Youth and teens are encouraged to call 1-800-Runaway if they are thinking of running from home, if they have a friend who has run away, or if they have ran and are ready to go home.
Break the Cycle
Break the Cycle is the leading national nonprofit organization providing comprehensive dating abuse programs exclusively to young people ages 12 to 24. From the classroom to the courtroom to the floor of Congress, we work every day to give young people, and those who care about them, the tools they need to live safer, healthier lives.
Casa Ruby is the only bilingual multicultural LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) organization providing lifesaving services and programs to the most vulnerable in Washington, D.C.’s LGBTQ community. A large number of Casa Ruby’s clients have incomes of less than $15,000.00 per year. Their Drop In-Community Center is the only bilingual multicultural LGBTQ safe space in Washington, D.C. open 6 days a week, Monday-Saturday from 12-8pm. Staff and volunteers work together to provide basic human services to more than 150 clients per week which include but are not limited to hot meals, clothing exchange, cyber services, support groups, case management, emergency housing referrals, and legal counseling. In addition, career and employment services programs are offered to address challenges LGBTQ clients face because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression.
Courtney’s House fearlessly searches for children who are being forced into prostitution on the streets, in brothers, strip clubs, private homes and hotels. In addition, the embrace sex traffic survivors and bring them into a safe environment where they and their families can heal, recover, and develop hopeful, dignified and influential lives.
Covenant House Washington, DC
Each day, more than 150 youth benefit from our educational programs, vocational training, and community outreach services at Covenant House Washington DC. Operating with an open intake process, no youth in crisis is ever turned away. Covenant House Washington offers an array of programs to ensure that youth are given the chance to live productive and happy lives.
DC Department of Behavioral Health- Adult Services
The Department 's goal is to deliver behavioral health services that promote recovery, respect cultural and linguistic diversity, and are choice-driven through the Mental Health Rehabilitation Services system for community-based care or MHRS. The MHRS system is based on individualized services and supports. Services include diagnostic/assessment services, counseling, medication, intensive day treatment and crisis/emergency services. Individualized behavioral health services are supported by rehabilitation programs, peer supports, supportive employment opportunities, housing assistance and a range of community housing alternatives to facility-based care.
Adults who need behavioral health services and supports can choose from a number of community based private providers located in neighborhoods throughout the District. You can contact the provider of your choice directly or you can call the ACCESS Helpline at 1-888-793-4357 and talk with a behavioral health professional who will guide you through the process.
DC Department of Behavioral Health- Children, Youth and Family Services
The Department of Behavioral Health has built a system of care for children, youth and their families that supports prevention and early identification of behavioral health needs, and provides community based treatment and supports that are able to meet multiple and changing needs. They are guided by the principles that services must be easy to access, culturally and linguistically competent, and family-driven and youth-guided. A range of treatment and support services for children, youth and their families are available, including specialized evidence-based practices for youth and families recovering from trauma, emergency care and ongoing treatment primarily through certified, community based mental health providers. Ongoing treatment includes individual, group, and family counseling, diagnostic assessment, medication management, and family support. In addition, community based providers are certified to provide substance use disorder treatment.
To select a community based mental health provider that best meets your needs, call the ACCESS Helpline at 1-888-793-4357 and talk with a mental health professional who will guide you through the process.
DC Department of Disability Services
The Department on Disability Services (DDS) is composed of two Administrations that oversee and coordinate services for residents with disabilities through a network of private and non-profit providers.
The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) ensures that residents with intellectual disabilities receive the services and supports they need to lead self-determined and valued lives in the community. DDA achieves this through the delivery of outreach and service coordination services; the development and management of a provider network delivering community residential, day, vocational, employment and individual and family support services; and the operation of a comprehensive quality management program.
DDA supports individuals with intellectual disabilities to have the most independence and choice and control over their own lives through person-centered service planning and delivery and increased provider capacity. DDA coordinates home and community services for over 2,000 individuals so each person can live and work in the neighborhood of his or her choosing, and promotes health, wellness and a high quality of life through service coordination and monitoring, clinical supports, and a robust quality management program
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) focuses on employment, ensuring that persons with disabilities achieve a greater quality of life by obtaining and sustaining employment, economic self-sufficiency and independence. RSA achieves this through employment marketing and placement services, vocational rehabilitation, inclusive business enterprises and supports for the D.C. Center for Independent Living.
DC Department of Human Services- Adult Protective Services
Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates reports of alleged cases of abuse, neglect, and exploitation by third parties, and self-neglect of vulnerable adults 18 years of age or older. APS provides protective services to reduce or eliminate the risk of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and exploitation. Residents of the District of Columbia, who are 18 years old or older and are highly vulnerable to, or have recently been or are being abused, neglected or exploited by another or meet the criteria for self-neglect may be eligible to receive protective services from APS.
To report allegations of abuse, neglect, self-neglect, and/or exploitation, please call the APS Hotline at (202) 541-3950 available 24 hours 7 days a week.
DC Department of Human Services- Parent and Adolescent Support Services (PASS)
PASS offers evidence-based approaches to supporting youth and families, including intensive case management and Functional Family Therapy (FFT), coupled with community support services such as mentoring, tutoring, and after-school programming. PASS works to strengthen families, reengage youth in school, and reduce potential future legal involvement. PASS is a voluntary, early intervention program that works with youth ages 10-17 who are committing status offenses, mainly skipping school and running away.
DC Department of Human Services- Refugee Resettlement
ORR provides employment services, services to victims of human trafficking, refugee cash, medical assistance, repatriation services and oversees the Refugee Unaccompanied Minors Program. These services are provided in collaboration with a network of service providers to ensure that the necessary support and assistance is given to refugees. Eligible refugees are referred by a third party to the Catholic Charities Refugee Center (CRCS) and Lutheran Social Services for services. Refugees referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or by the United States embassy in the country of asylum are eligible for the US Refugee Resettlement Program.
The following categories of Refugees are eligible:
- Refugees in possession of an I-94 stamped “Admitted as a Refugee pursuant to section 207 of the Act” are eligible for services;
- Parolees who have an I-94 with “paroled as a refugee" or “207” stamped or written on the document are eligible;
- Cuban/Haitian entrants who have been granted parole, applied for asylum, or are in exclusion or deportation proceedings, but have not received a final order of deportation;
- Asylees must also possess an I-94;
- Must reside in the District of Columbia to be eligible for services.
Once the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approves the refugee’s application for US resettlement, he or she will be matched with an American resettlement organization such as Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services, or International Rescue Committee.
Eligible population will be referred by a third party: Immigration office, voluntary Agency Attorney offices etc. to Catholic Charities Refugee Center (CRCS) for services. After eligibility is determined by CRCS and the case is approved by DC-Office of Refugee Resettlement, CRSC will refer the case for Refugee Health Screening and for Refugee Cash and Medical Assistance with Work Authorization. CRSC will maintain the case for Employment and Case Management Services.
DC Department of Human Services - Strong Families
The Strong Family Program strives to strengthen the individual and family unit, foster healthy development and help address the issues that create ongoing challenges for District residents. The Strong Families' social workers and case managers provide a range of social services that include assessment of client needs, development of case plans, short-term social work intervention, referral and coordination of services with District and community agencies.
DC Department of Human Services- Teen Parent Assessment Program (TPAP)
TPAP works primarily with teen parents who are receiving their own TANF benefits to ensure they meet their TANF work requirements through participation in an educational program (GED or high school). TPAP provides case management and support to reduce repeat pregnancies. As appropriate, TPAP utilizes an evidence-based case management practice called Transition to Independence Process, specifically designed for older youth with behavioral/emotional challenges.
DC Department of Human Services- Youth Homeless Services (YHS)
Youth Homeless Services oversees DC government’s efforts to reduce homelessness among youth ages 24 and under via internal staff and grants/contracts to community organizations. Services include prevention/diversion programming, drop–in centers, street outreach, and housing. In collaboration with The Community Partnership, YHS facilitates the coordinated entry process that links youth experiencing a housing crisis with services, including beds, if available.
FAIR Girls prevents the exploitation of girls worldwide with empowerment and education. Through prevention education, compassionate care, and survivor inclusive advocacy, FAIR Girls creates opportunities for girls to become confident, happy, healthy young women. The FAIR Girls home office in Washington, D.C. offers compassionate care to prevent the exploitation of all girls, with a special emphasis on girls who have experienced homelessness, life inside the foster care system, sexual abuse, and trafficking.
Latin American Youth Center
The Latin American Youth Center’s desire for every young person who walks through their doors is that they develop the skills and self-confidence to make a successful transition to young adulthood. Their bilingual programs and services are designed to address the multiple needs of the young people and families in the communities we serve. Through opportunities in academics, arts and recreation, job readiness, safe places to live, and health and wellness, LAYC strives to address many of the barriers to success low-income youth face. With over 50 programs and services across sites in the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland, they are pleased to offer the region’s youth opportunities to pursue success in academics, arts and recreation, job readiness, safe housing, and health and wellness.
Sasha Bruce Youth Work (SBY)
The mission of Sasha Bruce Youthwork is to improve the lives of runaway, homeless, abused, and neglected at-risk youth and their families in the Washington area. They achieve this by providing shelter, counseling, life skills training and positive youth development activities to approximately 1,500 youth and 5,000 family members each year. Serving a community where systems are broken, and young people and their families are struggling to overcome obstacles, SBY uses proven youth development practices to help youth find new ways of surviving, thriving, and realizing success.
Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders (SMYAL)
SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.