District of Columbia: Health & Disability Programs

DC Department on Disability Services’ Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
DDA conducts outreach activities in schools, neighborhoods, and other government agencies and with community groups to educate District residents about available services and supports. The Intake and Eligibility Services Unit helps applicants find community resources and coordinates available resources based on individual needs. DDA also operates the DDA waiver program, which provides an alternative to institutional residential services by offering adaptive services and clinical, daily living, respite, retirement, social, and vocational supports in the home and community. Other functions include managing admissions to an Intermediate Care Facility for People with Intellectual Disabilities; operating a program of quality assurance and improvement over the District’s Developmental Disabilities Services system; providing technical assistance to the provider network; protecting the rights of people with intellectual disabilities; and implementing the “Money Follows the Person” program, which provides individuals living in long-term care facilities and nursing homes serving people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities with the choice of receiving their services and supports in the community.
1125 15th Street NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 730-1700
Toll-free 1-866-923-5644
DC Department on Disability Services’ Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA)
RSA is comprised of Independent Living Services, which strives to help people with disabilities live independently by providing accommodations, adaptation, counseling and guidance, orientation and mobility instruction, training in independent living skills, and ways to improve mobility and communication; Supported Employment, which helps people with disabilities maintain competitive employment; and Vocational Rehabilitation, which helps people with disabilities identify job goals based on individual interests and aptitudes, provides funds for college and vocational training, assesses work site accommodations, educates employers on the Americans With Disabilities Act, and assists individuals returning to work after adjusting to a newly acquired disability.
1125 15h Street, NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-8400 or (202) 442-8613/8563
DC Department of Health’s Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration (APRA)
APRA provides prevention services, which include preventing the onset of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use by children and youth, reducing the progression of risk, and increasing protective factors; treatment services, which include outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential, detoxification and stabilization, and medication-assisted therapy; and recovery support services, which include wrap-around services, such as education skills building, job readiness training, and mentoring services.
825 North Capitol Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5955
DC Department of Health’s Community Health  Administration, Cancer and Chronic Disease Bureau, Diabetes Prevention and Control Program (DPCP)
DPCP works to promote the health and quality of life among District residents by preventing and controlling mortality, morbidity, and costs related to living with diabetes. The program’s activities include: assessing the health status, risk factors and preventive health practices related to diabetes especially among high risk communities; turning research into practice; promoting important health policy decisions to the public; and assuring that quality community-based programs and clinical preventive services are available to people with diabetes. The Diabetes Program provides several services to the public: free educational materials on topics such as diabetes self-management, exercise, foot care, and nutrition; a toll-free Diabetes Hotline providing information on diabetes, resources for people with diabetes and services available to District residents with diabetes; and data and statistics on the prevalence, hospitalization, and mortality of people with diabetes in D.C. DPCP supports these community programs that offer free wellness classes, support groups and educational forums throughout the District: Diabetes Senior Wellness Program, Lift Every Voice Program, Diabetes for Life Learning Center, and Diabetes Primary Care Collaborative.
825 North Capitol Street, NE, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 671-5000
DC Department of Health’s Community Health Administration, Control Asthma Now Program
With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the D.C. Control Asthma Now program helped develop an asthma strategic plan to Reduce Morbidity and Mortality by addressing surveillance, environmental and occupational health, health education, health services and quality assurance, and policy; the plan is the work of the DC CAN Asthma Collaborative, a public/private partnership of DC agencies and community partners working together to implement strategies to reduce the burden of asthma in DC.
Edwina Davis-Robinson, Program Manager
825 North Capitol Street, NE, 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-8113
DC Department of Mental Health (DMH)
DMH services includes a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week telephone Access HelpLine  (1-888-793-4357) staffed by mental health professionals who can refer a caller to immediate help or ongoing care; Mental Health Rehabilitation Services, which include counseling, crisis/emergency services, diagnostic/assessment services, intensive day treatment, and medication; mental health services and supports to unique populations, including people who are homeless (18 and older), deaf/hearing impaired, speak no or limited English, or who have co-occurring intellectual disabilities; same day urgent care services, which include assessment, counseling, psychiatric evaluation and medication management; pharmacy services; emergency services provided at an emergency facility, which has available crisis beds for up to a 14-day stay as an alternative to psychiatric inpatient hospitalization, as well as a mobile crisis service; an urgent Care Clinic for court defendants who may show signs of mental illness; adult forensics, which is treatment for individuals found to be not guilty by reason of insanity; Children, Youth and Family Services, which offers a broad range of treatment and support services to children between the ages of 5 and 17 and their families through community-based mental health providers in neighborhoods throughout D.C., including individual, group, and family counseling, diagnostic assessment, medication management, and community support and crisis response through intensive home, school and community-based services; Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital, which is the District’s public psychiatric facility; and a School Mental Health Program in public and public charter schools that offers prevention, early intervention and clinical services to youth and their families through the work of mental health clinicians.
64 New York Avenue, NE, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 673-7440
DC Office on Aging
The Office on Aging is the District of Columbia’s Agency on Aging that oversees direct services to people (60 and older) through a Senior Service Network of community-based agencies which provide adult day care, adult education, emergency shelter, health insurance counseling, health and wellness programs, in-home relief, legal services, nutritious meals, social and recreational activities, and transportation.
441 4th Street, NW, Suite 900S
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 724-5622