Contemporary Family Services, Inc. is a community-based comprehensive mental health agency. We offer a myriad of services across our sites to include counseling and psychiatric treatment, case management, and medication management. Please take a look at each location to see our specific supplemental programmatic offerings.

Washington, DC

Core Services Agency

Contemporary Family Services serves as a clinical home for District residents who have mental health concerns. As such, CFS is committed to ensuring that children, families and adults receive high-quality mental health care. This includes promoting evidence-based practices (EBP) to improve the quality and quantity of clinical treatment available to families and mental health providers.

Evidence-based practices are approaches to treatment that consider research to inform choices for effective courses of treatment. The CFS framework is grounded in Ecological Theory; therefore, the main focus is on the role of context in the outcomes of individuals, families, and communities. CFS implements several EBP based on the individual needs of each consumer.

Additional Treatment Modalities Provided by CFS under the regulations of the Core Services Agency Include:

  • Individual Psychotherapy

  • Interpersonal Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Recovery Model

  • Psychoeducation

  • Group Therapy

  • Psychopharmacology

  • Supported Employment

  • Behavior Management

  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation

  • Consumer and Family Empowerment

  • Community Support

Free Standing Mental Health Clinic

Contemporary Family Services, Inc. Free Standing Mental Health Clinic provides quality mental health services to the Medicaid eligible population. All services are rendered under the direction of a licensed psychiatrist. We ensure ongoing improvement among the various treatment providers, and we emphasize outpatient and community-based treatment in order to reduce the need for inpatient services.

Additional Treatment Modalities Provided by CFS under the regulations of the Free Standing Mental Health Include:

  • Individual Psychotherapy

  • Interpersonal Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

  • Recovery Model

  • Psychoeducation

  • Group Therapy

  • Psychopharmacology

  • Behavior Management

  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation

  • Consumer and Family Empowerment

Supported Employment

Supported Employment is an evidence-based practice that assists individuals living with mental illness gain and maintain competitive jobs in the workforce. Supported Employment participants report increased income, improved self-esteem, improved quality of life, reduced substance use and reduced symptoms.

At Contemporary Family Services, we specialize in providing supported employment services to transitional age youth, returning citizens, as well as individuals who are homeless and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We believe that everyone who wants to work is capable of having a fruitful career.


How does Supported Employment work?

Our Supported Employment program is designed to provide ongoing support through a system of collaboration, which includes the following services;

  • Every consumer is provided with an Employment Specialist to help guide their journey to gainful employment, every individual who wants to work is eligible

  • We start the job search soon after an individual expresses interest in working

  • Job coaching and job retention support is provided to keep our participants employed

  • Employment specialists build relationships with employers and practitioners to provide comprehensive support

  • Employment specialists help match the interests and skills of individuals with competitive jobs

  • Employment specialists help consumers become as independent and self-reliant as possible

  • Employment specialists provide unlimited job support

  • Our services are free for Medicaid eligible participants

Community Support

We provide targeted case management services to our consumers in an effort to support their social-emotional development and treatment goals. Our consumers are paired with a Community Support Worker who will develop a plan to address a number of treatment concerns to include:
  • Rehabilitation and Recovery

  • Family Education and Support

  • Skill Building

  • Linkages to resources

  • Relapse Prevention

Court Involved Youth Services

We provide a number of community-based wraparound support services for the most vulnerable at-risk youth and families in the District. In addition to our full array of mental health services, we partner with social service and other public agencies to provide the following services:

  • Mentoring

  • Tutoring

  • Family Support

School Based Mental Health

Mental health is directly related to the way students learn and develop. It impacts how they build relationships, express their emotions, make decisions, develop self-esteem and how they feel about school and their future. Mental Health affects not only the success and well-being of the individual student but also the school climate and outcomes for all students.

Our School Based Mental Health program is designed to successfully address mental health, and social/emotional developmental challenges that create barriers to effective learning by:

    • Promoting a safe and healthy learning environment for all students;

    • Addressing classroom behavior and discipline;

    • Encouraging students’ academic success,

    • Preventing and responding to crisis;

    • Supporting students’ social-emotional needs;

    • Identifying and responding to serious mental health problems

    • Supporting and partnering with at-risk families

    • Decreasing the number of interventions required to maintain students in their classrooms and home communities

    • Increasing students’ potential to develop into healthy, productive adults by furthering their education


    The following School Based Mental Health services are provided in both the schools and community;

    *Services are available based on location

    • Assessment

    • Community-Based Intervention (CBI)

    • Medication management, as required

    • Individual therap

    • Group therapy

    • Family therapy

    • Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

    • Interpersonal skills development

    • Case management

    • Crisis intervention

    • Mentoring services

    • Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

    • Tutoring services

    • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program

    About CFS Programs for Persons with Intellectual and Development Disabilities

    All of our programs are in compliance with DC Public Law 2-137, Evans vs Gray court order, and other applicable laws and regulation. Additionally, our programs are for persons enrolled in the Home and Community-Based Services Waiver for Persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD Waiver) in the District of Columbia. As such, our program objectives are to build a service for persons with intellectual and developmental that will embrace the very existence of their unique challenges and rejections. CFS core values of integrity, respect, person-centered, advocacy, competency, accountability and evidence-based. Our excellence is what fosters the energy to meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the people we serve.

    Behavioral Supports

    Behavioral support is an appropriate service for a person who displays a pattern or patterns of behavior which limit his or her ability to engage in activities or relationships that are meaningful to the person; or which threaten the physical safety of the person or those around them. Our behavioral support program encourages health, safety and wellbeing. In furtherance thereof, we assist consumers to gain independence and acquire community living skills.

    Family Training

    CFS Family Training program provides instructional training about treatment regiments and other services included in the person’s ISP and Plan of care; counseling to meet the needs of the person; and other professional support services to families whom care for a person who has an intellectual and development disabilities. The purpose of family training is to provide a wealth of training of which shall increase the knowledge thereof and decrease the chances of a premature residential placement outside of the home. Additionally, family training will enhance the decision-making capacity of the family unit, provide orientation regarding the nature and impact of developmental disability upon the consumer and his or her family and teach them about alternatives.

    Supportive Employment

    Our Supported Employment program offers job training; job placement and development and supportive activities. All of our models (Individual Job Support Model; Small Group Supported Employment Model and Entrepreneurial Model) designed to assist and support the person before and after he or she has obtained employment. During intake and assessment, our staff works with the consumer to discuss and examine the consumer’s interests, strengths, preferences and skills in effort to obtain competitive employment and to further identify the necessary conditions for the person’s successful participation in employment. The expectation is that the person’s reliance upon job training and supportive activities will decline as a result of job skills training and support from supervisors and co-workers in the existing work setting to maintain employment.

    Wellness Services

    Our Wellness Services are designed to promote and maintain good health and increase a person’s independence, participation, emotional well-being and productivity in their home, work and community. Such services include bereavement counseling; fitness training; massage therapy; nutrition evaluation and consultation; and sexuality education.

    • Bereavement Counseling

    • Our licensed clinicians uses psychotherapy to help individual’s cope with grief and mourning following the death of loved one(s), or with major life changes that trigger feelings of grief. Our grief counselors know that everyone experiences and expresses grief different and are able to assist in a person-centered approach.

    • Fitness Training

    • CFS fitness trainers assist individuals in having a well-rounded routine of good health. Routine exercise may include aerobic fitness, strength training, core exercises, balance training, flexibility and stretching.

    • Massage Therapy

    • Our massage therapists uses various techniques to enhance function; aid in healing; decrease muscle reflect activity; inhibit motor-neuron excitability; promote relaxation and well being.

    • Nutrition Evaluation & Consultation Services

    • Contemporary Family Services, Inc. nutrition evaluation and consultation services will enhance the decision-making capacity of the individual; promote improved health; and provide orientation on food preparation, food storage and physician’s orders.

    • Sexuality Education

    • CFS aims to reduce the risks of potentially negative outcomes from sexuality behavior such as unwanted or unplanned pregnancies and infection with sexually transmitted diseases including HIV. We strive to contribute to individual’s positive experience with their sexuality by enhancing the quality of their relationships and their ability to make informed decisions over their lifetime.