Code of the District of Columbia

§ 4–1303.03e. Behavioral health screening and assessment requirements.

(a)(1) All children in the custody of the Agency shall, to the extent that it is not inconsistent with a court order, receive a behavioral health screening and, if necessary, a behavioral health assessment within 30 days of initial contact with the Agency or a placement disruption. Through rulemaking, the Mayor may reduce the number of days within which a behavioral health screening and behavioral health assessment are required.

(2) As part of the behavioral health screening required by paragraph (1) of this subsection, the Agency shall identify children who are victims of, or who may be at risk for becoming victims of, sex trafficking of children under § 22-1834.

(b) The Agency shall connect all children who are assessed as being in need of behavioral health care to an appropriate behavioral health service.

(c) The Agency shall provide the behavioral health resource guide for parents and legal guardians and the behavioral health resource guide for youth created pursuant to § 7-1131.18 to families of children in Agency custody.