Policies and Services | District of Columbia

State System of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)

Caregiver Assessment in Medicaid HCBS Waiver Program No
At Least One State Program with Consumer-Directed Option for Family Caregivers No
Lifespan Respite Grant Yes
State Respite Coalition Yes


Benefits.gov - District of Columbia

Benefits.gov (formerly GovBenefits.gov) was launched in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to government benefit and assistance programs. Eight years after its initial launch, GovBenefits.gov underwent a major redesign and became Benefits.gov. However, the program's mission remains the same: reduce the expense and difficulty of interacting with the government while increasing citizen access to government benefit information.

Caregiving 2.0: Innovative Directions in Data and Service Delivery

This session will feature the latest updates on two FCA projects: FCA Care Compass (Caregiver 2.0) that provides online services and support for family caregivers from intake and assessment to training, consultation, education, decision support and related services. Additionally the session will include the findings from the Atlas of Caregiving project that tracked and analyzed a day in the life of a caregiver using time logs, ethnographic pre-post interviews and a variety of wearable and installed technologies.

Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs

Mission and Goals

The mission of the District of Columbia Office of Veterans Affairs (OVA) is to effectively advocate on behalf of District of Columbia veterans and their families to assist them in obtaining their earned veteran services and benefits. Additionally, OVA recognizes the military service and sacrifice of District of Columbia veterans at veteran commemorative events.

OVA will continue its mission to achieve the following:

Legal Council for the Elderly (LCE)

LCE handles cases for Washington, D.C. residents who are age 60 and older. They also handle Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability cases for D.C. residents age 55 and older. LCE handles most types of civil (not criminal) legal matters. Where they cannot help directly, they refer clients to someone who can.

Neighborhood Legal Service Program

Neighborhood Legal Service Program provides free legal representation in the following areas of law:

- Family
- Housing
- Consumer affairs
- Public benefits
- Public benefits
- Income maintenance
- Health
- Domestic violence\
- Barriers to employment
- Wills
- Veteran affairs

Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia

For more than 80 years, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia lawyers have provided a continuum of legal services to clients in the following areas:

  • Domestic violence/family
  • Housing
  • Public benefits
  • Consumer law

In addition to providing direct representation, Legal Aid Society also helps its clients avoid unnecessary legal entanglements through outreach and education, and help them resolve their own disputes with advice and other brief assistance.

Senior Wellness Centers

Provides free health and wellness services focused on health promotion and disease prevention for older adults. Programs include:
- Exercise classes
- Support groups
- Health seminars
- Creative arts classes

Transportation Services

D.C. offers the following transportation options to help residents who are elderly or disabled get around the community:

Medical Transportation Management (MTM)

Medical Transportation Management provides non-emergency transportation to eligible Medicaid beneficiaries that have appointments with Medicaid providers. To use this service, Medicaid beneficiaries must make their transportation service request by contacting MTM 72 hours (three days) before their scheduled appointment. You may call them at (866) 796-0601 or (202) 263-4640.


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