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DBSA NCA has three support groups: two for adults with recurrent depression or bipolar disorder, and one for family, friends and loved ones of people who have mood disorders (e.g., clinical depression, bipolar illness).

Adults with recurrent depression or bipolar disorder (Washington DC)

Mondays:  12:15-1:15 pm (Room 203)

Thursdays:  7:00-8:45 pm (Parlor)
Social group begins at 6:30 pm

Groups do not meet on federal holidays & snow days

Location:  Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Metro:  The church is at the corner of 16th and P streets.  It is about three blocks from the Dupont Circle Metrorail Station (use south exit).

Parking:  There is limited metered street parking, and a parking garage on P street between 16th and 17th Streets.

Web site:  www.dbsanca.org


Adults with recurrent depression or bipolar disorder (Bethesda MD)

Alternate Wednesdays:  7 pm

Does not meet if Montgomery County schools are closed.

Location:  Christ Lutheran Church, 8011 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, Maryland

For more information, including meeting dates, visit the web site at


The group also sponsors other groups such as Writing Group, Hiking Group and a Socializing group.


Family, friends and loved ones of people with mood disorders

Usually meets the first and third Wednesday of the month.  Sometimes these days interfere with other events and the dates are changed.  The actual dates are listed below.   There is no meeting in July and one meeting in August.  Also, there is only one meeting in December and April because of holidays. See below for meeting dates. 

Time:  7:30-9:00 pm

Group does not meet if the Montgomery County schools are cancelled for weather or other safety issues.

Location:  As you enter the parking lot, the entrance is next to the flagpole.


CAPS Program (Montgomery County)

Career Academic Psych-rehab Services Program

To apply for Cornerstone Montgomery's Career Academic Pysch-rehab Services (CAPS) program, you must complete the CAPS Application.  Once the application is received, a member of the CAPS program will contact you to schedule an intake interview.

Cornerstone Montgomery's Career Academic Psych-rehab Services (CAPS) supports young adults age 18 to 25 with serious mental health disorders or serious emotional disturbance attain their employment and academic goals. The CAPS provides a combination of supported education and supported employment. Employment supports include career planning, work based assessments, job development/placement services, customized employment, job coaching and follow along support as long as necessary. The program also provides assistance with college registration, financial aid, time management, stress reduction and symptom management.

A participant works with both a Rehabilitation Coordinator and Employment Specialist to establish and attain their goals.  The CAPS staff work closely with all other providers, clients’ natural support systems (family and friends), schools, educators, business mentors and employers to coordinate services and successful outcomes for participants with a focus on promoting independence, continuity of care, skill development, successful matriculation within chosen academic setting, job acquisition and retention.

Resources available to CAPS participants include: Individual assistance in identifying transition, career and/or educational goals; career education and career development; college or vocational education development, placement and support; job development and job placement; family support services; identification of supplementary service needs; and identification and linkage with community resources.



The items in the calendar listed below includes dates of the meetings for the family support group and other meetings of interest.


  January 2018 - June 2018
Family Support Group: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM


 Month  1st Wednesday  3rd
January 3 17
February 7 21
March 7 21
April no meeting 18
May 2 16
June 6 20



Education Program:  Mood Disorders Symposium at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, April 18, 1-5 pm.  www.hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry/specialty_areas/moods/events/


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