Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resource Guide

Mental Health

The DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care created the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Resource Guide for use by pediatric primary care providers in the Washington, DC area. This guide aims to provide a comprehensive listing of community behavioral health resources for children and adolescents in the District of Columbia.

While comprehensive, the listing is not exhaustive. This is a working document, and will continually be updated. The main scope is on those providers in the District of Columbia that serve children and families on Medicaid. However, some providers in Maryland and Virginia are included, as well as a few providers across the D.C. area that offer services on a sliding fee scale or accept commercial insurance. A separate section includes some providers that accept self-pay or commercial insurance only.

The Perinatal Mental Health Toolkit for Pediatric Primary Care has also been updated.

To access the full guide, updated in spring 2018, click here.  Please check back often for updates.

mental health resource guideTo access specific sections of the guide, please click below:

  • Overview of Guide and Referral Paths
  • Quick Reference Sheet for Referrals.
  • Crisis Services and Inpatient Hospital Units. The following services are available for children and adolescents who are in need of immediate, emergency services.
  • Early Childhood (0 – 5 yrs). This section contains resources for treating children in early childhood, generally 0-5, and includes therapists, psychiatrists, home visiting programs, developmental delay resources, school-based resources, and developmental playgroups.
  • Perinatal Mental Health. This section contains resources for treating mothers who may be experiencing postpartum depression or anxiety, or be in need of other supports during pregnancy or the postpartum period.
  • Therapy/Psychology Services. The following organizations provide therapy, counseling and psychological services for children and adolescents. This section is organized by geographic quadrant.
  • Psychiatrists. This section provides information on psychiatric providers located in hospitals, health systems, and nonprofits.
  • Core Service Agencies. DBH contracts with a number of agencies to deliver Mental Health Rehabilitation Services, and provide community-based or in-home services for children with severe social/emotional disorder diagnoses. Providers who offer the four core services (diagnostic assessments, medication management, community support, and counseling) are classified as CSAs; those providers who offer a subset of these core services (e.g., assessment and counseling) can be certified as a sub-provider or specialty provider. The following list includes child-serving agencies that are CSAs, as well as agencies that are certified as sub-providers of MHRS. CSAs are noted with an asterisk (*). DBH Choice Providers that provide behavioral health services to CFSA children/youth are noted with a plus sign (+). This section is organized by geographic quadrant. Call the 24/7 Access Helpline 1-888-793-4357 to connect with one of the CSAs.
  • School-Based Mental Health Services and Advocacy. The School Mental Health Program promotes social and emotional development and addresses psycho-social and mental health problems that become barriers to learning and arise in the school setting. The SMHP serves youth, families, teachers and school staff in the DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter Schools.
  • Alcohol and Substance Use. This section provides information on outpatient and residential substance use treatment centers.
  • Family Support and Resources. This section includes resources for parents/families/caregivers, including support groups & parenting classes.
  • Self Pay/Commercial Insurance Only - Therapists/Psychiatrists. This section provides information on therapists (psychologists, social workers) and psychiatrists who only accept commercial insurance or self-pay clients. It is not a comprehensive list, and for those with commercial insurance, we recommend calling your insurance company for a complete list of behavioral health care providers.
  • Common Disorders and Treatment Modalities.
  • Other Helpful Resources and Websites.

Each listing includes insurances accepted, public transportation options, ages served, general appointment availability, and description of services.  Many sections are organized by DC quadrant.

The DC Collaborative for Mental Health in Pediatric Primary Care aims to improve the integration of mental health in pediatric primary care for children in the District of Columbia. The Collaborative has a strong commitment to addressing the mental health needs of diverse children, from birth through 20, and their families, through culturally competent, family-focused initiatives.