~ They provide “comprehensive, community-based, psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation, and support to persons with serious and persistent mental illness.”
~ They have psychiatrists, nurses, peer support specialists, and rehabilitation support staff.
~ They provide mental health services for clients who “may have co-occurring problems of addiction, homelessness, medical illness, and violent victimization.”
~They offer diagnostic assessment, community support, care coordination, therapy, and liaison with psychiatric services.
~ They have a Crisis Team “responsible for providing comprehensive crisis services after 5 pm, on weekends, and holidays to all clients receiving services at Community Connections.”
~ The Day Rehabilitation Services Program (DSVC) is a “skills training and motivation enhancement program that supports participants in their efforts to change lifestyle, overcome obstacles, recover their lives, and experience empowerment.”
~ Program participants work together in a variety of activities to rebuild skills and confidence to live independently.
~ The Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic (OBHC) is provides “psychotherapy and low-intensity community support for individuals who are seeking assistance with addressing life stressors, managing mental health symptoms more effectively, or healing from trauma.”
~ The Psychiatric Clinic provides psychiatric care to all clients (adults, children, and youth). Services include assessment, medication management, lab work, and nursing services.
~ They offer assistance in obtaining identification, completing applications, and mitigating housing barriers.
~ They provide housing for special needs individuals.
~ Additionally, they have a wide range of programs, offering “rental assistance and supportive services for adults and families with histories of homelessness and concurrent behavioral health conditions, and who may also be recovering from trauma, addiction, HIV/AIDS, and/or may be a U.S. Veteran.”
~ “Supported Employment is an evidence-based program encompassing recovery principles and recognizes that employment can be an integral part of a person’s recovery.”
~ Employment Specialists help clients become employed by maintaining relationships with community business owners and hiring managers.
~ They help clients “develop an individual work plan, create a resume, and practice interviewing skills.”
~ “Employment Specialists coordinate with the participant’s treatment team, provide job coaching, and on-going support to assist the individual in maintaining employment.”
Substance Abuse Rehabilitation
~ The Community Connections Outpatient Addiction Services (OAS) provide rehabilitation for people in recovery from addiction.
~ “Clients are able to discover the roots of their substance addiction and how they can attain sustained recovery to meet their goals.”
~ They teach relapse prevention skills
~ To get authorized for treatment, you must get a referral. To do this, visit the DBH Assessment and Referral Center (ARC) at 75 P Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 (at the intersection of Florida Ave & P Street – look for the blue awning).
~No appointment is necessary.
~Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
~The ARC’s phone number is 202.727.8473.
~ After getting your referral, contact OAS for an intake appointment at 202.528.6900.
~To be eligible, you must be a D.C. resident, at least 18 years old, and have DC Medicaid (Amerihealth, Trusted, MedStar)
Youth/Teen Mental Health Services
~Community Connections offers services to “children and youth who suffer from mental illness, substance abuse, or a history of trauma.”
~In order to enroll, the youth must be a D.C. resident, be between 6 and 17 years old, be a DC Medicaid Recipient (Amerihealth, Trustsed, MedStar), and have “significant behavioral problems in one or more of the following areas: home, school, peers, or community”
~Their services include:
- Community-Based Intervention
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Psychiatric Services
- Family-Based Services
~Youth services are located at The Center for Families and Children.
The Center for Families and Children 650 Pennsylvania Ave., SE Suite 50 Washington, DC 20003
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Last Updated: 07.31.19