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Treatment Services

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Residents in need of substance abuse treatment can access services at the:

Assessment and Referral Center (The ARC)
70 N Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7 am - 6 pm
Telephone: (202) 727-8473  
Fax:   (202) 727-8411                 
One block west of the NoMa-Gallaudet U (New York Ave) Metro stop

Upon arrival at the ARC, the client will sign in, meet with a nurse, and participate in a comprehensive assessment and evaluation to determine the appropriate level of treatment and maintenance care through a comprehensive continuum of substance abuse treatment services, including outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential, detoxification and stabilization, and medication assisted therapy. 

After a completed assessment, the client may choose a treatment provider from a list of 30 treatment programs of the Drug Treatment Choice Program (DTCP).  Typically, a client will begin treatment within one day. There is no waiting list for treatment in the District of Columbia.

To participate in the treatment program, the client must:

  • Be a District of Columbia resident
  • Be 21 years old
  • Provide proof of residency

To verify residency, clients must bring one of the following items with them to the Assessment and Referral Center (ARC):

  • A valid motor vehicle operator’s permit or non-driver’s identification card issued by the District. Homeless residents, as certified by an approved social service provider are eligible to receive a non-driver identification card free of charge. For more information on this service, visit the Department of Motor Vehicles' website;
  • A voter registration card with an address in the District;
  • A copy of a lease or a rent receipt for real property located in the District;
  • A utility bill for real property located in the District; or
  • A copy of the most current federal income tax return or Earned Income Credit (EIC) form.

 At The ARC, clients can expect the following:

  • Nurses meet with everyone who comes for service. If immediate medical assistance is needed, the ARC nurses will make sure the client receives the help needed. 
  • Everyone’s situation is different. The ARC counselors take the time to learn about each client to make sure the client receives the services best suited to his/her specific needs. Once the type of program which best suits the client is determined, the client will work with an ARC counselor to choose the best program.

ARC Counselors are trained to talk to clients about any other concerns they may have or services they may need and are equipped to connect clients with those services. If after-hours services are needed, clients are urged to call 911 for medical emergencies.

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