The Admissions Process
When you call for an appointment you will speak with an intake coordinator to briefly discuss your substance abuse history, prior treatment, and your current drug use to make an initial determination of your general eligibility for treatment at PIDARC. If you are eligible, you will then be given an appointment for a comprehensive assessment that will require you to be at the clinic for 3-4 hours. You must show photo identification upon arrival. A licensed counselor will meet with you to conduct a biopsychosocial history. In addition, you will receive a physical examination, including blood work and urinalysis the same day, if possible. If it has been determined that you are not qualified, a referral for appropriate services will be made.
Fees & Referral Process
Patients who are D.C. residents and have no insurance or whose insurance does not cover substance abuse treatment services, including Medicare, may be eligible to receive financial assistance for treatment at PIDARC. Patients must first be assessed for eligibility and referred by The DC Department of Behavioral Health Assessment and Referral Center (ARC) at 75 P Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.
Call PIDARC directly at 202-296-4455 for more information.
PIDARC also accepts Medicaid. Patients must receive an authorization from the DC Department of Behavioral Health to be referred for treatment. Call PIDARC directly at 202-296-4455 for more information.
PIDARC has a contract with Kaiser Permanente; however, those insured by Kaiser must be assessed and referred directly by Kaiser in order to be admitted; please call the phone number listed for Mental Health on the back of your insurance card for more information on Kaiser’s referral process.
PIDARC also accepts patients who pay out of pocket. PIDARC’s all inclusive rate includes methadone and all other treatment services provided by PIDARC. Call 202-296-4455 for more information.
Guest Dosing Services:
Patients from other clinics, who are visiting the Washington, D.C. area, may be medicated at PIDARC for up to 28 days. Arrangements for guest dosing must be initiated by the patient’s current methadone clinic at least seven days in advance of the patient’s arrival, by calling PIDARC’s patient coordinator at 202-296-4455. The patient coordinator will then provide further information about PIDARC’s guest dosing requirements and procedures and ask the referring clinic to provide information about methadone dosage and any other treatment needs of the patient needing the service. Upon arrival at PIDARC, additional paperwork must be completed prior to being medicated and confirmation of the current dose will once again be obtained from the home clinic. Guest Dosing can only be initiated during weekdays, Monday-Friday.