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Recovery Support Services and Consumer Advocacy

Recovery is a personal process that involves overcoming the negative impact of a psychiatric disability despite its continued presence. People can and do recover from behavioral illness.

Recovery Support Services

  • Supportive Employment
    Research strongly supports the critical impact employment plays in promoting recovery. Consumers of behavioral health services want to work, and can maintain employment if they are given proper support and guidance. The Department works with local business and nonprofit organizations to hire consumers of behavioral health services and provides ongoing support. For more information about the Supportive Employment Program, call Stephen Baker at 202-673-7579.
  • Housing 
    Decent, safe and affordable housing contributes to mental well-being. The Department funds supportive housing programs to expand the options available to people with behavioral illness—from rental assistance to community based residential facilities. Our goal is to support the highest functional living arrangement and independence appropriate to the consumer. For more information about housing options, call the DBH Housing Division at (202) 671-2900.

Consumer Advocacy

The Department recognizes that consumers must be active participates in their own treatment and supports programs that empower consumers.

Peer Specialist Training

Peer support is meant to enrich behavioral health services through the participation and expertise of people who share their experience with behavioral illness and journey to recovery. The Office of Consumer and Family Affairs works with consumer led partners to enhance the training and role of peer specialists. To learn more about peer specialists training opportunities, contact the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs at (202) 673-4377.

Peer Operated Services

  • Ida Mae Campbell Wellness & Resource Center  
    The consumer led Ida Mae Campbell Wellness & Resource Center supports individuals receiving behavioral health services to take a more active role in their own recovery and to enhance their ability to participate fully in the community. It offers a range of peer supported activities including work enhancement skills and computer training, wellness/recovery workshops and social interaction with peers. It also provides information about consumer legal rights and responsibilities and other community resources. The Center is open from Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (202) 684-7015.
  • Consumer Education, Training and Advocacy 
    A number of consumer led, advocacy organizations help consumers and their families understand their illness and their rights. Further, they promote leadership and empowerment so consumers can be active participants in their own recovery and influence the behavioralhealth system.

The Office of Consumer and Family Affairs partners with the following organizations to provide education and training opportunities to support recovery and resiliency:

Facility Address Phone Email/Website
Consumer Action Network (CAN) 1300 L Street, NW Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 842-0001
Fax: (202) 842-2685
Email: info@can-dc.org
Website: www.can-dc.org
Consumer Leadership Forum 1023 Fairmont Street, NW #101
Washington, DC  20001
(202) 609-7451 Email: info@clfofdc.org
Website: www.dc-clf.org
Family Links   (202) 575-0590 Email: familylinks@verizon.net
National Alliance on Mental Health Washington, DC (NAMI DC) 422 8th St SE 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 546-0646 Email: namidc@juno.com
Website: www.nami.org/about/namidc
The Recovery Group P.O. Box 76050
Washington, DC. 20013
(202) 758-5575 Email: therecoverygroup36@yahoo.com
Website: www.therecoverygrouponline.com
Wrap of DC Wellness Recovery Action Plan   (202) 421-3055 Email: info@wrapofdc.org
Website: www.wrapofdc.org

 

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