Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter III. Crisis Management of Children.


§ 4–203.01. Definitions.

For the purposes of this subchapter, the term:

(1) “Child” means any child who comes within the purview of the Department of Human Services either because such child is neglected as defined in § 16-2301(9) or whose custody has been voluntarily surrendered by the parent or guardian to the Mayor.

(2) “Crisis facility” shall mean any community-based residential type housing for dependent and neglected children.

(3) “Private institution” means any privately owned or operated institution that provides care and maintenance for neglected or dependent children, or both, on a contractual basis with the Mayor.

(4) “Public institution” shall mean Junior Village or any successor institution designed and used for such purpose.


(Apr. 6, 1982, D.C. Law 4-101, § 301, 29 DCR 1060; Mar. 14, 1985, D.C. Law 5-159, § 17(a), 32 DCR 30.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 3-203.1.


§ 4–203.02. Assignment to public institution by Department.

No child 6 years of age or younger shall be assigned by the Department to any public institution, except that any such child who requires medical treatment may be assigned to a hospital or other medical facility for such treatment; provided, that medical treatment shall not be construed to include emotional disorders of less than an acute nature. In furtherance thereof, the Mayor shall develop an overall plan of child care and emergency child care so as to eliminate the necessity of a public institution for the care of such children other than for medical reasons. No child shall remain in any crisis facility for longer than 15 days.


(Apr. 6, 1982, D.C. Law 4-101, § 302, 29 DCR 1060.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 3-203.2.


§ 4–203.03. Maintenance in public institution by Mayor.

No child 6 years of age or younger shall be maintained by the Mayor in any public institution except for medical treatment.


(Apr. 6, 1982, D.C. Law 4-101, § 303, 29 DCR 1060.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 3-203.3.


§ 4–203.04. Assignment to public institution by Mayor.

The Mayor shall not assign any child regardless of age to any public institution except that any such child who requires medical treatment may be assigned to a hospital or other medical facility for such treatment or unless ordered to such rehabilitative institution as a court of competent jurisdiction may direct.


(Apr. 6, 1982, D.C. Law 4-101, § 304, 29 DCR 1060.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 3-203.4.