The Center for Families and Children

Youth Centered   Family Focused   Community Based

Community Connections is pleased to offer services to children and youth who suffer from mental illness, substance abuse, or a history of trauma. Our goal is to provide high-quality, clinical mental health services focused on the strengths of each individual child and family. Family support and skill building are offered through individual, group, and family-based interventions. Community Connections utilizes the focus and creativity of the entire team to develop flexible and targeted interventions. Problems are recognized in their proper context and addressed through collaborative partnerships with families and their formal and informal support networks.

What to Expect:

  • Comprehensive Assessments
  • Individual Treatment Planning
  • Community-Based Services
  • Collaboration and Teaming
  • Culturally Competent and Well-Trained Staff
  • On-Call Crisis Services
  • Evidence-Based Program

Our Services:

  • Community-Based Intervention
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Groups
  • Family-Based Services



Interested in Enrolling?

If you are interested in receiving services at The Center for Families and Children or have questions about our services, please come to an Information Session.


You can sign up for our next session by visiting our calendar. Your child does not need to attend the Information Session.

Enrollment Checklist:

  • Washington DC resident
  • Between 6 and 17 years old
  • DC Medicaid Recipient (Amerihealth, Trustsed, MedStar)
  • Significant behavioral problems in one or more of the following areas: home, school, peers, or community



The Healing, Recovering, and Empowering Together (HEART) program is an innovative 5-year project funded by SAMHSA, to grow their National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. HEART’s ambitious mission is to improve early access to integrated high-quality behavioral health and trauma specific treatment for children, youth, and their families. The goal of the program is to disrupt the transmission of intergenerational trauma. Family peers and clinicians will develop and implement creative strategies to provide coordinated services that will allow for integrated child and adult services. HEART will utilize Community-Based Intervention and Family Team Meetings, with trauma-specific evidence based practices offerings: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for 1:1 child-specific recovery work, Strengthening Families Coping Resources for multi-family group recovery work, and Trauma Recovery and Empowerment for adult women’s recovery work.