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Principles and Values to Guide Child and Adolescent Public Behavioral Health Care System Transformation in the District of Columbia

This document outlines a set of values and principles needed to improve the District of Columbia’s public behavioral health system, with the intention of building on these principles in the form of proposed solutions in the near future. The authors of this document – Children’s Law Center, Children’s National Health System, the District of Columbia Behavioral Health Association, Early Childhood Innovation Network, and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/Georgetown University Medical Center – believe these values and principles will serve as a guideline for delivering effective, accessible, and acceptable community-based services and supports for children, youth, and families with or at-risk for behavioral health concerns.