The Department of Mental Health provides emergency care and comprehensive mental health services and supports to District residents in need of the public mental health system. DMH also evaluates and treats individuals referred through the criminal justice system.
DMH 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.
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.
The mission of DMH is to develop, manage and oversee a public mental 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.
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