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Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration (APRA)

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The Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration certifies a network of community based providers in the public behavioral health system to provide substance use disorder services including detoxification, residential and outpatient services based on the level of need.  It also provides a range of prevention and recovery services. APRA regulates and sets policy for substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services.

To enroll in services, call or visit the Assessment and Referral Center (The ARC)

Hours of Operation: 7am - 6pm
For same day service, arrive before 3:30pm
64 New York Avenue NE (enter on Florida Avenue near the P Street intersection)
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone (202) 727-8473
Fax: (202) 727-8411 


Hours of Operation: 8:15 am - 4:45 pm
64 New York Avenue, NE 3rd floor
Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: (202) 727-8857
Fax: (202) 727-0092


To ensure a continuum of quality substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services for District residents and families coping with the disease of addiction or who are at risk of becoming addicted to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Summary of Services

To effectively address substance abuse in the District of Columbia, the Addiction Prevention and Recovery Administration (“APRA”) promotes access to a continuum of quality substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

Prevention includes reducing factors that inrease the risk of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use and abuse among children and youth, as well as promoting the likelihood of healthy, drug-free youth and their families.

Treatment includes assessment and referrals for appropriate levels of substance abuse treatment including outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential, detoxification and stabilization, and medication assisted therapy. 

Recovery Support includes wrap-around services, such as care coordination, mentoring, coaching, educational support, job readiness and training, public transportation and other services to support recovery.

Continuum of Quality Care

The following services are available as part of our continuum of quality care:

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