for children, youth, and adults with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. This includes a range of community-based outpatient and residential services that offer emergency psychiatric care, ambulatory services for mental health and substance abuse disorders, detoxification and prevention activities delivered primarily through a network of certified community providers. The goal is to tailor services to meet the individual needs of persons in care. Community-based services also included Medicaid reimbursable activities for eligible District residents, supported housing, school-based services and a pharmacy. DBH operates Saint Elizabeths Hospital, the District’s inpatient psychiatric facility.
The DBH ensures quality of care through its regulation and certification authority as the Single State Agency for substance abuse and mental health.