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Frequently Asked Questions

Who do we serve?

Woodley House serves adult men and women (ages 24 and over) who have been diagnosed with mental illness. Woodley House is a private organization; our residents come to us on a voluntary basis.

Do you have to be a Washington, DC resident to enter Woodley House?

No, but you need to be a Washington, DC resident to receive funding assistance through the Washington, DC Department of Behavioral Health.

What services do you offer?

Woodley House is a mental health recovery program and provides housing and services for men and women in various stages of recovery. We offer a range of housing from short-term crisis care to group homes to supported independent living. We also offer Life Skills Training or Mental Health Rehabilitative Services (MHRS), a Food Pantry, and a Respite Care Program.

Who pays for your services?

Fees for our services and housing can be paid either privately or with help from the publicly-funded Washington, DC Department of Behavioral Health.

How long can a resident stay?

A client’s length of stay depends on the program in which he or she enrolls.

  1. Crossing Place, our crisis stabilization home, usually supports clients between 2-14 days.

  2. Valenti House, our flagship home, typically supports residents for 1-2 years.

  3. Holly House, our longer-term group home, supports residents for 2 years or more.

  4. Our Supported Independent Living Apartment Program supports residents in shared apartments for an extended period, with many staying for several years. Residents enter our programs voluntarily, so their stay depends on the mutual understanding and approval of both resident and Woodley House.

How do I apply?

The application process for Woodley House depends on the program and whether the applicant requires public funding assistance.

  1. Crossing Place, our crisis stabilization home: You must first contact the DC Department of Behavioral Health Access Helpline (1-888-793-4357) for a psychiatric authorization to receive crisis care, after which you can request Crossing Place.

  2. Valenti House & Holly House, our group homes:
    Applicants need to contact the program directly to determine needed documentation and set up initial interview. For Valenti House: call 202-830-3516. For Holly House: call 202-830-3512.

  3. Mental Health Rehabilitative Services (MHRS) Clinical Support Services: For individuals who do not reside at Woodley House but wish to receive our Life Skills support services, please contact Maria Paipa at 202-830-3526.

  4. Respite Care Program: Please contact Ed Barnett, Woodley House Residential Director at 202-830-3508.

How long does it take to be admitted, and what documentation is required?

The intake process can take a day or up to a few weeks, depending on completion of documentation and whether the prospective resident is publicly funded.

Applicants who intend to pay privately need:

  1. Proof of ability to pay

  2. A referral from a psychiatrist that includes a residential program like Woodley House in the applicant’s treatment plan

  3. An intake interview

Residents who require publicly funded assistance need:

  1. Proof of Washington, DC residence

  2. A DC Department of Behavioral Health eCura number (proof of enrollment in the Department of Mental Health system)

  3. A recommendation from a Core Service Agency to include Woodley House in their treatment plan

  4. Completion of paperwork required by the DC Department of Behavioral Health and Core Service Agency

  5. An intake interview