• What’s behavioral health?

    Behavioral health is the study of a person’s mental well-being.

  • What’s behavioral health?

    Behavioral health is how a person understands himself or herself.

  • What’s behavioral health?

    Behavioral health is how a person interacts and engages with the world around himself or herself.

Behavioral health issues can affect your child’s ability to learn and succeed in school.

Let’s see to it that they are happy, healthy, hopeful… INSIDE & OUT!

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About DBH
Learn about the Department of Behavioral Health (DBH) and the resources it provides to DC’s families, children, youth, and adults.
Meet the Director
Learn more about Dr. Royster’s commitment to providing prevention, treatment and mental health resources to DC.
Royster’s Roster of Resources
Dr. Royster’s list of school and community mental health services for parents and youth.
The Green Hand
Video Series

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Went on a successful community walk with @SafeDC Deputy Mayor Donahue & leaders of ward 5! We brought awareness to our treatment services and providers in the District. #treatmentworks @MayorBowser @DMHHS_DC #dbhforrecovery #prevention


Check out our article from @wcp highlighting the important work of our Mobile Crisis Services. @DMHHS_DC #treatmentworks #mobilecrisisservices #DBHcares

Practice #selfcare! Here’s why: it reduces stress, helps you to stay on task, boosts personal happiness and makes you feel accomplished! #mentalhealthawareness #preventionhealth #youmatter #DBHCares

Our 24/7 Access Helpline can assist you with a variety of behavioral health or counseling needs. Certified behavioral health professionals will refer to our trusted providers that will help you with issues such as ER psychiatric care to trouble at home. Call 1-888-7WE-HELP.