Code of the District of Columbia

§ 7–1141.05. Purpose of the Department.

The Department shall:

(1) Ensure the provision of high-quality behavioral health services by establishing District-wide behavioral health standards and policies;

(2) Foster and promote behavioral health education and disease prevention;

(3) Provide high-quality prevention, treatment, and recovery support services related to mental health disorders, addictions, and the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs in the District;

(4) Develop and maintain an efficient and cost-effective behavioral health care financing system; and

(5) Implement, monitor, and evaluate the District’s strategic behavioral health plan.


(Dec. 24, 2013, D.C. Law 20-61, § 5116, 60 DCR 12472.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 7-1141.03.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 5116 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-130, July 30, 2013, 60 DCR 11384, 20 DCSTAT 1827).

For temporary (90 days) addition of this section, see § 5116 of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-204, October 17, 2013, 60 DCR 15341, 20 DCSTAT 2311).

Short Title

Section 5111 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that Subtitle J of Title V of the act may be cited as the “Department of Behavioral Health Establishment Act of 2013”.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 20-61: Section 11001 of D.C. Law 20-61 provided that, except as otherwise provided, the act shall apply as of October 1, 2013.