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About DBH

The Department of Behavioral Health provides prevention, intervention and treatment services  and supports for children, youth and adults with mental and/or substance use disorders including emergency psychiatric care and community-based outpatient and residential services.

DBH serves more than 22,000 adults, children and youth and their families each year through a network of community based providers and unique government delivered services. It operates Saint Elizabeths Hospital—the District’s inpatient psychiatric facility.

Our Vision

We envision a quality mental health system for District residents that is focused on recovery and is available and easily accessible to residents of all ages and cultures when they want it and need it.

Our Mission

The mission of DBH is to develop, manage and oversee a public behavioral health system for adults, children and youth and their families that is consumer driven, community based, culturally competent and supports prevention, resiliency and recovery and the overall well being of the District of Columbia.    

Who We Are