This working paper offers a detailed description of the public behavioral health care system in the District of Columbia. It is a companion to RAND Report TR-914-DCDMH, which provides an evaluation of behavioral health care need and the public behavioral health care system in the District.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Department of Mental Health

  • Chapter Three

    Department of Health Care Finance

  • Chapter Four

    Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration

  • Chapter Five

    Behavioral Health Services for Individuals Involved with the Criminal Justice System

  • Chapter Six

    Summary and Conclusion

  • Appendix A


  • Appendix B

    The Process of Privatizing District Community Service Agencies

  • Appendix C

    Patient Flow Through the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program

  • Appendix D

    Drug Formularies by Insurance (listed by generic name)

  • Appendix E

    Formulary for Community Service Agencies Participating in the Mental Health Rehabilitation Program

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