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2013 DC Emancipation Day Two Weeks of Observance

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The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Commission develops plans, programs, projects and activities to celebrate the holiday and commemorate the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on April 16, 1862, that freed enslaved people in the District of Columbia. The Office of the Secretary is charged with the responsibility for organizing, planning and coordinating the District of Columbia Emancipation Day activities.


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DBH contracts with community based providers to provide mental health services and supports. You can contact a provider of your choice directly or call the Access Helpline for assistance. DBH certifies each provider to ensure conformity to federal and District regulations and monitors quality of care.

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Depression and anxiety are normal reactions to abnormal times or stress. With increased concerns about losing jobs, homes and savings, more people are showing signs of psychological distress. It’s important for us all to learn to recognize the symptoms of depression so we can get help for ourselves or for others when it’s needed.

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