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Behavioral Health Services

Also known as Anchor Mental Health

Few causes of poverty are more debilitating than mental illness. Our Behavioral Health Services provide 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 Behavioral Health Services page outlines our 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.

For the second time, the Department of Behavioral Health distinguished Catholic Charities' Behavioral Health Services (also known as Anchor Mental Health) with a five-star rating on its annual Provider Scorecard, placing our agency in the highest tier for DC mental health service providers! We were the first agency to ever receive a five-star rating in 2014. 

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.

Contact Us

1001 Lawrence St., NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 635-5900

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About Behavioral Health Services

Also known as 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. Catholic Charities' Behavioral Health Services 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, our Behavioral Health Services 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, it has grown to meet the increasing need for mental health services in the community. Today, Catholic Charities' Behavioral Health Services 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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