Family Matters Hosts Community Open House for New DC Mental Health Clinic on July 28

Family Matters’ Mental and Behavioral Health Unit Receive International Accreditation from the Council on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)

Washington, DC – Family Matters of Greater Washington invites members of the community to attend its Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Open House on Thursday, July 28 from 6:00-8:00pm celebrating their new DC Mental Health Clinic location in South East, DC. (1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Suite 200, Washington, DC  20003). In addition to celebrating the opening of its new clinic, Family Matters announced the receipt of accreditation from the Council on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for the new clinic and their entire Mental and Behavioral Health Unit.

“Mental health disorders affect an estimated 25 to 29 percent of children, and 16% of African Americans, according to Mental Health America,” noted Tonya Jackson Smallwood, President and CEO of Family Matters. “National studies have found a lack of urban mental health centers available to inner city youth and adults, making access to treatment more challenging for communities of color. We hope to reverse that trend by offering accessible and qualified mental and behavioral health services located in accessible facilities within the community.”

Visitors to the Open House will have the opportunity to tour the facilities, meet the Mental and Behavioral Health staff, take part in healthy activities, and enjoy healthy food.

Family Matters of Greater Washington’s Mental and Behavioral Health team includes more than 75 program directors, clinical managers, therapists and intake coordinators who focus on providing treatment for youth, adults and veterans. Services offered include diagnostic assessment, counseling, crisis treatment, community support, psychiatric rehabilitation, telemedicine and Trauma Systems Therapy.

About Family Matters of Greater Washington (
Family Matters of Greater Washington is a non-government, nonprofit organization accredited by the Council on Accreditation Services for Families and Children, Inc. and the American Camping Association. Formerly known as Family and Child Services of Washington, D.C., Inc., Family Matters was founded in 1882 and has been an integral part of the Washington, D.C. community for 130 years. One of the oldest, nationally accredited social services organizations in the nation, Family Matters provides comprehensive, accessible, low-fee services to thousands of residents of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. Family Matters of Greater Washington is a member of the Child Welfare League of America and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.