The Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) is committed to informing the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) population on mental health issues in the District of Columbia and works to create a more welcoming and open environment for API students in the Department of Behavioral Health.
Below are resources related to mental health in District of Columbia:
Department of Behavioral Health Services
The Access HelpLine at 1 (888) 7WE-HELP or 1 (888) 793-4357 is the easiest way to get connected to services provided by the Department of Behavioral Health and its certified mental health care providers. This 24-hour, seven-day-a-week telephone line is staffed by mental health professionals, who can refer a caller to immediate help or ongoing care. The Access Helpline can activate mobile crisis teams to respond to adults and children who are experiencing a psychiatric or emotional crisis and are unable or unwilling to travel to receive mental health services.
Call the Access Helpline to:
Get emergency psychiatric care
Help with problem solving
Determine whether to seek ongoing mental health services or other types of services
Find out what services are available
Young people can call the Access Helpline for help dealing with the drama of family, death, school, drugs, gangs and violence. We can help you sort out and manage feelings of hopelessness, anger, grief, stress, or whatever is troubling you.
- Outpatient Program: This program provides psychiatric assessment, medication, case management, parenting workshops, English as a second language, individual, group, and family counseling. Groups are available for stress management, depression, dance therapy, art therapy, life skills training, and spiritual discussions.
- Medical Clinic: The clinic performs physical examinations, and provides followup care for some physical health related problems, EKGs, and laboratory studies for persons receiving treatment at the Multicultural Services Division.
- School Based Program: This program offers child and adolescent psychiatric services including a full range of diagnostic evaluation and treatment services to help students adjust to a school environment.
- Parenting Skills Training (in Spanish, English, and Amharic): With a curriculum built on the self-esteem of parents and children, the training encourages mutual respect and helps parents communicate with their children. Classes are from 5:30 to 7 pm and offered on a quarterly basis. Child care is provided for children over 2 years old.
We accept walk-in and scheduled appointments. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay.
DC Public Schools
Our three pledges to the community:
- Build parent and community trust
- Build capacity to serve all our students
- Control our costs
- DC Early Intervention Program
- Determining if Your Child Needs Special Education
- DOH Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration (APRA)
- A valid motor vehicle operator’s permit or non-driver’s identification card issued by the District
- 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