Mayor Muriel Bowser 

Behavioral Health

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Healthy Futures Program

The Healthy Futures Program is an early childhood mental health consultation initiative for children up to five years of age to promote positive social and emotional development. Healthy Futures aims to help young children develop appropriate skills to enter kindergarten ready to learn.

Primary Project

Primary Project provides screening and early intervention services to children identified with mild school adjustment issues in pre-kindergarten through third grade in over 50 sites within DC public schools, DC charter schools and child development centers. Early interventions utilize trained Child Associates providing child-led play sessions within the school setting.

Parent Infant Early Childhood Enhancement Program

The Parent Infant Early Childhood Enhancement Program provides culturally competent community-based mental health services to children age eight and under. The program provides family-focused behavior management, counseling, and therapeutic support. Clinical interventions include: two evidence based-practices (PCIT and CPP-FV); play and art therapy, individual and family therapy; and parent support groups.

Child and Family Therapy

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (TF-CBT) is an intervention program designed to help children, youth, and their parents overcome the negative effects of traumatic life events. TF-CBT serves children between the ages of four and 18. Community providers include Community Connections, First Home Care, MD/DC Family Resources, and Hillcrest Children and Family Center.

Child Parent Psychotherapy for Family Violence (CPP-FV) is a therapeutic intervention program for young children and their caregivers with a history of trauma exposure or maltreatment. CPP-FV supports child development, restores the child parent relationship and the overall feelings of safety, while reducing symptoms associated with the experience of trauma. CPP-FV serves children ages six and under. Community providers include the Parent Infant Early Childhood Enhancement Program and Adoptions Together.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy PCIT is a supported treatment for young children who are experiencing extreme behavioral difficulties. It places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent child interaction patterns. PCIT serves children between the ages of two and six. Community providers include the Parent Infant Early Childhood Enhancement Program and Mary’s Center.