Statement Regarding the Recent Killings of Unarmed African Americans

Juanita Price, CEO, Hillcrest Children and Family Center released the following statement on the recent killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. … If injustice exists anywhere, it is a negative force and is harmful even to places where justice currently exists.”

—Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail.


Hillcrest has an annual tradition of celebrating  “Peace and Unity” in May concurrent with the promotion of May as Mental Health Month.   This year we dedicate our tradition to Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.  We abhor the unmitigated violence of rouge law enforcement officers, we detest private citizens cloaked with racism who deputize themselves and prey on innocent people doing innocent things, and moreover we reject injustice everywhere.

The violence toward innocent people perpetrated by rogue police officers and those pretending to be police officers must stop.  We must all take a firm just stand!  Hillcrest Children and Family Center, having served  in the District of Columbia for 204 years as a behavioral health organization providing hope, advocacy and support for our community,  joins our voice with those who are committed to developing strategies, taking actions, and holding those accountable to end this senseless murder, mayhem, and misery that we are experiencing as a nation.

The drum major of peace reminds us, “ We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.”  The killings, murder, and cavalier treatment of Black life in these instances, impacts all of us.  We at  Hillcrest implore you to   write a letter, start a petition,  put a sign in your window, vote and moreover commit yourself to promoting  justice, love, peace and unity for all mankind.  We must work for swift justice and systemic change!

The Hillcrest Children and Family Center extends our sincere condolences and prayers to the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd (and all of the others) during this difficult time.

May 29, 2020

Our short-term family housing program will continue to operate 24 hours 7 days per week.

Special Message to You

Due to the impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Hillcrest is implementing measures to provide essential behavioral health services to our clients.  The designation of Hillcrest as an essential service was made on Tuesday, March 24,2020, by Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Our goal is to provide continuity of care to our service population in a manner that presents the least risk to clients, staff and the general community.   Services will continue at Hillcrest consistent with our quality standards and mission driven by our Board of Directors.  Hillcrest will continue to partner with the Department of Behavioral Health, Department of Human Services , Department of Health and follow the general guidance of the District Government Rules and Executive Orders.

Many significant actions have been taken so that we may continue to provide essential services through this crisis.  These actions effective today include:

  • New Clinic Hours for psychiatric and medication services
    •  915 Rhode Island Site M/W 8:30-3:00 p.m.
    • 3029 MLK Avenue T/S 8:30-3:00 p.m.
  • Telehealth for all services
    • Clients with phones and computers will receive their services via videoconferencing and telephone
    • Alternative arrangements will be made for clients without telephone access
  • Intake Services including Assessment and Referral by Appointment only 
    • intake@hillcrest-dc.org or 202-232-6100
    • Hillcrest will remain open for new clients; however, same day walk in intakes have been suspended

Our short-term family housing program will continue to operate 24 hours 7 days per week.

Hillcrest, established in 1815 by Dolley Madison to care for orphans from the War of 1812, has functioned through every natural and man-made disaster for 205 Years.  Hillcrest stands in partnership with you and all of our stakeholders to promote the safety and well-being of our community.  Please know that the Hillcrest team will work diligently to maintain the mission of Hillcrest Children and Family Center and provide courageous leadership that will move us through this crisis.


Juanita Price, CEO


Hillcrest Children and Family Center (Hillcrest Center) is a behavioral health care and social services agency that provides behavioral health treatment and prevention as well as community and family support services. We are a private non-profit organization founded in 1815 by First Lady Dolley Madison and chartered by an Act of Congress. Throughout its history, Hillcrest Center has offered primary prevention and mental health services to children and families. With a commitment to provide each client with the highest quality, cost effective, and timely service to meet their needs, we promote wellness and the well-being of our service population, staff, and the general community.

The Hillcrest Center mission statement speaks to our historical commitment to children and families:

To promote the well-being and holistic development of all children, youth, and families of the District of Columbia and surrounding areas through comprehensive, culturally responsive, family and community focused services, education, and advocacy.

OUR VISION – To become a world-class behavioral health and social service organization achieving positive outcomes for the people and communities we serve.

OUR GOAL – To ensure children, adolescents, adults and families have access to client centered, quality behavioral health treatment that is delivered in a timely fashion by qualified professionals.

We look forward to serving you!



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