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Thu, Oct 19 2017

Dialogue and Conversation: What’s Happening with Behavioral Health in DC,

Busboys and Poets, Washington, District of Columbia, United States Busboys and Poets, Washington, District of Columbia, United States

  • About the event

    Is being healthy a privilege? Why are there barriers to quality healthcare, including mental healthcare, for those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged or part of an ethnic or minority population — especially in urban populations? Finding proper mental healthcare even for those with insurance and with economic stability can be challenging. Navigating insurance, connecting with the right therapist, long wait times for appointments, and rising costs of co-pays can be daunting. But it’s even harder for racial, ethnic, and gender minorities. When they do receive care, it’s often of poorer quality.

    On October 19, 4 speakers will discuss the their view of  the status of mental healthcare disparity in DC today, who it affects, and why it matters. We then look forward to a healthy conversation, moderated by Jayne O'Donnell, Health Reporter for USA Today, about how we  can raise the bar for better mental healthcare in our community.

    We hope you'll join the conversation and make a difference!

    Why should you sponsor?

    “Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.” — Jay Danzie

    • Goodwill, local partnership, and giving back to our community.
    • Great publicity – this event will be promoted by Busbuys and Poets, through our contacts at Howard University and the mental health community, and social media. Sponsors will also be listed at the event, and acknowledged before and after the event in our e-newsletter, Annual Report, and website.
    • You’ll be recognized as a stigma-fighter; one who cares about the people in our community; and, if a business, as a contributer to the enrichment of our community with a legitimate interest in local causes.


    Elissa Brooks

    Since our inception in 1980, McClendon Center has been dedicated to preparing people recovering from serious mental illness to improve their quality of life. Our goals are to provide our clients with the skills to: live as independently as possible; maintain their physical, as well as mental, well-being; obtain safe and affordable housing; secure employment; manage their finances; and encourage, improve, and increase their social interactions. Our services include psychiatric counseling, medication management, Day Program, Patient Discharge Coordination (PDC), and community support. In addition, we have partnered with Deaf-REACH to provide specialized Day Program groups for 10 individuals who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing. 

    In the past year, more than 2,000 adults diagnosed with severe mental illness came to McClendon Center for some type of treatment including 700 hospitalized individuals assisted by our PDC team members, 1,200 individuals receiving direct services and treatment through our Core Services Agency (CSA), and 152 clients in our Day Program. In addition to their mental illness, many of our clients have at least one co-occuring medical condition such as hypertension, diabetes, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and asthma. A majority of our clients represent the disenfranchised and vulnerable population in our community – with most living below the DC poverty line and with inadequate or no access to primary health care. Our constituency is predominantly African American (88%) and 43% are 55 or older.

    McClendon Center has consistently scored highest amongst the 29 DC providers on the Department of Behavioral Health’s Provider Scorecard, which evaluates DC community-based mental health providers for quality of services, adherence to Federal and District regulations and policy requirements as well as financial compliance. In 2014, McClendon Center earned the only five-star rating, and has earned five-star scores annually thereafter. It was noted by the Office of Accountability that our score was due in part to effective record-keeping to drive quality care, efficient management, and our use of full-time staff members rather than contractors, thereby fostering an environment where therapists buy into our mission. 

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  • 1-50 attendees expected


    50% Male Attendees


    50% Female Attendees

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