Mental Health Resources
**Depending on your location, these collaboratives offer many resources including housing, employment access, family support and more to ensure success of families. Please contact the collaborative closest to you for support**
Columbia Heights/Shaw Family Support Collaborative
1816 12th Street NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20009
East River Family Strengthening Collaborative
3917 Minnesota Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20019
Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative
1345 Saratoga Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20018
611 Edgewood Street, NE, Suite 106, Washington, DC 20017
Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative
2041 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Suite 304, Washington, DC 20020
Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative
508 Kennedy Street NW, Washington, DC 20011
4420 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20011
(202) 722-1815 (for both locations)
If your child is in danger of hurting himself/herself or others, please call 911.
• Children’s National Medical Center- specifically designed to meet the developmental and psychiatric needs of children and adolescents. Inpatient admissions: 202-476-4085.
*you may also walk in to the emergency room*
• Psychiatric Institute of Washington- provides both child and adolescent inpatient services. The Comprehensive Clinical Assessment Center (CCAC) can listen to your problem and help determine treatment options. This is a free, confidential service available 24 hours a day.
Intake: 1-800-369-CARE or 202-885-5610
• ChAMPS- Children and Adolescent Mobile Psychiatric Unit- ChAMPS staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to assist families with psychiatric, emotional, behavioral, or family-related problems. No charge to the family for services.
• DC Department of Mental Health Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Additional Therapy Resources
Access Helpline- the gateway to mental health services in DC. Tell them what your needs are and they can point you in the right direction. They can help you find an agency that will accept your insurance, is convenient to where you live, and that offers the services you seek. 1-888-7WE-HELP or 1-888-793-4357
*If you have private insurance contact your member services number first.
Wendt Center for Loss and Healing- offers grief and loss counseling for kids, families and adults. Accepts Medicaid and private insurance (except Tri-care). Southeast Office: 2401 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, Suite 239 (Big Chair Building)
Spanish Speaking Clinics and Resources
Latin American Youth Center – Provides bilingual resources for health and mental health services, job readiness, academics, arts and recreation and safe housing. Serve low-income youth, ages 11-24, of all backgrounds. This includes low-income youth, teen parents, homeless youth, youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems, and those facing mental health, substance abuse, or complex family issues.
For Mental Health Intake Contact Monica Morales firstname.lastname@example.org (202) 319-2229
General questions and comments about LAYC please call (202) 319-2225, email email@example.com
Mary’s Center – Provides bilingual medical, dental, behavioral health, social services and education support.
Multiple locations throughout the city and currently offering virtual consultation and appointments
Main Line: (202) 483-8196
Appointment Line: 844-796-2797
Sites below list resources for food programs and resources in Washington, DC - the below DC Hunger site will allow you to search for food resources based on your zip code (food pantries, markets, emergency meals and more)
For Students and Families:
Student Meal Sites: Per updated USDA guidelines all DC youth ages 18 and younger may receive free grab and go meals at DCPS meal sites through September 2021. Youth and/or parents and guardians on their behalf may receive up to 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches daily. https://coronavirus.dc.gov/food
DC Food Finder Website: http://www.dchunger.org/resources/dcfoodfinder.html
Looking for healthy food options? Check out a local Farmers Market You can use Senior Checks, WIC, and Food Stamps at these locations, as well. For full list, check here: https://www.dcgreens.org/community-food-guides
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program provides food benefits on an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card to District families with children who normally receive free or reduced-priced school meals if not for virtual learning due to COVID-19. For the one-time September payment, the daily food benefit is equal to $5.86 per child, per school day and can be used to purchase food at stores that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formally food stamps) EBT benefits and can also be used to purchase food for delivery online at Amazon.
Children who received a P-EBT payment last school year AND who were eligible for free and reduced price-meals again this year, along with eligible children in SNAP households received the one-time federally-authorized payment for the 2020-2021 school year that was paid on September 29, 2020. For families currently participating in SNAP or TANF, P-EBT benefits were automatically loaded onto the family’s existing EBT card. Families not participating in SNAP or TANF automatically received the funds on their previously issued P-EBT card. More information about the District’s P-EBT program is available at dhs.dc.gov/p-ebt.
At this time, the District is not authorized to issue additional P-EBT benefits.
For more Food Resources please visit: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/food#3
DC Parks & Recreation : Please Monitor the DPR website for parks, pools and other operating status: https://dpr.dc.gov./
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation has opened up enrollment for their popular summer camp programs! There is financial aid available, as well as before and after care. Take a look and select from over 90 camps across all 8 wards, including in-person programming. https://dprsummercamps2021.splashthat.com/
Ultimate Guide to Summer Camps in Washington, DC 2021 https://washingtondc.momcollective.com/in-around-dc/guides/summer-camps-in-the-washington-dc-area/
OWL is currently recruiting Black and Latino youth ages 11 to 13 for their 6th Annual OWL Summer Immersive program here in Washington, DC. The Summer Immersive is a STEM program with a focus on Technology and Community Service. The program's goal is to develop STEM knowledge, empathy, and leadership through global collaboration. This program is free and meals are provided. Final dates and location pending due to the changing guidelines regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.
The application can be found here: Application
You can find more information about them on their website: openwiselearning.org.
Asian American LEAD supports Asian Pacific American youth with educational empowerment, identity development, and leadership opportunities through various programs. Interested in joining their summer program? Use the following intake form: https://forms.gle/JeiPS5T2HFKMRUkeA
The Theater Lab is offering in-person and virtual summer acting camp and musical theater opportunities with generous financial aid available. Please visit https://theatrelab.org/content/youth-programs for more information.
A definite DC favorite, Calleva Summer Camp runs from June to August for ages 4 to 17. Calleva’s MD camps include: Cubs, Explorers, EXPX, Adventure Camp, Leaders In Training, and High Adventures. All are based out of Riley’s Lock campus on the Potomac River. Transportation is provided at no additional cost, and buses pick up from locations throughout MD and D.C. plus one stop in Mclean, VA. Calleva is offers summer camp in VA, too! Multiple different adventure camps are offered here
Ages: 4 to 17
Cost: There is a cost however they do offer scholarships
Where: Riley’s Lock in MD and Great Falls, VA with bus transportation throughout the DMV
When: June 10 – Aug. 26
Mad Science Camp: Mad Science Camp makes it their mission to generate visionary learning! That’s why Mad Science is the guiding science enhancement provider for children in 1st through 6th Grade. They deliver exceptional, pro-active science experiences to children. From Science in Motion to Red Hot Robots and even Forensic Fundamentals, they offer endless types of programs.
Ages: Rising first graders to sixth graders
Where: various locations, including virtual
When: Opportunities from June-August
Rock n Roll Camp: From Bach to Rock
Budding lyricists will see what it feels like to make rock star status at this summer camp with locations throughout the DMV. Students are grouped into their very own band based on their age and skill level. Together–and under the supervision of real life musicians–band members develop original material, perform for the public and record a CD. We’re with the band!
Ages: 7 & up
Cost: starting at $75
Where: Virtual Camps and Lessons
When: varies by location
Utility/Rental and Financial Support
Stay DC - The DC government is offering financial assistance for qualifying families to help with rent and utilities. You can learn more about the program and determine whether your family is eligible by visiting https://stay.dc.gov/ or calling 833-478-2932.
Utility Resources for DC Residents: Help is available for District residents facing higher utility bills due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency (PHE). Homeowners and renters have access to a wealth of special and ongoing resources, thanks to the leadership of Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Council of the District of Columbia, the Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE), the Public Service Commission (DCPSC), the DC Sustainable Energy Utility (DCSEU), the Office of the People’s Counsel (OPC), DC Water, Pepco, and Washington Gas. Take advantage of ongoing resources now — before you are challenged with mounting bills. If you are experiencing financial hardship, existing and special programs implemented in direct response to the PHE can help. Please visit this website for the highlights and program links https://coronavirus.dc.gov/utilityhelp