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Anchor Mental Health
Few causes of poverty are more debilitating than mental illness. Anchor Mental Health provides comprehensive support for adults and children with mental illness or behavioral disorders. Our programs focus on diagnosis and management, and then move adults to secure employment, education and independence.
Adults with mental illnesses: The Anchor Mental Health Services page outlines Anchor's services and programs. Many of our programs, including education, medication management and supported employment services are accessible directly to individuals in the community without a referral from a social worker or government agency.
The Department of Mental Health recently distinguished Catholic Charities' Anchor Mental Health Services with a four-star rating on its annual Provider Scorecard, placing Anchor in the highest tier for DC mental health service providers! Read more on The Open Door.
Children and adolescents with behavioral or mental health crisis: ChAMPS is a mobile emergency service for families and children experiencing an emotional or mental health crisis in the District of Columbia.With one call to 202-481-1440, staff will assess the crisis and link you to appropiate services. This service is provided at no cost to District residents and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for children and youth ages 6 to 18.
About Anchor Mental Health
In 2004, four organizations merged together to become the Catholic Charities of today—the Spanish Catholic Center, the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute, Catholic Charities and Anchor Mental Health.
There are many causes of poverty, but none is more debilitating than mental illness. Having recently celebrated 50 years of service in the Washington-metropolitan region, Anchor Mental Health has been a source of hope and long-term help to thousands of people who want to live and cope with their mental illness.
Based in Northeast Washington, the Center helps adults with mental illness by providing therapeutic assistance in the form of medication, and by making available the needed services to help them live independent lives. Monsignor John G. Kuhn founded Anchor Mental Health in 1958 as a drop-in social club for people struggling with mental illness.
Since that time, Anchor has grown as the need for mental health services in the community has grown. Today it is a full-service community mental health center, which served more than 1,500 adults of all races, religions and ethnic backgrounds with the common need of help for mental illness.
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